Peggy Scott-Adams: Departed 2023

Daddy B. Nice's #3 ranked Southern Soul Artist

Portrait of Peggy Scott-Adams: Departed 2023 by Daddy B. Nice


Peggy Scott-Adams: Departed 2023

Composed by Jimmy Lewis

April 9, 2023:

Services For Peggy Scott-Adams

Visitation: 1-7 pm, Friday, April 14th, / The Catavant At Joe Morris, 521 West Cervantes St., Pensacola, Florida / Celebration of Life, 2 pm, Saturday, April 15th / Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 2601 West Strong St., Pensacola, Florida.

See Daddy B. Nice's interview with Peggy Scott-Adams. (Scroll down.)

March 30, 2023

Daddy B. Nice On Peggy Scott-Adams

So you think fame and loving fans insure one against the buffeting winds of time and mortality? The void of information surrounding the death of Peggy Scott-Adams in Pensacola, Florida Monday, March 27th, can be explained in a couple of ways. First, it takes time. I lost my dearest friend of sixty years (and longtime traveling companion to southern soul events) on March 20th and we (the family and my buddy's close friends) still have not been able to get an official notification and obituary published for the public. Second, fame does not guarantee a textbook transition to the afterlife. I am reminded of Marvin Sease's passing. Other than Peggy Scott-Adams, I cannot think of a more beloved figure in contemporary southern soul. Yet he was buried in an unmarked grave in South Carolina with scant notice until LGB (Linda Gray Barnwell), who lived in a neighboring town, took it upon herself to arrange a more fitting and honorable burial presentation. This led to some conflict with the Sease family but was eventually worked out to everyone's satisfaction. Ironically, one of the Sease heirs posted a heartfelt condolence to Peggy Scott-Adams only yesterday.

Peggy Scott-Adams was the dominant female singer when I first encountered southern soul music---the real thing---chitlin' circuit rhythm and blues---in the late 90's. I loved her work. I knew her songs by heart. Still, years later when I interviewed her, Peggy (a thoroughly religious and gospel-inspired person) downplayed the very things that drew me to her work, in particular the salacious and coarse lyrics ("That was Jimmy, Jimmy Lewis," she said more than once) while acknowledging their key in making her popular.

Absent from the scene for the better part of two decades now, Peggy Scott-Adams nevertheless defined contemporary southern soul. She pioneered the musical template of the little genre that could, and be assured longtime fans will never let the memories she created in her songs be forgotten.

---Daddy B. Nice - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

March 28, 2023:

Media Reports Signal Peggy's Death

Peggy Scott-Adams' Wikipedia page has a new entry under "Death": "Adams died on March 27, 2023. She was 74." (No reference listed.) Peggy's Facebook page contains new posts stating "R.I.H." ("Rest in Heaven"), "Rest in Peace,"My Deepest Condolences" and "My Prayers for The Family". Peggy Scott-Adams has long ran a funeral home business in Los Angeles with her partner, but there are currently no official announcements from there or any other funeral facility.

---Daddy B. Nice - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

December 1, 2021

...And here's our very own "Re-Issue"...Daddy B. Nice's amusing, exhaustive, landmark 2011 Interview with Peggy Scott-Adams...

September 5, 2011:

Daddy B. Nice Interviews PEGGY SCOTT-ADAMS

Daddy, I want to thank you for this opportunity. I've followed your columns over the years and they've meant so much to me. You have my thanks and respect.

Peggy, I just want to say that you have my love and respect. You've been the top-rated female performer on my Top 100 Southern Soul Artists chart from the get-go. The chart covers the last twenty years. And on an even more personal level, you were a big part of my discovery of Southern Soul in the nineties--just driving through Mississippi and eastern Arkansas and eastern Louisiana. Hearing your gritty, powerful R&B vocals was a revelation.

Well, thank you so much, Daddy.

Before we catch up on what you're doing right now, Peggy, I was wondering if I could ask you a couple of questions about the past. You know-- some biographical stuff--for posterity.

Go ahead. If you ask me something I don't want to tell, I just won't tell it.

I was just going to say, "If you don't feel like answering, just 'clam up.' And you don't have to be self-conscious about your age. I think I have a couple of years on you now.

I'm 63. How old are you?

I'll be sixty-five in two months. I just got my Medicare card. What a milestone.

What a relief, huh Daddy?

Oh, don't you know it. And I'm old-school, Peggy. I'm not using a recorder, just scrawling with a pen as we go, so bear with me.

Old school is my school, sweetheart. I was at a gospel gathering last night, my church has a group, and I go out to show my support, and after all the others had sang their numbers--bless their hearts--this grandfather got up and blew them away. And I told him afterwards, "You can't top the old school."

