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Shirley Scott Dies at 67

After a long battle with heart disease, organist Shirley Scott died on Sunday, Mar. 10 at Presbyterian Medical Center in her hometown Philadelphia. She was 67.

Born Mar. 13, 1934, Scott began playing music on the trumpet, but in the 1950s the sound of Jimmy Smith’s screaming Hammond B-3 lured her to the heavier keyboard instrument. By the late ’50s Scott had gained considerable recognition, recording album after album for Prestige, many featuring the bold sound of Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis on tenor saxophone. It was Davis that had given Scott a break in the late ’50s, having her record on albums like Jaws In Orbit and Very Saxy. In 1960, Scott married saxophonist Stanley Turrentine and the two cut many of the most cherished soul-jazz recordings of the 1960s before ending their marriage eleven years later.

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