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Rick James

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Born Feb 1, 1948

James Ambrose Johnson, Jr. , better known by his stage name Rick James, was an American singer, songwriter, musician and record producer. James was a popular performer in the late 1970s and 1980s, scoring four number-one hits on the U.S. R&B charts performing in the genres of funk and R&B. Among his well known songs are "Super Freak", "Mary Jane" and "You and I".… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

1948 Birth James Ambrose Johnson, Jr. was born on February 1, 1948, in Buffalo, New York, to Mabel (née Sims) and James Ambrose Johnson, Sr. He was one of eight children. … Read More

TEENAGE

1965 17 Years Old In 1965, he fled for Toronto, where he made friendships with then-local musicians Neil Young and Joni Mitchell. … Read More

TWENTIES

1968 20 Years Old 1 More Event
…  James returned to Motown as a songwriter in 1968, under the assumed name "Rickie Matthews", and worked with acts such as The Miracles, Bobby Taylor and the Vancouvers, and The Spinners. … Read More
1969 - 1973 2 More Events
1976 28 Years Old In 1976, James returned to Buffalo, New York, and formed the Stone City Band and recorded the song "Get Up and Dance!", which was his second single to be released.
1977 29 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1977, he signed with the Gordy Records imprint of Motown as a recording artist, releasing his debut, Come Get It!, in April 1978. … Read More

THIRTIES

1978 - 1979 2 More Events
1980 32 Years Old Following the end of the tour in 1980, James released the ballads-heavy Garden of Love, which became his fourth gold record.
1981 33 Years Old In 1981, James recorded his best-selling album to date, Street Songs, which like his previous four albums, was a concept album. … Read More
1982 34 Years Old 1 More Event
Following up that success, James released two more gold albums, 1982's Throwin' Down and 1983's Cold Blooded. … Read More
1983 35 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1983, James recorded the hit duet, "Ebony Eyes", with singer Smokey Robinson.
1985 37 Years Old In 1985, James produced another hit for entertainer Eddie Murphy with the song "Party All The Time". … Read More
1986 38 Years Old After the release of his ninth solo album, The Flag, in 1986, James signed with Warner Bros. … Read More

FORTIES

1989 41 Years Old In 1989, James' eleventh album, Kickin', was issued only in the UK.
After being credited as writer of the song, James became the 1990 recipient of a Best R&B Song Grammy for composing the song. … Read More
In 1993, the couple welcomed the arrival of their only child and James' youngest, Tazman. Following their releases from prison for their involvement in assaulting Mary Sauger and Frances Alley, the couple married in 1996. The couple's marriage dissolved in 2002. … Read More
1996 48 Years Old He was released in 1996.

FIFTIES

1998 50 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Murphy would later recall on Chappelle's Show his sometimes strained relationship with James, which helped to revive James' name in the public eye after years of seclusion following his mild stroke in 1998.
James received new notoriety in 2004 when he appeared on an episode of the Chappelle's Show in the Charlie Murphy "True Hollywood Stories" segment of the show, in which James' past wild lifestyle was satirized. … Read More
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