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 The Day Zs) 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

Mary Jane Girls Mary Jane Girls (Album) Gordy Israel 1983 Sell This Version
Mary Jane Girls Only Four You (Album) Gordy Canada 1985 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Mary Jane Girls All Night Long (Single, Maxi) Gordy UK 1983 Sell This Version
Mary Jane Girls Jealousy Gordy US 1983 Sell This Version
Mary Jane Girls / Bobby Nunn Mary Jane Girls / Bobby Nunn - Candy Man / Sexy Sassy Motown US 1983 Sell This Version
Mary Jane Girls Boys (Single) Gordy France 1983 Sell This Version
Mary Jane Girls Candy Man (Single) Motown, Bellaphon US 1983 Sell This Version
Rick James / Mary Jane Girls Rick James / Mary Jane Girls - U Bring The Freak Out / Boys Motown US 1983 Sell This Version
Mary Jane Girls Wild And Crazy Love (Single, Maxi) Gordy US 1985 Sell This Version
Mary Jane Girls In My House (Maxi, Single) Gordy Spain 1985 Sell This Version
Mary Jane Girls Break It Up (Single) Gordy 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
Mary Jane Girls Walk Like A Man / All Night Long / Shadow Lover (Single) Motown 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
Mary Jane Girls / Foxy Mary Jane Girls / Foxy - In My House / Get Off Unidisc US 1990 Sell This Version
CLASSIC WAX 12003 Marvin Gaye / The Commodores* / Mary Jane Girls Marvin Gaye / The Commodores* / Mary Jane Girls - Got To Give It Up / Brick House / All Night Long(12") Classic Wax CLASSIC WAX 12003 US 1997 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
UIKY-75010 Willie Tee / Mary Jane Girls Willie Tee / Mary Jane Girls - Antipation / All Night Long(7") Universal Music, Captain Vinyl UIKY-75010 Japan 2016 Sell This Version
RB-1999 Mary Jane Girls All Night Long (The Hustlers Convention Remixes)(12", Promo) Not On Label RB-1999 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
The Mary Jane Girls* In My House (The Very Best Of The Mary Jane Girls) (Comp, Album) Motown 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
440 014 357-2 Mary Jane Girls The Best Of Mary Jane Girls(CD, Comp, RM) Motown 440 014 357-2 US 2001 Sell This Version