A longtime staple of Chicago's West Side blues circuit, singer Mary Lane
was born November 23, 1935 in Clarendon, Arkansas. After honing her skills in local juke joints in the company of Howlin' Wolf
, Robert Nighthawk
, Little Junior Parker
and James Cotton
relocated to Chicago in 1957; backed by Morris Pejoe
, she soon cut her debut single "You Don't Want My Lovin' No More" for the Friendly Five label. A favorite among peers for her dulcet tones, she nevertheless did not record again for several decades, remaining virtually unknown outside of the Chicago blues faithful; finally, in the early 1990s, Lane
recorded a handful of tracks for the Wolf label, leading to 1997's full-length Appointment with the Blues.