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0 Mary J. Blige: Swings, Hits and Misses

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  • by Kingsley H. Smith and guest
  • 12/22/2021

What's your favorite Mary J. Blige song? It might be:

  • "Be Without You"
  • "Real Love"
  • "Family Affair"
  • "My Life"

There are scores more to choose from. Other than her own, Mary J. has a thing for Elton John songs. She's featured on "I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues" live with Elton at Madison Square Garden in New York City (2000).

Mary J. also sang the Elton song "Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word" from the 2004 movie Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.

She does a wonderful duet "Being With You" on Smokey Robinson's 2014 CD Smokey & Friends. There's a lot of authentic gravity in Mary's live rendition of the traditional "Hard Times (Come Again No More)" as featured with the Roots on the multiple artist fundraiser collection album "Hope For Haiti Now."

"Mary J.," has come a long way. From combat boot dilettante to co-headliner in the halftime show at the Super Bowl.

The question remains, what lyric remembrance from her songbook had the largest impact?

Antwane Folk takes an in-depth look back at this music icon's biggest single in the story "A Breakthrough: Mary J. Blige's 'Be Without You'"


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