Mary Jane Girls Mary Jane, MJ Girls, MJG, MJG's, The Mary Jane Girls, The Mary Jane Girls (Lisa Sarna, Joanne McDuffie, Tabby Johnson)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.
Teena Marie Lady Tee, Marie, T. Brockett, T. M. Brockert, T. Marie, T.Marie, Tee, Teena Brocket, Teena Maria, Teena Marie Brockert, Teera Marie, Tina Brockert, Tina Marie, ティーナ・マリーR&B - Soul singer - songwriter - producer - multi-instrumentalist a.k.a. Lady Tee and the Ivory Queen of Soul. Born on March, 5, 1956 in Santa Monica, California, USA. Died December, 26, 2010 in Pasadena, California, USA (aged 54). Mother of singer Rose LeBeau. God mother of Maya Rudolph and Nona Gaye Introduced to Motown producer Hal Davis by her friend and occasional co-writer Mickey Hearn. Rick James helped her producing and co-writing various songs in her debut album. She has dueted with him in three songs. She has also dueted with Howard Hewett, George Duke, Faith Evans etc. She has contributed songs to soundtracks ("Goonies", "Top Gun", "Tap") and has guested to Danny Tenaglia's 1998 album "Tourism" as a singer for "Do You Love Waht You Feel". Her R'n'B No.1 hit "Ooo La La La" has been sampled by Fugees's "Gu-Gee-La" Probably best known for her work on the Motown label during the very late 1970's into early 1980's.
Rick James James, James Johnson, R James, R. James, R.James, Rick James And Friend, Rick James B#tch, Ricky James, The man himself Rick James, リック・ジェームスAmerican vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer. Born on February 1, 1948 in Buffalo, New York, USA Died August 6, 2004 in Burbank, California, USA Growing up in the Buffalo ghetto as the third oldest child in a family of eight, by age 14 he already had legal troubles. In 1964 James went AWOL from the Navy because it interfered with his music career, and he fled to Canada for a few years. His first band, formed in the 1960s with future Steppenwolf member Nick St. Nicholas was initially called the Sailor Boys but soon changed their name to The Mynah Birds. He also formed the blues band The Main Line, and was singing and writing in The Great White Cane. In 1977 he formed the Stone City Band. His first album “Come Get It” reached position #3 on the R&B charts, “You and I” went gold in September and “Mary Jane”, a barely-disguised hymn to marijuana, hit US R&B #3 in October 1977. He also helped launch the Mary Jane Girls in the mid-1980s. Rick James is also credited for establishing the “Punk Funk” style. On the morning of August 6, 2004, Rick James was found dead in his Burbank, California home. He died from pulmonary and cardiac failure with his various health conditions of diabetes, stroke, a pacemaker and a heart attack.