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composer , pianist.

Mary Lou Williams, American composer, pianist. Member American Society Composers and Publishers.


Williams, Mary Lou was born on May 8, 1914 in Pittsburgh. Daughter of Mose and Virginia (Burley) Winn.


Educated Western House High School.


Child prodigy; has perfect pitch. With Andy Kirk’s orchestra 12 years. years (joined at age of 16) as pianist, arranger, conductor of rehearsals, composed, arranged recorded with band, Night Life and Overhand. Appeared at Cafe Society Uptown and Downtown, 1942-1947.

With Duke Ellington’s orchestra, 6 months, 1943. A composer and arranger for Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Glen Gray, Earl Hines, Bob Crosby, Andy Kirk, Louie Armstrong and others. Numerous night club appearances.


  • Other Work

    • Composer Zodiac Suite, (12 compositions based on astrology), played suite with New York Symphony orchestra, 1946, introduced suite, Town Hall, December 23, 1946. Composer: Lonely Moments, Whistle, Roll’Em, Walkin and Swingin, Fifth Dimension, The Juniper Tree, and over 100 others.


Member American Society Composers and Publishers.


Married John Williams. Married second, Harold Bake.

Mose Winn

Virginia (Burley) Winn

John Williams

Harold Bake.