Mabel Scott

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Mabel Bernice Scott (April 30, 1915 – July 20, 2000) was an American gospel music and R&B vocalist. Mabel Scott_sentence_0

She lived in New York and Cleveland before arriving on the West Coast blues scene in 1942. Mabel Scott_sentence_1

Mabel is probably remembered more for her 1948 hits "Elevator Boogie" and "Boogie Woogie Santa Claus" than for her 1949–1951 marriage to the featured piano player of "Elevator Boogie", Charles Brown of Johnny Moore's Three Blazers. Mabel Scott_sentence_2

Early life Mabel Scott_section_0

Mabel Scott was born in Richmond, Virginia, the daughter of Rachael and Thomas Scott. Mabel Scott_sentence_3

By 1930, she was living in New York City with her mother. Mabel Scott_sentence_4

She developed her singing voice in church, eventually forming an all-girl gospel group, the Song Cycles. Mabel Scott_sentence_5

Around 1932 Scott began singing at Harlem's Cotton Club with Cab Calloway's Orchestra and the dancing Nicholas Brothers. Mabel Scott_sentence_6

Europe Mabel Scott_section_1

Scott moved to Cleveland, Ohio in 1936, then she and pianist Bob Mosley went to England and recorded on the Parlophone Records label. Mabel Scott_sentence_7

World War II forced her to stop her European tours, and she settled in Los Angeles, where she became part of the postwar West Coast jazz and R&B scene. Mabel Scott_sentence_8

Los Angeles Mabel Scott_section_2

Following a short spell with Jimmie Lunceford's Orchestra, Scott was a regular performer by 1943 at Club Alabam, along with master of ceremonies Wynonie Harris. Mabel Scott_sentence_9

She sang with a group led by Lorenzo Flennoy and began recording for the Hub and Excelsior labels. Mabel Scott_sentence_10

In 1948 she toured and scored Billboard R&B hits with "Boogie Woogie Santa Claus" and "Elevator Boogie." Mabel Scott_sentence_11

Scott married her pianist, Charles Brown, in 1949, and was divorced from him about three years later. Mabel Scott_sentence_12

In the early 1950s Scott recorded for King Records, Coral Records, Brunswick Records, and Parrot Records. Mabel Scott_sentence_13

Her final recordings were on Festival Records as part of an Australian tour backed by Les Welch's band. Mabel Scott_sentence_14

Later life Mabel Scott_section_3

Disillusioned with the music business and unhappy after her second marriage, Mabel Scott returned to her gospel roots, singing only in church for the rest of her life. Mabel Scott_sentence_15

She was given a Pioneer Award by the Rhythm and Blues Foundation in 1995. Mabel Scott_sentence_16

She died in Los Angeles in 2000, aged 85. Mabel Scott_sentence_17


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