Between 1977 and 1978 Mary recorded a series of erotic audio tapes in a small studio above a flower shop on Barnes Common in leafy South London. With her engineer Nigel encouraging her, Mary improvised over a dozen sexy stories, regaling torrid tales of her experiences with male and female lovers. The stories ranged from the kinky (peeing in a toilet), the improbable (having sex in a sports car on the A3 to Surrey) and the more pedestrian (wanking in a bath), but all featured a charming, and suitably energetic, performance from Britain’s number one sex symbol.
After the stories were edited – they usually lasted no longer than 7 minutes in duration – the recordings were transferred onto flexi-disc or tape at a factory in Milton Keynes. The plastic discs were given away ‘free’ with several of David Sullivan’s magazines, including Listen with Playbirds, and the tapes were sold via mail order, or at his chain of sex shops, where they proved to be an incredibly profitable product line.
Sadly, many of Mary’s audio recordings have now been lost, but since last autumn I’ve been working on an exciting new project restoring several of the surviving tapes. In July this year, four of them are going to re-released on vinyl in deluxe packaging with photos of Mary, a new essay from me, and some eyebrow-raising sleeve-notes written by Mary’s original audio technician, Nigel. Watch this space!
All words © Simon Sheridan 2014