Rick James

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Rick James
Birth name James Ambrose Johnson, Jr.
Also known as Big Jimmy; Ricky James Matthews (early career); Jimmy "The Whale"
Born (1948-02-01)Oṣù Kejì 1, 1948
Buffalo, New York, I.A.A.
Died August 6, 2004(2004-08-06) (ọmọ ọdún 56)
Burbank, California, I.A.A.
Genres R&B, soul, funk, pop, soft rock
Occupations Singer, songwriter, football player, bandleader, record producer
Instruments Vocals, bass, guitar, keyboards, drums and other percussion instruments
Years active 1964–2004
Labels Harvest Prep
Gordy Records
Reprise Records
Mercury Records
Associated acts The Mynah Birds
Stone City Band
Heaven and Earth
Mary Jane Girls
Process and the Doo Rags
Val Young
Eddie Murphy
Teena Marie
Website www.rickjames.com
Notable instruments
Rickenbacker 4001
Gibson Les Paul

Rick James (born James Ambrose Johnson, Jr.; February 1, 1948 – August 6, 2004) was an American singer, songwriter, musician and record producer, best known for being the major popularizer of funk music in the late 1970s and early 1980s thanks to million-selling hits such as "You and I" (1978), "Give It to Me Baby" (1981) and "Super Freak" (1981), the latter song crossing him over to pop audiences and selling over three million copies.

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