Rick James

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Rick James
Rick James posing for the album cover for Street Songs (1981)
Rick James posing for the album cover for Street Songs (1981)
Background information
Orúkọ àbísọJames Ambrose Johnson, Jr.
Wọ́n tún mọ̀ọ́ bíiBig Jimmy; Ricky James Matthews (early career); Jimmy "The Whale"
Ọjọ́ìbí(1948-02-01)Oṣù Kejì 1, 1948
Buffalo, New York, I.A.A.
AláìsíAugust 6, 2004(2004-08-06) (ọmọ ọdún 56)
Burbank, California, I.A.A.
Irú orinR&B, soul, funk, pop, soft rock
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, football player, bandleader, record producer
InstrumentsVocals, bass, guitar, keyboards, drums and other percussion instruments
Years active1964–2004
LabelsHarvest Prep
Gordy Records
Reprise Records
Mercury Records
Associated actsThe Mynah Birds
Stone City Band
Heaven and Earth
Mary Jane Girls
Process and the Doo Rags
Val Young
Eddie Murphy
Teena Marie

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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