I want to ask you some biographical questions, but I've just got to come out and ask you first: Was that run of great albums with Jimmy Lewis actually all done in California?

Yeah. It was in the Valley. We recorded Help Yourself, Undisputed Queen.

Live In Alabama?

Yeah. Portions of that were done in the studio there. The Alabama live parts--I wasn't even aware they were taping, and I wasn't exactly happy about it. I was extremely hoarse. They thought it was extraordinary, but I was dissatisfied.

It was extraordinary. So the studio was. . . where, exactly? L.A. somewhere?

Yeah, down in the Valley. Uhh, Van Nuys! Everything I did. "Bill" was recorded in the valley. Later on, Jimmy had a studio in his home.


12/1/21 DBN notes: The "Jimmy" we are talking is Jimmy Lewis, one of the great, seminal producers of contemporary southern soul music. He has his own Artist Guide and it is highly recommended.

See Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to Jimmy Lewis.


It's just amazing to me that that music, which I imagined coming out of--I don't know where--I guess some 'hole in the wall' in New Orleans or some swamp in the bayous--actually came out of California.

That was Jimmy.

I mean, it's great. It just shows, the music can come from anywhere. Were you and Jimmy aware of how solid and lasting those songs would be?

No, sweetheart, that was Jimmy. He knew that Southern culture so well.

So I'm looking at the website and its says Peggy Stoutmeyer.

No, it's Stoutemire, Peggy Stoutemire. (She spells it.)

Okay, and it says "born in Alabama, according to unconfirmed reports. . . "

(Peggy laughs, joined in by Daddy B. Nice. . .)

So where exactly in Alabama. Where were you really born?

Opp. Opp, Alabama.


Yeah, Opp, you know, like Oops? But Opp. I often joke that the sign outside town that says "you're entering," you know? The town's so small, the other side of it says, "You're leaving." When I was four years old, we moved to Pensacola, and I was raised there.

No kidding? Pensacola was the destination point for all those trips I made through Mississippi when I first heard the music. My daughter was down there at Whiting Field, training to be a pilot. Of course, there was no Southern Soul radio in Pensacola. And, of course, that was many years after you left for California. No one even used the word "Southern Soul" in those days.

That's so true. It was new to me. When we did Help Yourself I considered it to be 60's R&B. I didn't know Southern Soul even existed. And I never considered myself to be a blues artist. You know, like B. B. King, or Little Milton, or Z. Z. Hill. And when I finished my first CD, Daddy, I thought, "It's kind of dated." Because all I knew of that kind of music was what I heard in the 60's when we were growing up. Little did I know that there was a market for this music. And Jimmy deserves the credit for that.

The other day I heard a DJ interviewing Bobby "Blue" Bland and he asked Bobby who was his favorite singer and Bobby replied, "Nat King Cole," and there was just the slightest pause--very small--on the part of the deejay, taken aback by such an old-school, almost pre-old-school, performer. What do you think of how far R&B has come from Nat King Cole to today's Southern Soul, and who are some of your favorites, or influences?

Oh yes, well I guess as far as favorites. . . Shirley Caesar. The Mighty Clouds of Joy. Mavis Staples. Gladys Knight. I just like real singers. As far as what they're calling Southern Soul, Daddy, it's just the latest version of R&B, whatever you want to call it.

I agree.

I consider Southern Soul really rhythm and blues. That's my sentiment.

The same stuff that was on the radio in the fifties, sixties and early seventies. The same thing you were doing when you and Jo Jo Benson had your top-forty hits.

Yes. And I think that helped me to get air play for those Southern Soul albums. The fact that they could point to those hits with Jo Jo and say Peggy Scott-Adams had pedigree. I see Southern Soul as being distinct from the blues. I was never really into the blues. I was really into Gospel. You see, my mother was a gospel promoter, both in Alabama and Florida, so I got to see all the great acts--the Mighty Clouds of Joy, Sam Cooke and the Soul Stirrers. I think my days with Jo Jo--I think this type of music--is considered more of a pop music, having the hit records in the 60's. And I was disheartened by its passing. We're losing that culture. Even with the quote-unquote "blues." I'm an exception to the rule.

Your albums made such a powerful change in the perception of rhythm and blues, and of course the birth of contemporary Southern Soul.

Jimmy was an awesome writer, as you know. He wrote about everyday life. But this wasn't my story--like with "Bill." Especially, not "Bill." I mean, I can relate to deception, so I was able to sing about it convincingly. But people look at you and, you know, think it's YOUR story. It wasn't my story, but because I could relate, I was able to deliver.

"Sweaty Men." Uh! That was so powerful.

