Rick James Biography

Rick James was an American musician and composer.

Influenced by singers such as Marvin Gaye and Smokey Robinson, James started singing in doo-wop and R&B groups as a teenager in his hometown of Buffalo, New York. After entering the United States Navy to avoid getting drafted, he deserted to Toronto, where he formed the fusion band The Mynah Birds, whose lineup once included Bruce Palmer, Neil Young, and Nick St. Nicholas. James' tenure with the group was interrupted after he was discovered recording with the group in Motown in 1966. Surrendering to military authorities, he served a one-year prison term. Upon release, James moved to California to resume his duties with the Mynah Birds though the group eventually split. James began a series of rock bands in the California area and worked with Motown under the assumed name "Ricky Matthews" as a songwriter.

In 1977, he signed with the Gordy Records imprint of Motown as a recording artist, releasing his debut, Come Get It!, in April 1978. The album sold over two million copies and launched his career into the mainstream as a funk and soul artist. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
Rick James
Full Name:
James Ambrose Johnson Jr.
Nationality:
United States of America
Profession:
Record producer, Songwriter, Singer, Bandleader, Musician, Dancer, Composer
Ethnicity:
African American
Date of Birth:
February 1, 1948
Astrological Sign:
Aquarius
Date of Death:
August 6, 2004
Age at Death:
56
Cause of Death:
Myocardial infarction, Stroke
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