Rick James

Rick James

Real Name:
James Ambrose Johnson, Jr.
American vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer.
Born on February 1, 1948 in Buffalo, New York.
Died August 6, 2004 in Burbank, California.

Growing up in the Buffalo ghetto as the third oldest child in a family of eight, by age 14 he already had legal troubles. In 1964 James went AWOL from the Navy because it interfered with his music career, and he fled to Canada for a few years.
His first band, formed in the 1960s with future Steppenwolf member Nick St. Nicholas was initially called the Sailor Boys but soon changed their name to The Mynah Birds. He also formed the blues band The Main Line, and was singing and writing in The Great White Cane.
In 1977 he formed the Stone City Band. His first album “Come and Get It” reached position 3 on the R&B charts, “You and I” went gold in September and “Mary Jane”, a barely-disguised hymn to marijuana, hit US R&B #3 in October 1977. He also helped launch the Mary Jane Girls in the mid-1980s. Rick James is also credited for establishing the “Punk Funk” style.
On the morning of August 6, 2004, Rick James was found dead in his Burbank, California home. He had died from pulmonary failure and cardiac failure with his various health conditions of diabetes, stroke, a pacemaker and a heart attack.
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Rick James Discography


G7-981R1 Rick James Come Get It! (Album) Gordy G7-981R1 US 1978 Sell This Version
200.277-1, 200277-1 Rick James Bustin' Out Of L Seven (Album) Gordy 200.277-1, 200277-1 Spain 1979 Sell This Version
G8-990 Rick James Fire It Up (Album) Gordy G8-990 Brazil 1979 Sell This Version
G7-991R1 Rick James Presents Stone City Band, The* Rick James Presents Stone City Band, The* - In 'N' Out (Album) Gordy G7-991R1 US 1980 Sell This Version
523025 Rick James Garden Of Love (Album) Gordy 523025 France 1980 Sell This Version
none Rick James Special Edition With Sid McCoy(LP) Westwood One none US 1980 Sell This Version
IM-46.049 Rick James Street Songs (Album) Gordy IM-46.049 Portugal 1981 Sell This Version
104.8232 Rick James Throwin' Down (Album) Gordy 104.8232 Brazil 1982 Sell This Version
6023GL Rick James Presents Bobby M* Rick James Presents Bobby M* - Blow (Album) Gordy 6023GL US 1982 Sell This Version
VIL-6063 Rick James Cold Blooded (Album, Single) Gordy VIL-6063 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
G 6135 Rick James Glow (Album) Gordy, Gordy G 6135 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
ZL 72443 Rick James The Flag (Album) Gordy ZL 72443 Italy 1986 Sell This Version
3746 352632 Rick James Wonderful (Album) Reprise Records 3746 352632 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
46341-7070-2 Rick James Urban Rapsody (Album) Raging Bull Records, Private I Records, Mercury 46341-7070-2 US 1997 Sell This Version
015 Rick James Deeper Still(CD, Album) Stone City Records 015 US 2007 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

1615-S Rick James My Mama(7", Single, Promo, Mono) A&M Records 1615-S US 1974 Sell This Version
2065 333 Rick James Get Up And Dance Polydor 2065 333 Canada 1976 Sell This Version
MCS-053 Rick James You And I / Hollywood (EP, Single) Gordy MCS-053 Brazil 1978 Sell This Version
G 7162F Rick James Mary Jane / Dream Maker Gordy G 7162F Canada 1978 Sell This Version
DD 90002 Rare Earth, Rick James Rare Earth, Rick James - Double Disco 45 RPM(12", Single) Motown DD 90002 Argentina 1978 Sell This Version
M-00058 Rare Earth / Rick James Rare Earth / Rick James - Warm Ride / You And I(12", Single) Motown M-00058 Brazil 1978 Sell This Version
12TMG 1209 Rick James Summer Love (Single) Motown 12TMG 1209 UK 1979 Sell This Version
M 00012 D1 Rick James High On Your Love Suite / One Mo Hit (Of Your Love) (Maxi) Motown M 00012 D1 US 1979 Sell This Version
G 7177F Rick James Come Into My Life (Single) Gordy G 7177F US 1979 Sell This Version
1A 006-63392 Rick James Love Gun / Stormy Love (Single) Gordy 1A 006-63392 Netherlands 1979 Sell This Version