Peggy Scott & Jo Jo Benson

Duo comprising Peggy Scott (b. Peggy Stoutmeyer, 25 June 1948, Opp, Alabama, USA) and Jo Jo Benson (b. 1940, Columbia, Ohio, USA). Scott, a former gospel singer, toured with Ben E. King, until a car accident…
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Duo comprising Peggy Scott (b. Peggy Stoutmeyer, 25 June 1948, Opp, Alabama, USA) and Jo Jo Benson (b. 1940, Columbia, Ohio, USA). Scott, a former gospel singer, toured with Ben E. King, until a car accident forced her to seek a residency in a local group, the Swinging Sextet. Here she met Benson, who had sung with the Chuck Willis show, the Upsetters and the Enchanters. Scott and Benson enjoyed a major US hit in 1968 with the powerful ‘Lover’s Holiday’, but despite other success with ‘Pickin’ Wild Mountain Berries’ and ‘Soul Shake’, the partners were unable to sustain a career together. Both subsequently recorded as solo acts, with Scott in particular cutting some fine performances for Old Town, Mercury Records, Malaco Records, RCA Records and SSS-International, for whom her cover version of Brenda Holloway’s ‘Every Little Bit Hurts’ was outstanding. The two singers briefly reunited in the early 80s, achieving moderate success with Nothing Can Stand In Our Way.