- Neil Pellegrin
This installment of Trick Bag presents a special showcase of New Orleans soulstress Mary Jane Hooper. After releasing only a handful of singles between 1968 and 1970, this brilliantly talented vocalist (whose real name is Sena Fletcher) faded into obscurity. Her music has since garnered a dedicated following among R&B/soul collectors and much speculation has arisen about her recent whereabouts. A CD containing the material from her 45-RPMs and seven previously unreleased recordings — all cut for New Orleans crawfish king Al Scramuzza’s various record labels — hit the market in 1997, helping to quench the lust for rare gems in the hearts of soul music devotees worldwide. This episode features a very rare 2016 interview I conducted with Mary Jane, which originally aired on my radio program on WWOZ in New Orleans. Also featured here are samples of never-before-heard recordings from Sena’s personal collection! And, of course, we’ll hear her classic sides as well.
Johnny Adams – Release Me
Mary Jane Hooper – Harper Valley PTA
Mary Jane Hooper – Teach Me
Mary Jane Hooper – Psychedelphia
Mary Jane Hooper – That’s How Strong Love Is
Sena & Raymond Fletcher – Bill Bailey
Sena & Raymond Fletcher – More
Sena & Raymond Fletcher – Blueberry Hill/Great Balls of Fire
unreleased recording produced by Willie Tee
Mary Jane Hooper – Remember When
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