I didn't want to do "Sweaty Men." And it was just like with "Bill." I said, "I'm not singing it." It was offensive to some. It was about a certain people and their lifestyle that I didn't look forward to being associated with, you know? I thought about it for a couple of days and at last I said to myself, "They're not going to play it anyway, so I might as well go ahead."

(Daddy B. Nice laughs.)

I hate to say it, but I swear singers never know what their best work is, they always have to their arm twisted to record their classics, and the songs they like are often their worst.

(Peggy laughs.)

That's awful but true. Just about every song Jimmy and I recorded, I started out not liking. I'd be real recalcitrant. At best, end up thinking, "It won't do very well." And then it would go on to become popular. But no, sweetheart, I didn't like "Sweaty Men." My husband said, "You're going to upset a lot of women." It's been a fun trip, though, and I miss Jimmy tremendously.

"Mr. Right Or Mr. Wrong"?

I loved that one. It's one of my personal favorites. I also like "I'll Take Care Of You." The Help Yourself CD, there's not a song I didn't like on that CD.

"Burning"? I was listening to that last night and relishing your licks towards the end of that.

Oh, yeah. I loved that.

And speaking of Bobby "Blue" Bland, I love your version of Jimmy's "I Intend To Take Your Place," which with all respect to Bland is eclipsed by your scorching version.

Oh, thank you, sweetheart. At the time Jimmy released that song on the compilation album (16 Hits), he was doing the God Can And Will gospel album. And between you and me I was a little annoyed at the time because I didn't know it was going to be part of the deal.

So "I Intend To Take Your Place" had been "in the can"?

Exactly! We'd already recorded it. You see, that's when I was getting burnt out with Southern Soul and ready for a change. At that point, I didn't want to be labeled. I was getting stuck in the Southern Soul circuit. It limited me as to the exposure I could get. I knew that I wanted to get into gospel. I'm a devout believer. But I'm not overbearing about it. I don't hit you across the head. The motivation for the gospel CD--both of them, including the new one, Back To The Roots--was divinely orchestrated.

What do you mean, "divinely orchestrated"?

I mean God gave me a vision. I went to Jimmy and told him, "I just feel compelled to do this." And I told him, "And I will pay for it." And I sought out help in how to make a gospel CD. Vick Allen--

Vick Allen?

Yeah, Vick Allen.

Why, he's a tremendous talent. His last album, I just gave a five-star review.

Yeah, he was kind of a godsend to me. He was here with the Canton Spirituals. The Cantons came to California. The manager said, "Come back and meet them." So I met Harvey Watkins (the lead singer), and down the stairs comes Vick. And I say, "Hi, Vick," and he says, "Pleased to meet you." And he took some instruments or equipment outside to the van and he came back in and he came back up to me and he said, "Did you say your name was Peggy Scott-Adams"?

(Daddy B. Nice laughs.)

Because this was back in, what, 2004, and Vick wanted to get into R&B, and I wanted to get into Gospel.

(Daddy B. Nice laughs again.)

That's when Jimmy got cancer. The R&B side was a very arrogant side of Jimmy. I've always tried to remain humble. Even out of high school, I wasn't into being a celebrity. I didn't have any dreams of being a popular singer. So that, I think, has allowed me to remain humble, because all of these things just kind of happened to me. When I discovered music was my profession I remained grounded. I give my mom all the credit. I don't drink. I don't do drugs. I do smoke cigarettes. I've had people come up to me at the show and put drugs in my hand, but God has always been with me and I resisted. Anyway, Jimmy formed a relationship.

What do you mean, a "relationship"?

I mean he formed a relationship with God. He found spirituality. Going through the experience with cancer changed him. So to come around to "I Intend To Take Your Place," I didn't know about it. I was so into the gospel thing by that point, and I hadn't done anything secular for awhile, so it didn't occur to me that "I Intend To Take Your Place" was even in the equation. Geez, Daddy. This is stuff I haven't told anyone.

I apologize for not knowing more about gospel, Peggy. Once in awhile I hear a great arrangement that "transcends" the gospel label in my mind. One of your songs that I just love, by the way, and consider one of your classics--and it may surprise you--is "I'm Willing To Be A Friend." That's a kind of stripped-down Gospel. That might be a direction to explore. That was my #1-ranked song for Peggy Scott-Adams before I bowed to the public pressure for "Bill".

Listen to Peggy Scott-Adams singing "I'm Willing To Be A Friend" on YouTube.

That does surprise me. I'm glad you like that because that is one of my personal favorites. That was on the God Can And Will album.

Oh, really? I didn't realize that. I remember it, of course, from Undisputed Queen.

We even used that on a commercial for our mortuary business, me and my late husband.

No kidding.

