Rick James

Real Name:
James Ambrose Johnson, Jr.
Profile:
American vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer.

Born: 1 February 1948 in Buffalo, New York, USA.
Died: 6 August 2004 in Burbank, California, USA (aged 56).

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 1960's 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 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 6th, 2004, James was found dead in his Burbank, California home. He died from pulmonary and cardiac failure with his various health conditions of diabetes, stroke, a pacemaker and a heart attack.
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Artist

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Albums

G7-981R1 Come Get It! — Rick James Rick James Come Get It! (Album) Gordy G7-981R1 US 1978 Sell This Version
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200.277-1, 200277-1 Bustin' Out Of L Seven — Rick James Rick James Bustin' Out Of L Seven (Album) Gordy 200.277-1, 200277-1 Spain 1979 Sell This Version
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G8-990MI Fire It Up — Rick James Rick James Fire It Up (Album) Gordy G8-990MI US 1979 Sell This Version
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G8-995M1 Garden Of Love — Rick James Rick James Garden Of Love (Album) Gordy G8-995M1 US 1980 Sell This Version
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G7 991 HT In 'n' Out — Rick James Stone City Band Presents Rick James Stone City Band Presents Rick James - In 'n' Out (Album) Gordy G7 991 HT US 1980 Sell This Version
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none Special Edition With Sid McCoy — Rick James Rick James Special Edition With Sid McCoy(LP, Transcription) Westwood One none US 1980 Sell This Version
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IM-46.049 Street Songs — Rick James Rick James Street Songs (Album) Gordy IM-46.049 Portugal 1981 Sell This Version
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6023GL Blow — Rick James Rick James Presents Bobby M* Rick James Presents Bobby M* - Blow (Album) Gordy 6023GL US 1982 Sell This Version
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TMC 5438 Throwin' Down — Rick James Rick James Throwin' Down (Album) Gordy TMC 5438 South Africa 1982 Sell This Version
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116007 Cold Blooded — Rick James Rick James Cold Blooded (Album) Gordy 116007 Greece 1983 Sell This Version
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6135 GL, 6135GL Glow — Rick James Rick James Glow (Album) Gordy, Gordy 6135 GL, 6135GL US 1985 Sell This Version
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ZL 72443 The Flag — Rick James Rick James The Flag (Album) Gordy ZL 72443 Italy 1986 Sell This Version
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25XD-1074 Wonderful — Rick James Rick James Wonderful (Album) Reprise Records, Reprise Records 25XD-1074 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
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46341-7070-2 Urban Rapsody — Rick James Rick James Urban Rapsody (Album) Raging Bull Records, Private I Records, Mercury 46341-7070-2 US 1997 Sell This Version
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015 Deeper Still — Rick James Rick James Deeper Still(CD, Album) Stone City Records 015 US 2007 Sell This Version
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none Kickin' — Rick James Rick James Kickin'(10xFile, AAC, Album) Warner Bros. Records none 2014
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none Rick James Forever — Rick James Rick James Rick James Forever(File, MP3, Album, 256) Trinitee Urban Records none 2020
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Singles & EPs

11629, 1615 My Mama — Rick James Rick James My Mama(7", Single, Mono, Promo) A&M Records, A&M Records 11629, 1615 US 1974 Sell This Version
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2065 333 Get Up And Dance — Rick James Rick James & The Stone City Band* Rick James & The Stone City Band* - Get Up And Dance Polydor 2065 333 Canada 1976 Sell This Version
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DD 90002 Warm Ride / You And I — Rick James Rare Earth / Rick James Rare Earth / Rick James - Warm Ride / You And I (Single) Motown DD 90002 Argentina 1978 Sell This Version
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G 7162F Mary Jane — Rick James Rick James Mary Jane (Single) Gordy G 7162F Canada 1978 Sell This Version
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M-45-170 You And I / Hollywood — Rick James Rick James You And I / Hollywood (Single, EP) Gordy M-45-170 Philippines 1978 Sell This Version
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PROM 31 Lovin' Livin' and Givin' / You And I — Rick James Diana Ross, Rick James Diana Ross, Rick James - Lovin' Livin' and Givin' / You And I(7", Single, Promo, Mis) Motown PROM 31 Netherlands 1978 Sell This Version
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1A K052Z-63392 Love Gun — Rick James Rick James Love Gun Motown 1A K052Z-63392 Netherlands 1979 Sell This Version
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M 00012 D1 High On Your Love Suite / One Mo Hit (Of Your Love) — Rick James Rick James High On Your Love Suite / One Mo Hit (Of Your Love) (Single, Maxi) Motown, Motown M 00012 D1 US 1979 Sell This Version