Marilyn Scott / Mary De Loach : A Short Story©2008JCMarion


Very little is known about Marilyn Scott other than she was from Charlotte, North Carolina, and did some local recording in the late nineteen forties. In June of 1950 Marilyn Scott records for the new independent label, Muse Records located in the Brill Building on Broadway in New York City. The Lou Currie Quartet handles the backup chores on the record. The songs are "Straighten Him Out" and "Another Woman's Man" on Muse # 1002. By October Muse Records is history and Scott signs on with Savoy Records headquartered in Newark, New Jersey. In December Marilyn Scott records with the Johnny Otis band and sings "Uneasy Blues" and "Beer Bottle Boogie" which is released on Savoy's subsidiary label, Regent Records # 1025. Scott also records gospel records as Mary DeLoach and signs with Savoy to record spirituals for the label. Her first gospel recording for Savoy is also released on the Regent label ( # 1023) and is "I'll Ride On A Cloud With My Lord" (with "Our Father Loves His Son" on the flip side) . The record becomes a best seller in the city of Atlanta.

In early 1951 Regent Records pushes # 1025 in the trade press. During the year as Mary DeLoach, she recorded "I Want To Die Easy" and "I Really Believe" on Regent # 1029. This was followed by "Mother Dear" and "If You Only Knew" on Regent # 1034. In February of 1952 DeLoach was featured on "The New Gospel Street" and "The Lord's Gospel Train" on # 1042. In late summer DeLoach is recorded for the parent Savoy label with the interesting song "Rumors Of War" and "Life Was A Burden" on Savoy # 4039. After the summer of 1952 Marilyn Scott / Mary De Loach was gone from the recording scene and no mention of her in the trade press was forthcoming.

Her two songs recorded with the Johnny Otis band all those years ago survive on the four disc "The Johnny Otis Rhythm & Blues Caravan : The Complete Savoy Recordings" for Savoy Jazz. And so the short and incomplete history of Marilyn Scott / Mary De Loach ends here. One note : there is a pop / jazz singer also named Marilyn Scott that has been recording since the mid eighties and of course is no relation.

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