I remember when Oprah previewed "Bill" on the Oprah Show. She picked up on the gospel right away. Regardless of the lyrics, she said, "It sounds like gospel." It has the same sound, the same passion. As I look back on it, after Jimmy passed, and my brother, who was my road manager--he died in February of 2005--and eight days later my husband followed.

That had to be hard.

Yes. It was during this time I decided to start my own record label. God spoke very profoundly to me to do gospel. God knows I ain't got any money, but I'm so happy about my new gospel CD, Back To The Roots.

But what about your secular fans, your Southern Soul fans?

I've hooked up with Pete Peterson--his roots go back to Motown--and this new gospel CD is the best thing I've ever done. But we've got an R&B album in our plans, and Southern Soul fans won't want to miss it. By the first of the year we should be starting on that, and looking around for material. So I don't have any hang-ups. I know that singing "Bill" won't send me to hell, and I know singing a gospel song won't send me to heaven.

Can you get more remuneration from gospel than from Southern Soul?

I don't know, really, but maybe I'll find out. I will say this, that gospel music is holding up the music business to a large extent in these hard economic times. Now with the Southern Soul circuit--I've done a couple of concerts the last year or two--they've got to put up five or six acts to really get the people to come in numbers.

It's kind of like the early days of rock and roll.

Yeah, exactly. They can't make it as a solo act and draw enough to make it worthwhile. So I get a lot of people coming to me and asking, "When are you coming back?" Because they want me to draw more people and I have an audience out there that'll draw in those numbers.


Being in California, the promoters can't take the chance (on me alone), but about a year ago, in Vicksburg, and even before that, in Baton Rouge, they were glad I was back to draw a bigger audience.

Oh, yeah. I remember.

I was blessed to marry a mortician and politician. I came to California to take care of my sister originally, and then I meet my husband and. . . Are you out of your mind? Life gets you. My business is in Compton. It gives me options. You can't be totally dependent on the music business. I experienced that particular pain after me and Jo Jo weren't on the charts any more.

Well, you'll have to hook up with Vick Allen as you cast around for new material.

Oh yes, we've talked about that.

And his label mate, Omar Cunningham, is very good.

Yes, I've heard of him too.

Shirley Brown has come a long way.

Shirley is one of the better singers. You get some lyrics. I love singers, and Shirley is a singer.

And she's really found great material, especially on her last couple of albums.

Oh, really? I didn't know that. I'll have to check them out.

She does a lot of covers. She trolls around for the very best songs out there and redoes them in smashing fashion. And it makes you wonder why more people don't do that.

Well, I can't wait to get into secular music again, too. I really love both. I give myself four more years (here in California) and then back to Florida. I love the South. I'm tired of the rat race. All the crazy things. When I first came to California, I'm sitting there one day, and the couch starts to move. I get up and it moves again, and with my background, you know, I'm thinking "Ghosts!" So I go into my sister's bedroom and tell her the couch is jumping around, and she says, "Oh, it's just an earthquake." Anyway, that's my ultimate plan. To have a new rhythm and blues album in the works by early next year.

You know it's not easy. We get older, and it gets harder to scale those old peaks.

I won't do it, Daddy, unless I can exceed what I've done in the past. I refuse to go back. As far as the future, I don't want to get stuck. I want to have success in both genres.

Peggy, it has been so special.

Daddy, you have my number, call any time.

Likewise, Peggy. You take care, and thank you so much.

Thank you.

--Daddy B. Nice - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

July 2, 2017:

New Single Alert!

Listen to Peggy Scott-Adams singing "I'm In Love By Myself" on YouTube.

Daddy B. Nice notes:

After a long time away in Gospel, Peggy Scott-Adams was just getting her big toe wet in the southern soul ocean on her last album, the somewhat tentative comeback, Life After Bill.

With this single, "I'm In Love By Myself," she comes into her own again, immersing herself totally in the genre. The Queen of Southern Soul we all know and love is back.


Scroll down to "Tidbits" for the latest updates. To automatically link to Peggy Scott-Adams' charted southern soul singles, awards, CD's and other citations and references on the website, go to "Scott-Adams, Peggy" in Daddy B. Nice's Comprehensive Index.

************** - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

Daddy B. Nice's Original Critique:

You can practically hear the guitars clucking like barnyard hens on "I'm Willing To Be A Friend." . Listening to this backyard reverie of a record, you're not that far away from the primal banjo in the movie "Deliverance." Peggy Scott-Adams' vocal approach is pure gospel--oozing strength, energy and fortitude. Longtime collaborator and legendary composer Jimmy Lewis sings modest back up in almost a whisper.

