Peggy Scott & Jo Jo Benson were an R&B/soul duo with a funky, raucous, and hard-driving style that became famous during the late 1960s. Their distinctive sound came from a complementary pairing of the two singers' powerful and dynamic vocals, with Scott's more forceful pipes often taking center stage.
Prior to teaming up with Benson, Scott (b. Peggy Stoutemire, June 25, 1948) had begun her career in her teens touring with Ben E. King. Jo Jo Benson (April 15, 1938 - December 23, 2014, b. Joseph M. Hewell) also began his music career in his teens singing in nightclubs and joined Chuck Willis as a backing singer in the 1950s. Scott and Benson, who met by chance while performing as solo artists, were discovered by producer Huey Meaux and signed to producer Shelby Singleton's SSS International label.
Peggy Scott & Jo Jo Benson made their debut in 1968 with "Lover's Holiday," which became a Top 10 hit on the R&B charts, made the Pop/Rock charts Top 40, and soon after went gold. Their hits, which continued on both charts through 1969, also included "I Want To Love You Baby" (1969) and the Grammy-nominated "Pickin' Wild Mountain Berries" (1968) and "Soulshake" (1969). Their final chart entry was in late 1969 with "Sugarmaker," which became a minor hit.
After Peggy Scott and Jo Jo Benson split in 1971, they went on to pursue solo careers. Scott had her first solo hit in 1969 with "Every Little Bit Hurts" before taking an extended break from the music business. She resumed her career in the mid 1990s under her married name, Peggy Scott-Adams, and released her solo debut album, "Help Yourself." She had another hit in 1997 with the risque "Bill" and released a long string of albums through 2009, with her latest works focused mainly on gospel. In 1999, Benson recorded a critically acclaimed solo album, "Reminiscing In The Jam Zone," which includes a duet with Scott-Adams, "Dark End Of The Street." This was followed in 2001 with "Everybody Loves To Cha Cha Cha."
- Peggy Scott-Adams discusses her career, both past and present, and gives the correct spelling of her birth name (Peggy Stoutemire) in an interview with Daddy B. Nice (September 5, 2011).
- The Ledger-Enquirer of Columbus, GA remembers Jo Jo Benson.
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