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|Studio||Paramount Recording Studios, Hollywood; NSP Studios|
|Genre||R&B, Soul, Disco, Funk|
|Mary Wilson chronology|
|Singles from Mary Wilson|
The Supremes had released their 29th and last studio album, Mary, Scherrie & Susaye, in October 1976, just nine months before they officially disbanded as a group.
On June 12, 1977, the Supremes performed their farewell concert at the Drury Lane Theater in London as Wilson made her exit for a solo career and Scherrie and Susaye had selected Joyce Vincent to round out the trio as a new third member. Instead, Motown decided that without any original members, the Supremes would be disbanded.
Upon leaving the Supremes, Wilson became involved in a protracted legal battle with Motown Records over its management of the Supremes. After an out-of-court settlement, she signed a solo record deal with Motown negotiated by her husband. Her contract required her to record two LP's per year for the next five years. Originally, Marvin Gaye was scheduled to produce the album. However, Gaye was preoccupied with his divorce from Berry Gordy's elder sister Anna Gordy at the time, thus leaving her to work with Hal Davis who produced some of The Supremes earlier material as well as having worked with The Jackson 5 and with Michael Jackson on his early solo albums for Motown.
Prior to the release of the album the infamous Disco Demolition Night took place at Comiskey Park in Chicago on July 12, 1979. The "Disco Sucks" movement impacted the release which heavily featured disco. The album was a commercial failure and did not chart on the Billboard 200 but charted for a week at #74 on its R&B albums listing. Cashbox magazine however charted it for five weeks on its pop albums chart, peaking at #168. Its lead single, "Red Hot", squeaked into the Billboard R&B singles chart at #95. Another single, "Pick Up the Pieces", failed to chart at all. An extended version of "Red Hot" was made available as a 12-inch single and reached #85 on the disco charts in October 1979.
After the release of Mary Wilson, Wilson began working on her second solo album for Motown with English record producer Gus Dudgeon (who had already produced 4 new tracks for the new album). However, midway through the production of the album, Motown dropped Wilson from their roster in 1980.
Wilson's next album, Walk the Line, would take some 13-years before finally seeing a release in 1992.
All tracks composed by Frank Busey and John Duarte
- "Red Hot" − 6:06
- "I've Got What You Need" − 5:08
- "You Make Me Feel So Good" − 5:51
- "(I Love A) Warm Summer Night" − 4:07
- "Pick Up the Pieces" − 5:01
- "You're the Light That Guides My Way" ��� 3:18
- "Midnight Dancer" − 3:08
- "Red Hot" b/w "Midnight Dancer" (Sep 1979)
- "Pick Up the Pieces" b/w "You're the Light That Guides My Way" (Mar 1980)
Two days prior to her death, Mary announced on her YouTube Channel that she was working with Universal in re-releasing her solo LP; expanding it with the four Gus Dudgeon tracks. A new song entitled, "Why Can't We All Get Along", previously unreleased was included on the expanded edition and released as a posthumous single on March 4, 2021 ahead of the release. It is slated for release on April 16, 2021 marking its official debut on all digital platforms such as Spotify and iTunes.
- Art Wright - rhythm, horn & string arrangements
- John Cabalka - art direction
- Bill Woodruff (track: B3), Clydene Jackson, Gloria Scott, Julia Tillman Waters, Maxine Willard Waters - backing vocals
- Eddie Watkins, Jr. - bass
- Ginny Livingston - design
- James Gadson, Melvin Webb - drums
- Dennis Moody, Kevin Wright - engineer
- Melvin "Wah Wah" Watson - guitar
- Alan Willard Oldfield, Reginald "Sonny" Burke - keyboards
- Emil Radocchia, Gene Estes, Melvin Webb - percussion
- Claude Mougin - cover photography
|"Red Hot"||US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs||95|
- Allmusic review
- Whitburn, Joel (2005). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research.