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Mary Jane Girls

Just as Vanity 6 and Apollonia 6 wouldn't have existed without Prince, the Mary Jane Girls were created by Rick James and were very much a product of the funkster's imagination. The group's name was coined in the late '70s, when James hired them as background singers for his Stone City Band. The Mary Jane Girls (whose name underscored James' fondness for marijuana) soon became an actual group, and in the early '80s were signed to Motown (the R&B powerhouse for which James and his protégée Teena Marie had been recording). With a lineup consisting of Joanne "Jojo" McDuffie (the main singer), Candice "Candi" Ghant, Kim "Maxi" Wuletich, and Ann "Cheri" Bailey, the Mary Jane Girls portrayed various characters James had developed -- while JoJo was the tough street chick and Candi was the glamorous supermodel, Cheri was the cutesy Valley Girl and Maxi was the whip-toting, handcuff-carrying dominatrix in black leather. In 1985, Ann "Cheri" Bailey was replaced by Yvette "Corvette" Marine.

James did all of the writing and producing on the Mary Jane Girls' self-titled debut album of 1983 (which boasted such hits as the infectious "Candy Man" and the sexy, irresistible "All Night Long") as well as on the group's sophomore effort of 1985, Only Four You. That album contained the number three R&B hit "In My House" and the number ten R&B hit "Wild and Crazy Love." The only song James didn't write for the group was a 1986 cover of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons' "Walk Like a Man," which was included in the comedy film A Fine Mess.

Regrettably, the Mary Jane Girls never recorded a third album. James had a major falling out with Motown in the mid-'80s, and this would lead to the group's breakup. When Ghant was working at the music-industry trade magazine Black Radio Exclusive in 1986, she told On the Scene magazine that she hoped to see the Mary Jane Girls continue and work with hit producers/songwriters Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. But that never came about. By 1987, the group had officially broken up. ~ Alex Henderson, Rovi
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Slick Rick production all over this s**t. ..hello buffalo. ..got a chance to see what was left of them at the fox theater in Detroit last year. ..just wasn't the same
The group did record a third album that remains unreleased.
mpadilla962
Dang.. here we are in 2014 and I still can jam this song All Night Long!! Motown will never die!!
Motown offered James a contract for what they believed was the girl group he wanted to produce and, not wanting to lose the deal, James lied and told Motown that the Mary Jane Girls were a group and not JoJo's solo project. Rick got who he could to take pictures for Motown with no vocal auditions. JoJo continued to sing both lead and background with the Water Sisters for all of the Mary Jane Girl recordings. The other members of the group could not sing at all or were extremely limited vocally.
hey Rick...Its the GIRLS...hey
The MaryJane Girls were sexy and unlike Vanity 6 they could sing!! Rick James knew what he was doing! He wan to make money! Miss them!
Memories!
That my f**king jam......
gwillis0215
Red light basement party!
Mjg makes me a dirty gurl ;p love these women!!!!!!
etherealxox
Loved the In My House video when I was younger, just loved the fashions :)
iloveyoub4li f e
Hurting in the inside but I'll never give u the satisfaction
REAL GANGSTER JAM
Fire!!!
I HAVE A SWEET CANDY MAN MMMM!!!
awesome
Ditto on what golden 2264 posted
The sweet stuff I need at night
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
Ok SKOOL Party Jam! U Can B My Candy Man!
I want you to be my shugga daddy
Looooove love love the sexy a** bass line in this song ( All Night Long)
love it
love this song!! Reminds me of my older sister((:
I'm gonna give it to ya! :)
Love them girls rick did
If You Follow Me I Will Follow Back(:
Lovee thiss songg!!!!! (:
I'm at work jamming.
golden2264
dont read this because it actually works. You will get kissed on the nearest possible friday by the love of your life. tommorrow will be the best day of your life. however if you do not post this comment to at least 3 songs you will die in 2 days. now youve started reading this so dont stop. this is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in at least 143 minutes when if done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is scary cuz it actually work
GREAT GROUP!!-RICK JAMES WAS SMART! UNLIKE PRINCE WITH VANITY 6 AND THE REST OF THE GIRLS. THESE GIRLS COULD ACTUALLY SING!-Great- S O N G HAS BEEN SAMPLED OR COPIED MANY TIMES-ASK MJB!!!
this reminds me being a little girl in bklyn, ny. My mom use to blast this on Sat. morning when she was was cleaning. lol
In my house was my jam muzik n the 80's was the bomb......mu z i k today doesn't even compare to our muzik
ggive it to me ALL NIGGHTR LONGG BABY!!!!!
Love this song.. It brings back a lot of good memories! #classic #oldies #80s #maryjanegir l s #allnightlon g <3 :))
the goooood stuff !
Gotta love the Mary Jane Girls :)
Just saw the Mary Jane Girls @Chene Park in Detroit. We kicked it HARD at that concert!! They still got it!
Classic 80's funk
Fcuk yo couch, nikka!
RIP Rick James
This group had the Must Have singles!I remember promising myself that during my high school years i would find myself dating 4 girls that reminded me of each of the Mary Jane Girls..(I was rockin' the Jheri curls back then)lol
one of my favorite songs to dance too!!! Great job Rick
neekyboo
I remember me my sister and my cousins pretending to be the Mary Jane Girls....my five year old brother had to be Rick James, w my grandmothers boots on, a broom for the guitar and a mop head for braids!!! I heart the 80s!!!
still makes me move,,,,,Ric k James,,,b#@$ % , , , ,
pocahontasfa i r g o o d
i love this song... it brings back a lot odf sexy memories!yea h h h h h !
love this jam
boys that was the jam along with hurting on the inside
dulcejen
This was my jam back in the day......... . l o v e it!
Super 80's groove truly a classic
Feel good music... sumthin about that voice! i'll meet you in the rooftop
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