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Irene Scruggs (December 7, 1901 – probably July 20, 1981) was an American Piedmont blues and country blues singer, who was also billed as Chocolate Brown and Dixie Nolan.

She recorded songs such as “My Back to the Wall” and “Good Grindin”, and variously worked alongside Clarence Williams, Joe “King” Oliver, Lonnie Johnson, Little Brother Montgomery, Albert Nicholas, and Kid Ory. Scruggs achieved some success but today remains largely forgotten.

Scruggs originated in rural Mississippi, but it is believed that she… read more

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