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  Mary Jane Girls

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All Night Long


The Mary Jane Girls did not have a long recording career but had several significant hits in the 1980s as Rick James’ contribution to the girl group genre.  The quartet of Kim “Maxi” Wuletich, Joanne “JoJo” McDuffie,

Ann “Cheri” Bailey, and Candice “Candi” Ghant was hired as background singers for James in the late 70s and took their name from his predeliction for marijuana.

With James looking to expand his roster of acts (Teena Marie and the Stone City Band were already recording for Motown), the Girls were signed and released their first album in 1983.  He wrote and produced all the material, giving them the memorable hits  “Candy Man” and “All Night Long.”  The latter has become a modern classic, sampled by Big Daddy Kane, LL Cool J, Jay Z, and Mary J. Blige.

One of the interesting elements of the Mary Jane Girls was the image each singer portrayed to the public.  Lead singer McDuffie (who was originally intended to be a solo act, but Motown assumed her album was a group project) was the streetwise character, Wuletich played a dominatrix, Ghant was the supermodel, and Bailey represented the Valley Girl persona that was popular at the time.   Bailey left the group after the first album and

was replaced by Yvette “Corvette” Marine.


Their biggest hit came with “In My House” off their Only Four You set from 1985. A song guaranteed to be played at any 80s event, the record cracked the top 10 on the pop, soul, and dance charts. Only Four You also had the driving “Wild And Crazy Love,” a top 10 hit in its own right.  They were featured on the soundtrack to A Fine Mess, contributing a cover of the Four Seasons’ “Walk Like A Man.”

That soundtrack appearance would mark the final achievement for the Mary Jane Girls.  As colorfully recounted in James’ autobiography, he had a major disagreement with the group, leading to the shelving of a third album and their breakup in 1986.  They have worked in varying capacities of the music industry ever since, with McDuffie reconciling with James and

appearing on his Urban Rhapsody disc.

Mary Jane Girls' Deepest Grooves

Mary Jane Girls 
(Gordy, 1983)

Only Four You (Gordy, 1985)

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