Mary Jane Girls is the eponymous debut album released by girl group the Mary Jane Girls on the Gordy record label on April 13, 1983. It peaked at number 56 on the Billboard 200 chart. The album was produced and written entirely by Rick James. Three singles were released and each enjoyed success on the Hot Black Singles charts: "Candy Man" (number 23 R&B), "All Night Long" (number 11 R&B), and "Boys" (number 29 R&B)
The Mary Jane Girls were an American R&B, soul and funk group in the 1980s. They were protégées of singer Rick James. They are known for their hit songs "In My House", "All Night Long", "Candy Man", and their cover version of "Walk Like a Man". Joanne "Jojo" McDuffie was the lead singer, the others filling out the group's style and appearance. On the studio recordings, McDuffie was backed by session vocalists rather than the other Mary Jane Girls.
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Mary Jane Girls is the eponymous debut album released by the girl group Mary Jane Girls on the Gordy record label on April 13, 1983. Three singles were released and each enjoyed success on the Hot Black Singles charts: "Candy Man" ( R&B), "All Night Long" ( R&B), and "Boys" ( R&B). All songs written and composed by Rick James.
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). 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.
In 1986, the Mary Jane Girls covered Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons hit song Walk Like a Man, which was featured on the A Fine Mess movie soundtrack. It peaked at on the Billboard Hot 100 and on Billboard‘s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for eight weeks. However, by this time, there were problems between Motown Records and Rick James, who continued to oversee the Mary Jane Girls until his personal drug problems and the issues he had with the label Gordy/Motown, caused him to lose interest in the group.
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'.