Rick James

Rick James

Real Name:
James Ambrose Johnson, Jr.
Profile:
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

Albums

Rick James Come Get It! (Album) Gordy US 1978 Sell This Version
Rick James Bustin' Out Of L Seven (Album) Gordy Spain 1979 Sell This Version
Rick James Fire It Up (Album) Gordy Brazil 1979 Sell This Version
Rick James Presents Stone City Band, The* Rick James Presents Stone City Band, The* - In 'N' Out (Album) Gordy US 1980 Sell This Version
Rick James Garden Of Love (Album) Gordy France 1980 Sell This Version
none Rick James Special Edition With Sid McCoy(LP) Westwood One none US 1980 Sell This Version
Rick James Street Songs (Album) Gordy Portugal 1981 Sell This Version
Rick James Throwin' Down (Album) Gordy Brazil 1982 Sell This Version
Rick James Presents Bobby M* Rick James Presents Bobby M* - Blow (Album) Gordy US 1982 Sell This Version
Rick James Cold Blooded (Album, Single) Gordy Japan 1983 Sell This Version
Rick James Glow (Album) Gordy, Gordy Canada 1985 Sell This Version
Rick James The Flag (Album) Gordy Italy 1986 Sell This Version
Rick James Wonderful (Album) Reprise Records Europe 1988 Sell This Version
Rick James Urban Rapsody (Album) Raging Bull Records, Private I Records, Mercury 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
Rick James Get Up And Dance Polydor Canada 1976 Sell This Version
Rick James You And I / Hollywood (EP, Single) Gordy Australia 1978 Sell This Version
Rick James Mary Jane / Dream Maker Gordy 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
G 7162F Rick James Mary Jane / Dream Maker(7", Single) Gordy G 7162F Canada 1978 Sell This Version
Rick James Summer Love (Single) Motown UK 1979 Sell This Version
Rick James High On Your Love Suite / One Mo Hit (Of Your Love) (Maxi) Motown US 1979 Sell This Version
Rick James Come Into My Life (Single) Gordy US 1979 Sell This Version