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Macgregor, Mary - 1980 Mary Macgregor



ARTIST: Macgregor, Mary
ALBUM: Mary Macgregor
LABEL: RSO Records
SERIAL: RS-1-3083
YEAR: 1980

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Mary Macgregor - lead and backing vocals

Guests: James House, Michael Landau, Ronald Cook, Steve Lukather, Larry Guzy - guitar * Marc Boeddeker, Michael Porcaro, Neil Stubenhaus - bass * Brian Whitcomb, Jai Winding, David J. Holman, Pete Robinson - keyboards * Michael Botts - drums * Bryan Savage - flute * Virgil Beckham - background vocals * David Blumberg - arranger, conductor

TRACK LISTING: 01 Dancin' Like Lovers * 02 You're Just Between Love * 03 Somebody Please * 04 Love, What Took You So Long * 05 Anything But Yes Is Still A No * 06 Good Friend * 07 Randy * 08 I Can't Old On * 09 Dominoes * 10 Never Give Up


Background
I kinda had to laugh when I saw Alun's review of Dolly Parton on here a couple of weeks ago. He and Jeff Duran have never been shy to review some artists that might seem a little oddball here at Glory Daze. So here's my attempt at joining this little exclusive party. Does anyone remember a woman called Mary MacGregor? Wind the clock back to 1976, and the single called 'Torn Between Two Lovers'. I'm sure most of you will remember that folk hit that took Mary into the charts. Not quite AOR but 1976 was a little different back then. Following this hit single, Mary released a couple of albums including this fourth and final effort from 1980.


The Songs
Now signed to RSO (Robert Stigwood) after a stint with Ariola, she was picked up on the basis of the single 'Good Friend' which came from the 1979 movie 'Meatballs'. The song made it to #39 on the Billboard charts, enough for RSO to dangle a carrot. The reason I've included it is because she assembled a pretty decent cast of supporting musicians who played on this album, including members of Toto, Jai Winding, James House and a young Michael Landau. Hopeful that this might actually include some decent music based around the musicians assembled, I was disappointed to find that this was not the case. Mostly this was inoffensive orchestral soft pop which highlighted a lovely voice, but the backing music was pretty weak to be honest. The album generated a low-flying hit in 'Dancin' Like Lovers', which made it to #72 during the spring of 1980. The non-charting 'Somebody Please' followed not long after, which proved to be Mary's final single release.


In Summary
The 'Mary MacGregor' album is out of print and was never issued on CD, with Mary retiring from the music industry in the early 80's.


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#1 | Eric on April 24 2016 17:14:16
I worked with her manager for a few month's. He was John Denver's manager when he lived in Minnesota in the very early 70's, Sonny and Cher and Neil Diamond's road manager and worked AandR for AandM among other things. He had the gold single of 'Torn Between Two Lovers' on his office wall but they had a falling out and Mary ended up suing him which didn't end well. He wasn't a nice guy so it wasn't hard to imagine why.  no
#2 | retroaddict on April 24 2016 22:41:38
Mary did have a single out in Japan the following year. In '99, the Mary MacGregor band(a folk trio) put out a self-made CD called 'Perfect Yellow House' that I remember buying from them through E-Bay. That has been it from her.

Her albums are a bit difficult to find on the net...or more accurately, difficult to find in stereo. A year or two ago, a 'Just Mary' compilation surfaced that gathered everything she released between '76 and '80; however, they are subpar mono needledrops.
#3 | Eric on April 24 2016 23:02:08
And that makes sense. 'Torn Between Two Lovers' was written by Peter Yorn of Peter, Paul and Mary and if I remember right one of the issues was with publishing. She was not getting the money she expected and blamed her manager who I will not name. I will say, he was drinking Orange Screwdrivers at 10 in the morning while I worked One Stops for his company co-owned by Bill Traut called Trios and was barely paid. He was the guy who brought Styx to AandM from Wooden Nickel as a favor to Traut who stole from Styx and that should give you a good indication of his character.
 
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