Mary Lou Williams’ Death – Cause and Date

Born (Birthday)

May 8, 1910

Death Date

May 28, 1981

Age of Death

71 years

Cause of Death


Place of Death

May 28, 1981



The pianist Mary Lou died at the age of 71. Here is all you want to know, and more!

Biography - A Short Wiki

Pittsburghers lovingly called her ‘the little piano girl of East Liberty.’ She mentored Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk.

She was born in Georgia, but her family moved to Pittsburgh’s East Liberty neighborhood while she was still young.



“When Seymour saw me seated at the piano at that first rehearsal, he shouted: ‘What’s that kid doing here? Call your piano player and let’s get started.'” (Mary Lou Williams)


“I have been tied up with music for about as long as I can remember. By the time I was four I was picking out little tunes my mother played on the reed organ in the living-room.” (Mary Lou Williams)


“Quite a few musicians came to our house. And my ma took me to hear many more, hoping to encourage in me a love of music. But she wouldn’t consent to my having music lessons, for she feared I might end up as she had done – unable to play except from paper.” (Mary Lou Williams)


“Offers for me to play dances, society parties, even churches, were now coming in regularly. For most dates I was paid the sum of one dollar per hour, and they always tipped me at the end of the night.” (Mary Lou Williams)


“Within a few hours I had them off, was about ready to play the shows. That night I opened, and during the week Harris was over to the house to talk my mother into letting me leave home.” (Mary Lou Williams)