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. The Candy Man - Mary Jane Girls - Candy Man Jane Girls released two albums in the s and recorded a third which was shelved for decades but finally released in as part of a larger retrospective of Rick James' work. The girls learned choreographed dance routines and they practiced under a vocal coach.
InJames proposed to Motown that McDuffie be offered a solo career but miscommunication caused the label to sign an all-female groupwhich he determined would be the Mary Jane Girls. He also wrote all the original songs and produced all the recordings. The male band members also sang the background vocals to support McDuffie as lead vocalist.
Cheri Wells left the group before the next album project was recorded. She was replaced by Yvette "Corvette" Marine. The name of the group referenced mary janeslang for marijuana ; a favored recreational drug of James. James wrote a hit song titled " Mary Jane ". The group released their second album Only Four You in McDuffie was featured on most of the songs, and the Waters sisters were hired to provide background vocals, since the other members were vocally limited.
It barely missed the Top 40 on the Billboard Hotpeaking at number Each of the other singers was given the position of lead vocalist for one song. A third album was recorded by the group, the project called Conversationbut it was shelved for decades, finally released in as part of a larger retrospective of James' work. This single charted at number 41 on the Billboard Hot Another single, "Shadow Lover", was also released inand the Mary Jane Girls appeared on Soul Train to lip-sync to it, but the single was not promoted by the label.
Cheri Wells was recruited away from the Mary Jane Girls by Morris Day to be the lead singer for his all-female band the Day Zs, which released one album and one single on Reprise in These releases did not chart.
These remixes gained attention in dance clubs, and rose to number 51 in the UK. InMary J. Blige reported that she had purchased the rights to the name "Mary Jane Girls" for the purpose Tweaking The Fine Tune - Jonathan Bright - Jonathan Bright putting together a girl Clap & Form Your Soul - Damu The Fudgemunk - How It Should Sound Volumes 1 & 2 composed of one Asian American, one African American, one Latina, and one white singer.
Blige said she wanted the name because her own name was Mary Jane Blige. Ghant, Wells, Wuletich and Candy Man - Mary Jane Girls - Candy Man were interviewed together. McDuffie, coming off of a concert tour backing Barry White in Europe, appeared in a separate interview. InMcDuffie's husband Robert Funderburg applied for control of the trademark "Mary Jane Girls", but the application Candy Man - Mary Jane Girls - Candy Man abandoned in The estate held that the group's name was owned by James, not the singers.
The role of Julia and Maxine Waters as session singers on the group's albums was discussed in the documentary film 20 Feet from Stardom From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Redirected from Water Sisters. Mary Jane Girls. Da Capo Press. The Image of Magazine. UME, Rhino. July 8, Motown Encyclopedia. AC Publishing. The Mary Jane Girls. Rare and Obscure Music. New York Times Accessed Jet, December 3, Search a Trademark". The Urban Daily. Universal Music Publishing Group.
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