Peggy Scott-Adams

Home
Southern Soul Blog
New Album Reviews
CD STORE
Southern Soul Charts
Southern Soul Radio
Soul Blues Artists
Blues Critic Awards
Annual Best Of
Essential 50 Albums
The Top 50 Albums
Advertising
Contact Us

 

Peggy Scott-Adams BUY CDS

In the late '60s, the former Peggy Scott was part of a duo with Jo Jo Benson. Their first sessions in 1968, "Lover's Holiday" and "Pickin' Wild Mountain Berries", yielded a couple quick hits. They scored their third hit in 1969 with perhaps their best track, "Soul Shake," but only managed one more minor hit, "I Want to Love You Baby," before leaving SSS International label for Atco. The duo's career fizzled a few singles in the early '70s.

Scott was out of the music business for nearly two decades until a career resurgence. She moved to California and married a Compton city commissioner in 1988. In 1990 she sang with Ray Charles on a couple tracks from his 1990 Warner Bros. album, "I'll Take Care Of You". A Charles friend and collaborator, songwriter/producer Jimmy Lewis took Peggy Scott-Adams into the studio a few years later to record an album. In mid-1996, "Help Yourself" was released on Lewis' Miss Butch label. One of the tracks, "Bill" slowly became a huge hit and interest in her quickly grew. Since than she has released a half dozen more albums and enjoyed status as one of southern soul's biggest stars. After Lewis' death in 2004 Adams' recording career went on hiatus. She returned in 2009 with a Gospel CD on her own label, Nora.

Album Discography

"Soulshake" (SSS 1969)

1 Soulshake
2 We Got Our Bag
3 We Were Made For Each Other
4 Here With Me
5 Blow Your Mind
6 Lover's Holiday
7 Til The Morning Comes
8 Doin' Our Own Thing
9 Love Will Come Sneaking Up On You
10 Fine As Frog Hair
11 If That's The Only Way
12 Pickin' Wild Mountain Berries

"Lover's Heaven" (SSS 1969)

1. Lover's Heaven
2. Over The Hill Underground
3. Magic Fingers
4. Money Don't Satisfy
5. Knee Deep In Clover
6. I Want To Love You Baby
7. Sugarmaker
8. True Soul Lovin'
9. We're Gonna Get Back Together
10.Show It
11.Big City Blues

"Great Scott" (Polydor 1980)

1 Start My Motor
2 Make Me Loose
3 Your Love Is Tasty
4 You Came Down Hard On Me Baby
5 Let Me Untie You
6 You Got It All
7 Firepower
8 Move Maker
9 It Was The Best With You
10 Make It Soon

Peggy Scott & Jo Jo Benson "Nothing Can Stand In Our Way" (GCS 1984)

1.RIGHT FEELING AT THE WRONG
2.SAME FOLKS
3.LONG WAY FROM HERE
4.BEFORE THE FIRE DIES
5.TOO FAR GONE
6.WE'LL MAKE IT
7.NOTHING CAN STAND IN YOUR WAY
8.OH HOW I LOVE YOU
9.LOVE IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT
10.OH WHAT A FEELING

Peggy Scott & Jo Jo Benson "The Best Of" (Soul Classics 1995)

1. Lover's Holiday
2. Pickin' Wild Mountain Berries
3. Pure Love & Pleasure
4. Let's Spend a Day in the Country
5. When the Blind Leads the Blind
6. 'Til the Morning Comes
7. Soul Shake
8. Doing Our Thing
9. Love Will Come Sneaking up on You
10. We Were Made For Each Other
11. We Got Our Bag
12. Blow Your Mind
13. Magic Fingers
14. Big City Blues
15. Every Little Bit Hurts
16. Sugar Maker
17. Lover's Heaven
18. True Soul Lovin' / I Want To Love You Baby

Peggy Scott & Jo Jo Benson "Greatest Hits" (Paula 1997)

1. Lover's Holiday, A
2. Here With Me
3. Pickin' Wild Mountain Berries
4. Pure Love and Pleasure
5. Soul Shake
6. We Were Made for Each Other
7. I Want to Love You Baby
8. We Got Our Bag
9. When the Blind Leads the Blind
10. I've Got Lovin'
11. Every Little Bit Hurts
12. Big City Blues

Peggy Scott & Jo Jo Benson "Lover's Holiday: The Very Best Of" (Collectibles 1999)

1. Lover's Holiday, A
2. Till the Morning Comes
3. Money Don't Satisfy
4. Blow Your Mind
5. True Soul Lovin'
6. Pure Love and Pleasure
7. Fine as Frog Hair
8. Sugar Maker
9. I Want to Love You Baby
10. We Were Made for Each Other
11. Let's Spend a Day Out in the Country
12. Doin' Our Thing
13. Pickin' Wild Mountain Berries
14. When the Blind Leads the Blind
15. Magic Fingers
16. Big City Blues
17. Lover's Heaven
18. Every Little Bit Hurts
19. We Got Our Bag
20. Here With Me
21. Love Will Come Sneaking up on You
22. Soul Shake
23. If That's the Only Way
24. We're Gonna Get Back Together

