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|Birth name||James Ambrose Johnson, Jr.|
|Also known as||Big Jimmy; Ricky James Matthews (early career); Jimmy "The Whale"|
|Born||Oṣù Kejì 1, 1948
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
|Died||Oṣù Kẹjọ 6, 2004 (ọmọ ọdún 56)
Burbank, California, U.S.
|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|
|Associated acts||The Mynah Birds
Stone City Band
Heaven and Earth
Mary Jane Girls
Process and the Doo Rags
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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