Little is known about the life of Blues singer Mary Stafford. She is thought to have come East from Missouri sometime around 1915. She is known to have worked with Eubie Blake in Baltimore and with Bessie Smith in Atlantic City. In the early 1920s she released a series of recordings on the Columbia label under the name of Mary Stafford and her Jazz Band. She is backed up by Charlie Johnson's Orchestra whom she performed with until the mid-1920s. Her brother George Stafford was the drummer in Johnson's Orchestra. Throughout the rest of the 1920s she was a nightclub singer in New York, Baltimore and Atlantic City. In the early 1930s she appeared in the musical revues "Dear Old Southland" and "The Rocking Chair Revue". In 1932 she is thought to have moved to Atlantic City and worked outside of show business until her death in 1938.

Mary Stafford and her Jazz Band
Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
Ain't Got Nobody To Grind My Coffee In The Morning
(Spencer Williams)
3-30-1926 New York City, New York Pathe Actuelle
7502
Perfect
101
Take Your Finger Off It
(Ambrose Bryan)
3-30-1926 New York City, New York Pathe Actuelle
7502
Perfect
101
Artist Instrument
Buster Bailey Clarinet
Mary Stafford Vocals
unknown Cornet, Piano, Banjo