Peggy Scott & Jo Jo Benson "The Complete SSS International Recordings" (R.P.M. 2000)

1. Lover's Holiday
2. Pickin' Wild Mountain Berries
3. Pure Love And Pleasure
4. Soulshake
5. Lover's Heaven
6. Big City Blues
7. I Want To Love You Baby
8. True Soul Lovin'
9. Money Don'T Satisfy
10. Sugarmaker
11. We Got Our Bag
12. We Were Made For Each Other
13. Here With Me
14. Blow Your Mind
15. 'Til The Morning Comes
16. Doin' Out Thing
17. Love Will Come Sneaking Up On You
18. Fine As Frog Hair
19. If That's The Only Way
20. It's The Little Things That Count
21. Let's Spend A Day Out In The Country
22. Over The Hill Underground
23. Magic Fingers
24. Knee Deep In Clover
25. We'Re Gonna Get Back Together
26. Show It

**** 26 tracks- "the complete 1960s recordings" by the duo, taken from their two albums and the singles, all on the SSS International label. Yet it's missing two songs -- the 1969 non-LP singles "Every Little Bit Hurts" and "When the Blind Leads the Blind" -- that show up on another out-of-print compilation, "The Best Of Peggy Scott & Jo Jo Benson" (on Ichiban/Soul Classics).

peggyscottadamshelpyourself.jpg "Help Yourself" (Miss Butch 1996)

1. Bill
2. Help Yourself
3. I'll Take Care of You
4. You, Her and His
5. Cleaning House
6. I'm Getting What I Want
7. Slow Drag
8. I Don't Wanna Steal It
9. Burning
10. Part Time Lover, Full Time Fool

**** Outstanding comeback CD by Peggy is a modern soul masterpiece. All ten tracks were written by Jimmy Lewis, including the now classic "Bill"- a song about a woman discovering her husband is cheating not with a woman...but "Bill"! Via word-of-mouth and radio requests the song grew and eventually peaked at #50 on the Billboard R & B singles chart and crossed over to #87 on the Pop chart, an extremely rare feat by a Southern soul singer these days. Other excellent, earthy songs like "Help Yourself" and "You, Her And His" helped propel the album to #9 on the R & B album charts (#72 Pop).

peggycontagious.jpg "Contagious" (Miss Butch 1997)

1. Spousal Abuse
2. I'm in Love
3. What'cha Doin' to Me
4. Leave Me Alone
5. It's So Hard Being a Woman
6. I'm So Lonely
7. Pam
8. When You Want Me
9. Girls Don't Like Cheap Guys
10. All of Our Friends

*** Similar-sounding follow up to her smash debut contains another provocative song called "Spousal Abuse" delivered in the 1st person. Once again all 10 tracks were written and produced by Jimmy Lewis. Other standouts include "Pam" & "Watcha Doin' To Me".

peggyqueen.jpg "Undisputed Queen" (Miss Butch 1999)

1. That's How I Do It
2. Let the Door Hit Ya!
3. That's OK With Me
4. It Ain't All Good
5. Mommy's No Dummy
6. When You're Married to a Fool
7. You Will Always Be My Man
8. Be Careful in the Name of Love
9. You're Too Freaky For Me
10. I'm Willing to Be a Friend

** Disappointing third album suffers from weak songs by Lewis this time around. Peggy's singing makes the disc worth it's while, thus the slower songs are to be preferred ( "Mommy's No Dummy," "That's How I Do It," and "You're Too Freaky for Me")

"Live In Alabama & More" (Miss Butch 2000)

1. That's How I Do It
2. Burning
3. I'll Take Care of You
4. Sweaty Men
5. When I'm With You
6. I'm Getting What I Want - (2000 Millennium Mix)
7. You, Her and His - (Hot to Trot Mix)
8. Be Careful in the Name of Love - (Asses on the Floor Mix)
9. Sweaty Men - (Doggie Style Mix)
10. Sweaty Men - (Back That Thang Up Mix)

**1/2 Somewhat misleading title as only 3 of the 10 tracks are live (good versions of "That's How I Do It", "Burning" & "I'll Take Care Of You") while the rest of the disc is made up of remixes of past hits ("I'm Getting What I Want", "You, Her And His" & "Be Careful In The Name Of Love") and two new tracks "Sweaty Men" & "When I'm With You"). There's also two remixes of "Sweaty Men".

