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Weekly Music Video

I was going to do this week's post on New Year's Eve because it was New Year's Day yesterday but I wasn't able to get online, so I'm doing it today instead. :)

This week's video is All Night Long by the Mary Jane Girls.They were a 1980s girl group formed by musician/composer Rick James. The original members were Joanne "JoJo" McDuffie (lead singer), Cheryl Ann "Cheri" Bailey/Cheri Wells, Candice "Candi" Ghant and Kimberly "Maxi" Wuletich, session vocalists the Water Sisters (Maxine and Julia Water) were also part of the group. Cheri left in 1985 and was replaced by Yvette "Corvette" Marine. Apparently Mary Jane Girls was basically a launching pad for JoJo to get her career off the ground and the other members couldn't sing very well! Kind of like how the Pussycat Dolls was said to be a vehicle for Nicole Scherzinger.

The Mary Jane Girls released two albums Mary Jane Girls (1983) and Only Four You (1985). All Night Long is one of their most well known songs (I first heard it in the PS2 game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, lol) and I just read that Jennifer Lopez sampled it in the Murder Remix of I'm Real (one of my favourite J.Lo songs). The group are also known for Candy Man, In My House (one of their most successful songs, which was covered by German singer Sarah Connor in 2001) and Walk Like A Man (a cover of the song by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, which featured in the film A Fine Mess). They split in 1987.

This video is of Mary Jane Girls' 1983 performance on British music chart show Top of the Pops.

Happy New Year! :)


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