Mary Jane Girls

Mary Jane Girls

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The Mary Jane Girls were brought together by Rick James in 1979, hired as back-up singers for his tour. It is believed that with the formation of rival Prince's sexy new girl group Vanity 6 in 1982, James wished to compete with his own sexy quartet. He got a deal for the girls on Motown and gave them their group name, which was based on his funk hit Mary Jane (an obvious reference to his beloved marijuana). He also conceived sexy stage names for the members: JoJo, Candi, Maxi and Cheri. They had instant success on the soul charts with their James produced self-titled debut album, which spawned hits in 'Boys', 'All Night Long' and 'Candy Man'. In 1985, 'Cheri' (aka Ann Bailey, who became lead singer of Morris Day's short-lived girl group [Invalid Artist]) left the group and was replaced by 'Corvette'. They released their second and last album, Only Four You, which included successful singles 'Wild And Crazy Love', 'Break It Up' and their biggest hit 'In My House'. A remake of the Four Seasons' song 'Walk Like A Man' (from the soundtrack of the film A Fine Mess) was their final release. Due to Rick James' battle with Motown, they were dropped, and though it was rumored that they were recording a new album with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis in 1987, it was never released.

Corvette (aka Yvette Marine) was in the news a few years later after suing Paula Abdul, claiming that she and not Paula sang lead on most of the songs on the Forever Your Girl album.
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Mary Jane Girls Discography

Albums

542037 Mary Jane Girls Mary Jane Girls (Album) Gordy 542037 France 1983 Sell This Version
6040GL Mary Jane Girls Mary Jane Girls(LP, Album) Motown 6040GL Israel 1983 Sell This Version
G4-6092 Mary Jane Girls Only Four You (Album) Gordy G4-6092 Canada 1985 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

TMGT 1309 Mary Jane Girls All Night Long (Single, Maxi) Gordy TMGT 1309 UK 1983 Sell This Version
1721GF Mary Jane Girls Jealousy Gordy 1721GF US 1983 Sell This Version
PR 115 Mary Jane Girls / Bobby Nunn Mary Jane Girls / Bobby Nunn - Candy Man / Sexy Sassy Motown PR 115 US 1983 Sell This Version
101838 Mary Jane Girls Boys (Single) Gordy 101838 France 1983 Sell This Version
4509MG Mary Jane Girls Candy Man (Single) Motown, Bellaphon 4509MG US 1983 Sell This Version
PR-133 Rick James / Mary Jane Girls Rick James / Mary Jane Girls - U Bring The Freak Out / Boys(12", Promo) Motown PR-133 US 1983 Sell This Version
4541GG Mary Jane Girls Wild And Crazy Love (Single, Maxi) Gordy 4541GG US 1985 Sell This Version
SPBO-60195 Mary Jane Girls In My House (Maxi, Single) Gordy SPBO-60195 Spain 1985 Sell This Version
1816GF Mary Jane Girls Break It Up (Single) Gordy 1816GF US 1985 Sell This Version
SRLM 2052 Mary Jane Girls / Propaganda Mary Jane Girls / Propaganda - In My House / Duel(12", Promo) Ricordi SRLM 2052 Italy 1985 Sell This Version
RMTS-13 Mary Jane Girls Walk Like A Man / All Night Long / Shadow Lover (Single) Motown RMTS-13 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
MOT-2849 Rick James / Mary Jane Girls Rick James / Mary Jane Girls - Super Freak / In My House(12", RE) Motown MOT-2849 US 1988 Sell This Version
MOT-2848 Rick James / Mary Jane Girls Rick James / Mary Jane Girls - Give It To Me Baby / Candy Man(12", RE) Motown MOT-2848 US 1988 Sell This Version
SPEC-1475 Mary Jane Girls / Foxy Mary Jane Girls / Foxy - In My House / Get Off Unidisc SPEC-1475 US 1990 Sell This Version
SPEC-1541 Mary Jane Girls Candy Man / All Night Long(12") Unidisc SPEC-1541 US 1991 Sell This Version
66769-D Mary Jane Girls / Teena Marie Mary Jane Girls / Teena Marie - Candy Man / I Need Your Lovin'(12", RE) Motown 66769-D US 2005 Sell This Version
LWG-1241 Rick James and Mary Jane Girls Rick James and Mary Jane Girls - U Bring The Freak Out(12", Promo, Red) Motown LWG-1241 Japan Unknown Sell This Version
MR-077 Mary Jane Girls / Dennis Edwards Mary Jane Girls / Dennis Edwards - All Night Long / Don't Look Any Further(12", RE) Motown MR-077 Japan Unknown Sell This Version
Y 689 F Mary Jane Girls In My House / Boys(7", Single, RE) Motown Y 689 F US Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

SOS 020 Various / Mary Jane Girls / Lonnie Liston Smith / State Of Grace (3) Various / Mary Jane Girls / Lonnie Liston Smith / State Of Grace (3) - Soul On Sound 020(Cass, Smplr, P/Mixed, Comp) Soul On Sound SOS 020 UK 1983 Sell This Version
31453-0310-2 The Mary Jane Girls* In My House (The Very Best Of The Mary Jane Girls) (Comp, Album) Motown 31453-0310-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
Blend 1 Mary Jane Girls / Eddie Kendricks / Marvin Gaye / Thelma Houston Mary Jane Girls / Eddie Kendricks / Marvin Gaye / Thelma Houston - All Night Long / Keep On Truckin' / Got To Give Up / Don't Leave Me This Way(2x12", Promo, Comp) Motown Blend 1 UK 1995 Sell This Version