In fact, "I'm Willing To Be A Friend" is a secular sermonette, a wake-up call to the black audience to face up to its responsibilities. At the same time, it's a raucous, mid-tempo rocker, a juke-joint anthem made for dancing.

"Let me tell you now.
I'm willing to be a friend.
I'm willing to try.
And if I can't make you smile,
I won't make you cry."

Peggy Scott-Adams' voice is deep, husky and clear. No diva vibratos or note-bending affectations here. This gospel rant on the state of the world is delivered with a blistering toughness. It's like John Brown's jackhammer in the mine of Southern Soul, chipping away at the rock, breaking new territory, blazing the way for the followers to come.

"Our children know every song
That's played on the radio.
So why can't they learn in school?
I want to know, somebody tell me.
They do it so easy, they do it so quick.
Why can't they learn algebra and arithmetic?"

What aspiring R&B diva, hearing this track from the CD Undisputed Queen (Miss Butch), could ever again content herself with mere histrionics and technical fluff?

Titling a CD Undisputed Queen was a clever marketing idea, and one that Etta James, Shirley Brown, Denise LaSalle (who titled a CD Still The Queen), Barbara Carr and Irma Thomas (to mention only a few) might have something to say about. But they would be hard-pressed to disprove that Peggy Scott-Adams has earned her right to the title.

Undisputed Queen was in fact a rare occasion of public relations catching up with reality. Peggy Scott-Adams' string of original Southern Soul hits--"(I Don't Like) Sweaty Men," "Burning," "I'm Getting What I Want," "Mr. Right Or Mr. Wrong," "Your Divorce Has Been Denied" and countless others--has surpassed any other single female R&B artist over the late 90's and early 00's.

And Scott-Adams' collaboration with composer/producer Lewis has produced so many moments of musical catharsis that one would be hard-pressed to name any other performer/writer duo their equal. Jimmy Lewis' images are incendiary in their vividness. In "Sweaty Men" Scott-Adams proclaims:

"A working man sweats.
A sweaty man stinks.
You got to shower soon as you get in,
'Cause I don't like sweaty men."

Images like these literally defined the dimensions of Southern Soul subject matter over the last decade. R&B enthusiasts bored with the thin, smooth, never-take-chances formulas of urban contemporary performers fell on the Lewis/Scott-Adams' catalog like desert survivors stumbling upon water.

"Don't care how he looks,
But he gotta be clean.
No dirty bottoms,
Girls, you know what I mean."

In "I'm Getting What I Want," over the sweetest melody and guitar hook imaginable, Scott-Adams levels her typically fearless gaze on the subject of "using Mr. Wrong" while waiting for "Mr. Right."

"I'm in love with a man,
But that man loves somebody else.
But try to understand,
A woman must look out for herself.
My body's here with you,
But my mind is out there somewhere else.
But you know what they say,
In love and war all is fair."

And in an even more explicit examination of the subject, "Mr. Right Or Mr. Wrong," Scott-Adams begs a talk-show deejay (Jimmy Lewis) called "Mr. Jody" (Southern Soul's euphemism for the man-in-the-wings who aims to please) for emotional and physical help.

"What's the matter, baby? You getting insufficient love at home?" Lewis asks.

"Exactly," says Scott-Adams.

"Your old man isn't giving you what you need?"

"Nope," she snips.

"Now there's three other lonely ladies ahead of you, but I'll try and squeeze you in."

If Johnnie Taylor took the Motown route to Southern Soul heaven, Peggy Scott-Adams can be said to have taken the Delta's back roads. In fact, she may be a truer heir to Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett than any male artist on the scene today.

--Daddy B. Nice

About Peggy Scott-Adams: Departed 2023

Peggy Stoutemire was born in Opp, Alabama, on June 25, 1948. Peggy Scott gained a foothold in the music business while still a teenager, touring with Ben E. King ("Stand By Me"). In 1968 she had three Top 40 hits --"Lover's Holiday," "Pickin' Wild Mountain Berries," and "Soulshake"--as part of the duo Peggy Scott and Jo Jo Benson.

Then, Scott left the recording industry for the better part of a generation. She moved to California, married a Compton politician named Adams, and managed his mortuary business for years. In 1990 she re-entered the record industry as a studio back-up for Ray Charles, who was so impressed with her talent he subsequently produced two duets with her: "Back To Love" and "If You Give Me Your Heart."

Today's Southern Soul scene was forever changed when Jimmy Lewis, another California-based songwriter, producer and performer who also was working with Ray Charles, persuaded Peggy Scott-Adams to begin recording again. Lewis' let-it-all-hang-out writing style and eye for cultural detail meshed perfectly with Scott-Adams' tough-as-a-leather-strap vocal style, and the first great collaboration in contemporary Southern Soul was born.