Img328.jpg "Hot & Sassy" (Miss Butch 2001)

1. Mr. Right or Mr. Wrong
2. Your Divorce Has Been Denied
3. If It Ain't Broke Don't Fix It
4. This Time It's About Me
5. Just Go Away
6. If I'm Not Still Married
7. If I Was Getting It at Home
8. I'm That Kinda Woman
9. You Got to Be Good to Me
10. Some Things You Just Don't Do
11. She's Getting into My Pants

*** Better songs from Lewis this time like "Your Divorce Has Been Denied", "If I'm Still Not Married" & "She's Getting Into My Pants" all delivered in typical confident, sassy soul singin'.

Peggy Scott-Adams "Busting Loose" (Miss Butch) "Busting Loose" (Miss Butch 2003)

1. If You Wanna Hear Me Hollar Lick Me Up Some Dollars
2. I've Had It With You
3. Freddy This Freddy That
4. Good Little House Wife
5. I'm Changing (A Tribute to Johnnie Taylor) - (A Tribute To Johnnie Taylor)
6. Good Woman Thinking Bad, A
7. Woman Knows How to Please Herself, A
8. Love Me Like I Want You To
9. When Did You Leave Heaven
10. See You Next Weekend - (featuring Jimmy Lewis)
11. Hi Class, Lo Class, & No Class - (featuring Jimmy Lewis)
12. Fresh Out of Tears

*** "If You Wanna Make Me Holler Than Lick Me Up Some Dollars" is a hilarious answer song to all the "candy lickers", "lollypop men" and nibblers talking about how good they are in the sack. Peggy's got news for them: A woman needs financial security not just a good lover. "A Woman Knows How To Please Herself" gives further weight to her resolve. Despite the objectionable cheating subject matter "See You Next Weekend" is a powerful duet with Jimmy Lewis and "I'm Changing" is a moving cover (and "tribute to Johnnie Taylor"). "I've Had It With You" is more of that Peggy-don't-play persona folks love her for. This is the disc to buy after "Help Yourself".

"God Can...And Will" (Mardi Gras 2004)

1. God Can and He Will
2. This May Be My Last Time
3. Did You Know?
4. Bad Water
5. Thank You Lord
6. Lord Stand by Me
7. Still Wanna Be Black Again
8. I Want to Talk About Jesus Tonight
9. Be Like Jesus
10. Brand New Me
11. His Eye Is on the Sparrow
12. I'm Willing to Be Your Friend
13. His Eye Is on the Sparrow (Acapella)

Peggy Scott & Jo Jo Benson "The Very Best Of" (Varese 2004)

1. Lover's Holiday
2. Here With Me
3. Pickin' Wild Mountain Berries
4. Pure Love and Pleasure
5. Soul Shake
6. We Were Made for Each Other
7. Every Little Bit Hurts
8. You Can Never Get Something for Nothing (aka When the Blind Leads ...)
9. Eternally
10. Til the Morning Comes
11. I Want to Love You Baby
12. We Got Our Bag
13. Sugarmaker
14. Lover's Heaven
15. I've Got Loving
16. Let's Spend a Day Out in the Country
17. It's the Little Things That Count
18. True Soul Lovin'

peggy16hits "16 Hits" (Miss Butch 2004)

1. I Intend to Take Your Place
2. Slow Drag
3. See You Next Weekend
4. Bill
5. I'll Take Care of You
6. That's How I Do It
7. If I'm Not Still Married
8. I'm in Love
9. Spousal Abuse
10. When You're Married to a Fool
11. Your Divorce Has Been Denied
12. Mr. Right or Mr. Wrong
13. What Cha Doin to Me
14. If You Wanna Hear Me Holler, Lick Me Up Some Dollars
15. I'm Getting What I Want
16. You Will Always Be My Man

"She's Got It All: Rare 70s Soul" (Shout 2006)

1. You've Got It All
2. Your Loving Is Tasty
3. Came Down Hard On Me Baby
4. Make Me Loose
5. Let Me Untie You
6. Movemaker
7. It Was The Best
8. Make It Soon
9. Firepower
10. Start My Motor
11. Let Me Unitie You (remix)
12. You've Got It All (remix)

"Back To The Roots" ( Nora 2009)

1. Introduction - Bishop Noel Jones
2. Yes He Did
3. Never Alone
4. You Can't Take My Praise Away
5. He Will Work It Out
6. You Got To Know Him
7. It's My Job
8. Old School
9. Hold To God's Unchanging Hand
10. Lamb Of God
11. He'll Turn Around

  "Life After Bill" ( Nora 2012)

1. Just Because
2. Make Me Yours
3. Old School
4. Not Good Enough to Marry
5. When Did You Leave Heaven
6. Life After Bill
7. What Cha Do'in to Me
8. This Is Our Night
9. Never Alone
10. Forever Came to an End

BUY CDS

Home Southern Soul Blog New Album Reviews CD STORE Southern Soul Charts Southern Soul Radio Soul Blues Artists Blues Critic Awards Annual Best Of Essential 50 Albums The Top 50 Albums Advertising Contact Us