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Episode #712 – Mabel Scott

Air Week: December 25-31, 2023

Mabel Scott

Mabel Scott was an incredibly versatile artist. She was a pianist, pop vocalist, R&B chanteuse and could shout the blues with the best of ’em. But like many of her peers, Scott never received the royalties or recognition that she deserved, even on songs that she wrote. Many others made money off her, especially on her two charting tunes, 1948’s “Elevator Boogie” and “Boogie Woogie Santa Clause,” which returns every Christmas Season. Mabel began recording in 1946 with a one-off single for the Hub Label, which should be remembered today as the prototype for her 1950 recording of “Baseball Boogie.” In 1948, she started having hits for Leon Rene’s Exclusive Label, but when that label folded in 1950, she moved to King Records, Coral, Brunswick, Parrot and finally Australia’s Festival Records. This week, Matt The Cat presents the seldom told story of a great heroine of Rhythm & Blues, Mabel Scott on the “Juke In The Back” and the “soul that came before rock n’ roll.”

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