Peggy Scott-Adam's first big success as an "adult" artist was "Bill," a husband-turned-gay story told by a long-suffering wife. Initially released in the early 90's to blues stations only, "Bill" crossed over into the mainstream (urban contemporary and even pop markets), where its soulful flavor immediately distinguished it from the "urban-smooth" competition.

"Bill" garnered widespread airplay, reaching #50 on the Billboard R & B singles chart and #87 on the Pop chart. It put Scott-Adams back "on the map," and the album it eventually spawned, Help Yourself, released in 1997, became a Top 10 R&B best-seller.

Contagious was released in 1997, Undisputed Queen came out in 1999, and Hot and Sassy, Busting Loose and Live in Alabama (all on the Miss Butch label) followed. It amounted to a catalog of music unequalled by any other Southern Soul songstress over the period.

Most if not all of the songs during the remarkable five-album stretch (see Recommended Tracks) were collaborations with Jimmy Lewis, Scott-Adam's songwriter and producer, who died on September 10, 2004. Since then, Scott-Adams' recording activity has cooled, but she continues to tour--most recently headlining the 44th Annual Medgar Evers / B.B. King Homecoming concert (2007) in Jackson, Mississippi. In recent years Scott-Adams has recorded gospel music exclusively.

The Peggy Scott-Adams Discography

1997 Help Yourself (Miss Butch)

1997 Contagious (Miss Butch)

1999 The Undisputed Queen (Miss Butch)

2000 Live in Alabama (Miss Butch)

2001 Hot and Sassy (Miss Butch)

2003 Busting Loose (Miss Butch)

2004 God Can...and He Will (Mardi Gras) (Gospel)

2004 16 Hits: The Best Of Peggy Scott-Adams (Miss Butch)

New Gospel album: Back To The Roots (Nora) (Gospel)

2012 Life After Bill (CD Baby)

2018 Too Far Gone (Hook One, CD Baby)

Song's Transcendent Moment

"Bill has been to my house a thousand times.
He and my man would go camping and fishing.
I tell you, it never crossed my mind.

Bill was a friend,
And he was god-uncle to my only son.
Now it looks like Uncle Bill
Wants to be his step-mom."



Late in 2004, after two relatively mediocre efforts (by Scott-Adams' standards), Peggy Scott-Adams returned to spectacular form with the release of the scathing, bluesy radio single, "I Intend To Take Your Place." The Jimmy Lewis composition was first recorded by Artie "Blues Boy" White in 1991.


May 30, 2007. The aforementioned "I Intend To Take Your Place" was included in a Scott-Adams' album for the first time with the release of 16 Hits: The Best Of Peggy Scott-Adams, (Miss Butch, 2004). The CD doesn't contain all of Scott-Adams' hits ("Sweaty Men," "I'm Willing To Be A Friend" and "Burning," for example, are absent), but it's a good approximation (of the best) for the price. DBN.


May 31, 2007. Peggy Scott-Adams' last solo project is a full-fledged gospel album: God Can...And He Will (Miss Butch, 2004). DBN.


May 31, 2009. Another gospel album, Back To The Roots, is in the works from Peggy Scott-Adams, this disc on a new private label named in honor of Peggy's mother, whose first name was Nora. Peggy also has a new website: Peggy Scott-Adams' Official Website.


September 5, 2011:

Daddy B. Nice Interviews

(The interview has been reproduced above. Scroll up this page.)



July 24, 2010 Update:

Peggy Scott-Adams is headlining a star-studded Southern Soul concert (Jeff Floyd, David Brinston, etc.) at The Vicksburg City Auditorium in Vicksburg, Mississippi over the upcoming Labor Day weekend. (See Daddy B. Nice's Concert Calendar.) Along with some other recent Scott-Adams tour dates, this performance marks a comeback for the onetime reigning diva of Southern Soul.

At a time (the nineties) when the careers of contemporary soul queens Denise LaSalle and Shirley Brown were relatively quiet and today's Southern Soul scene was just a distant glimmer of promise in a dispirited and fragmented R&B scene, Scott-Adams and her writer/producer Jimmy Lewis stunned the Delta with a series of unforgettable songs and albums.

In this age of You-Tube and FaceBook and I-Tunes, it's almost impossible to describe how Peggy's take-no-prisoners performances on those records filled the depleted vacuum in soul music and set down the roots of the full-blown Southern Soul scene of today.

You can hear Scott-Adams' legacy in the current work of Ms. Jody, Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Karen Wolfe, Pat Cooley, Lacee' Reed and countless other new Southern Soul artists in their artistic primes.

