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 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 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 6 August 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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Albums

MH-7363 Rick James - Come Get It! album art Rick James Come Get It! (Album) Gordy MH-7363 Taiwan 1978 Sell This Version
200.277-1, 200277-1 Rick James - Bustin' Out Of L Seven album art Rick James Bustin' Out Of L Seven (Album) Gordy 200.277-1, 200277-1 Spain 1979 Sell This Version
G8-990MI Rick James - Fire It Up album art Rick James Fire It Up (Album) Gordy G8-990MI US 1979 Sell This Version
G8-995M1 Rick James - Garden Of Love album art Rick James Garden Of Love (Album) Gordy G8-995M1 US 1980 Sell This Version
G8-990M1 Rick James - In 'n' Out album art Rick James Presents The Stone City Band* Rick James Presents The Stone City Band* - In 'n' Out (Album) Gordy G8-990M1 US 1980 Sell This Version
none Rick James - Special Edition With Sid McCoy album art Rick James Special Edition With Sid McCoy(LP, Transcription) Westwood One none US 1980 Sell This Version
IM-46.049 Rick James - Street Songs album art Rick James Street Songs (Album) Gordy IM-46.049 Portugal 1981 Sell This Version
6023GL Rick James - Blow album art Rick James Presents Bobby M* Rick James Presents Bobby M* - Blow (Album) Gordy 6023GL US 1982 Sell This Version
TMC 5438 Rick James - Throwin' Down album art Rick James Throwin' Down (Album) Gordy TMC 5438 South Africa 1982 Sell This Version
116007 Rick James - Cold Blooded album art Rick James Cold Blooded (Album) Gordy 116007 Greece 1983 Sell This Version
6135GL, R-164051 Rick James - Glow album art Rick James Glow (Album) Gordy, Gordy 6135GL, R-164051 US 1985 Sell This Version
ZL 72443 Rick James - The Flag album art Rick James The Flag (Album) Gordy ZL 72443 Italy 1986 Sell This Version
4-25659, 9 25659-4 Rick James - Wonderful album art Rick James Wonderful (Album) Reprise Records, Reprise Records 4-25659, 9 25659-4 US 1988 Sell This Version
46341-7070-2 Rick James - Urban Rapsody album art 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 album art Rick James Deeper Still(CD, Album) Stone City Records 015 US 2007 Sell This Version
none Rick James - Kickin' album art Rick James Kickin'(10xFile, AAC, Album) Warner Bros. Records none 2014
none Rick James - Rick James Forever album art Rick James Rick James Forever(File, MP3, Album, 256) Trinitee Urban Records none 2020

Singles & EPs

1615-S Rick James - My Mama album art Rick James My Mama(7", Single, Mono, Promo) A&M Records 1615-S US 1974 Sell This Version
2065 333 Rick James - Get Up And Dance album art Rick James & The Stone City Band* Rick James & The Stone City Band* - Get Up And Dance Polydor 2065 333 Canada 1976 Sell This Version
DD 90002 Rick James - Warm Ride / You And I album art Rare Earth / Rick James Rare Earth / Rick James - Warm Ride / You And I (Single) Motown DD 90002 Argentina 1978 Sell This Version
G 7162F Rick James - Mary Jane album art Rick James Mary Jane (Single) Gordy G 7162F Canada 1978 Sell This Version
M-45-170 Rick James - You And I / Hollywood album art Rick James You And I / Hollywood (Single, EP) Gordy M-45-170 Philippines 1978 Sell This Version
PROM 31 Rick James - Lovin' Livin' and Givin' / You And I album art 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
1A K052Z-63392 Rick James - Love Gun album art Rick James Love Gun Motown 1A K052Z-63392 Netherlands 1979 Sell This Version
G 7177F Rick James - Come Into My Life album art Rick James Come Into My Life (Single) Gordy G 7177F US 1979 Sell This Version