And yet, preferring to ply the more mellow and peaceful sounds of Gospel, Scott-Adams has recorded really only one new single of note in the 21st century--"I Intend To Take Your Place"--a typically scathing and powerful outing reminiscent of her best hits from the 90's and turn-of-the-century CD's.

Consequently, these concert dates take on a special significance in that they mark Peggy Scott-Adams' renewed interest in the secular music at which she so thoroughly excelled. No one did it better, or rawer. No one shocked as much; no one displayed more iron-clad character. And yet, of all the artists who trail-blazed the art of contemporary Southern Soul, none may be more surprised by what has been wrought during her prolonged absence.

The blues had a baby, and that first one was called "rock and roll." Forty years later, the blues had another baby. That second baby is called "Southern Soul," and Peggy Scott-Adams was its undisputed mid-wife.

--Daddy B. Nice - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide


From Daddy B. Nice's News & Notes, Daddy B. Nice's Corner, August 1, 2011:

Peggy Scott-Adams Will Return To The Southern Soul Scene She Did So Much To Create

No artist had a greater draw for your Daddy B. Nice than Peggy Scott-Adams in the late nineties, when I was just getting into Southern Soul. Johnnie Taylor, Marvin Sease and all the other male performers were revelations, but Scott-Adams was something more.

To hear a woman belt out not just straight blues numbers but bona fide melodies (by her inspired collaborator, the late writer/producer Jimmy Lewis) in smash-mouth, rhythm-and-blues vehicles just blew me away. She sealed the deal; I knew Southern Soul was for me.

Then, just as I and a few other sundry souls were spreading the word about this new music from the dirty, overlooked South, Peggy Scott-Adams vacated the scene.

Her legacy was already complete: a half-dozen albums of powerful, Southern Soul-defining material that no subsequent diva has yet been able to match.

But the vacuum left by Peggy's departure was palpable. Southern Soul lost a lot when Peggy Scott-Adams turned to Gospel music and a more peaceful life.

Scott-Adams put out religious albums and compilations during the past few years, one of which--16 Hits--contained her only new R&B song of this new phase in her life.

And what a song it was: another Jimmy Lewis master work, "I Intend To Take Your Place," a blistering, blues-drenched anthem anchored by a fine melody and a Scott-Adams vocal as feverishly brilliant as her vintage work.

We can only hope that deep Southern Soul fire still burns within her, because Peggy Scott-Adams, it's been reported, is coming back.

Details are scant, but a press release dated July 27, 2011 reports the management firm of Peterson and Eldridge, Associates, will be representing Ms. Scott-Adams after her "long hiatus."

"Peggy has made undeniably unforgettable waves," the memo states. "She's now ready to do it again."

The report concludes, "Touring dates will be set to support her soon to be released project."

The biggest question will be whether Ms. Scott-Adams can forge on without her longtime partner, the late Jimmy Lewis.

The indelible sound they created will be hard to reconstitute or imitate, and if Peggy goes in another direction--with other writers' material--she'll be hard-pressed to make as dominant a mark.

Either way, her "project" will be awaited in the Southern Soul community with uncommon eagerness and suspense.

--Daddy B. Nice


"I'm Willing To Be A Friend" or "Bill"?

DBN notes: When I first published the "Top 100 Southern Soul Chart," I nominated "I'm Willing To Be A Friend," Peggy Scott-Adams' stripped-down, rhythm-section-dominated rant on cultural mores, as the artist's top song. And while it's still the song that captivates me most, I'm willing to admit that the archetypal "Bill," which I also have always cherished, should occupy the position of honor.

The first in a long series of hits written by her longtime musical parter, Jimmy Lewis, "Bill" tapped into a theme in vogue at the time (women thwarted by gay men) that went back to Barbara Mason's 80's hit, "Another Man," and would continue with Keisa Brown's "Fly On The Wall." (The theme has gone strangely quiescent since.)

I was one of those isolated souls who was in on it from the get-go. (And, it turns out there were quite a few of us.) The song was a rare soul-music "bone" thrown to the masses at a time when soul music was on a starvation diet, and Bill's" chorus, if not its singer, entered the nation's musical consciousness.

"I was ready for Mary,
Susan, Helen and Jane,
When all the time it was Bill
That was sleeping with my man."

And "Bill" has only taken on a greater significance as the Southern Soul movement has begun to come into its own. You could very well say that the song ushered in the contemporary Southern Soul scene. A few male artists (no other female performers that I can think of) landed some musical "shots across the bow" in the early to mid-nineties, but few, if any, had the impact of Peggy Scott-Adams' "Bill." DBN. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide


October 8, 2012: NEW ALBUM ALERT

Sample or Buy Peggy Scott-Adams' Life After Bill CD at CD Baby.

Update 7/2/17

Daddy B. Nice notes:

Peggy has let her original LIFE AFTER BILL release on CD Baby lapse and is now distributing the album on Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, etc.

Sample/Buy Peggy Scott-Adams' LIFE AFTER BILL at Amazon.


July 1, 2018:

New Album Re-Issue Alert!

Sample/Buy Peggy Scott-Adams' TOO FAR GONE at CD Baby


1. Right Feeling at the Wrong Time

2. Same Folks

3. Long Way Home from Here

4. Before the Fire Dies

5. Too Far Gone

6. We'll Make It

7. I'm in Love by Myself

8. Make Me Yours

9. Oh How I Love You

10. Love Is What You Make It

Daddy B. Nice notes:

TOO FAR GONE IS a reissue of the Peggy Scott-Adams/Jo Jo Benson album NOTHING CAN STAND IN OUR WAY from 1984. The original record was actually a reunification of Benson and Scott a decade after their heyday as an R&B duo. They were brought together by producer Wayne Blackmon, who recorded them at Wishbone Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. A couple of deviations from the original album--and perhaps the reason for the change of title--results mainly in the insertion of Peggy's 2017 comeback hit, "I'm In Love By Myself".

Listen to Peggy Scott-Adams singing "I'm In Love By Myself" on SoundCloud.

By the way, the title tune, "Too Far Gone," was co-written by Frank-O Johnson.

Jo Jo Benson died in 2014.

--Daddy B. Nice

Buy Peggy Scott-Adams' TOO FAR GONE at CD Baby. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

If You Liked. . . You'll Love

If you loved Latimore's "Let's Straighten It Out," you'll love Peggy Scott-Adams' "Bill."

Honorary "B" Side

"I'm Willing To Be A Friend"

5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 
Sample or Buy Bill by Peggy Scott-Adams: Departed 2023

CD: Help Yourself
Label: Miss Butch

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Help Yourself

5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 
Sample or Buy I'm Willing To Be A Friend by Peggy Scott-Adams: Departed 2023
I'm Willing To Be A Friend

CD: Undisputed Queen
Label: Miss Butch

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Undisputed Queen

5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 
Sample or Buy (I Don't Like) Sweaty Men by Peggy Scott-Adams: Departed 2023
(I Don't Like) Sweaty Men

CD: Live In Alabama
Label: Miss Butch

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Live In Alabama

5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 
Sample or Buy I Intend To Take Your Place by Peggy Scott-Adams: Departed 2023
I Intend To Take Your Place

CD: 16 Hits
Label: Miss Butch

Sample or Buy
16 Hits

5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 
Sample or Buy I'm Getting What I Want by Peggy Scott-Adams: Departed 2023
I'm Getting What I Want

CD: Help Yourself
Label: Miss Butch

Sample or Buy
Help Yourself

5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 
Sample or Buy Mr. Right Or Mr. Wrong by Peggy Scott-Adams: Departed 2023
Mr. Right Or Mr. Wrong

CD: Hot & Sassy
Label: Miss Butch

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Hot And Sassy

4 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars 
Sample or Buy Burning by Peggy Scott-Adams: Departed 2023

CD: Help Yourself
Label: Miss Butch

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Help Yourself

4 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars 
Sample or Buy I'm Changing by Peggy Scott-Adams: Departed 2023
I'm Changing

CD: Busting Loose
Label: Miss Butch

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Busting Loose

4 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars 
Sample or Buy Your Divorce Has Been Denied by Peggy Scott-Adams: Departed 2023
Your Divorce Has Been Denied

CD: Hot & Sassy
Label: Miss Butch

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Hot And Sassy

3 Stars 3 Stars 3 Stars 
Sample or Buy If I Was Getting It At Home by Peggy Scott-Adams: Departed 2023
If I Was Getting It At Home

CD: Hot & Sassy
Label: Miss Butch

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Hot And Sassy

3 Stars 3 Stars 3 Stars 
Sample or Buy Mommy's No Dummy by Peggy Scott-Adams: Departed 2023
Mommy's No Dummy

CD: Undisputed Queen
Label: Miss Butch

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Undisputed Queen

3 Stars 3 Stars 3 Stars 
Sample or Buy Not Good Enough To Marry by Peggy Scott-Adams: Departed 2023
Not Good Enough To Marry

CD: Life After Bill
Label: Peggy Scott Adams / Nora

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Life After Bill

3 Stars 3 Stars 3 Stars 
Sample or Buy Part Time Lover, Full Time Fool by Peggy Scott-Adams: Departed 2023
Part Time Lover, Full Time Fool

CD: Help Yourself
Label: Miss Butch

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Help Yourself

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