< Please do not add useless content, gibberish, crap, cruft, blank this page, or shove beans up your nose. You may be blocked from editing Wikipedia for ignoring this warning. -->"Rick James" (born "James Ambrose Johnson, Jr"; February 1, 1948 – August 6, 2004) was an American funk and soul musician, who worked as a singer, keyboardist, bassist, record producer, arranger, and composer during his long career. One of the most popular artists on the Motown label during the late 1970s and early 1980s, James was famous for his wild brand of funk music and his trademark cornrow braids, sporting them well before the style was widely popularized (among caucasians) by actress Bo Derek. As time went on, James was given the unofficial title ''The King of Punk-Funk''.
Born in Buffalo, New York, James was the third of eight children; his father was a disco technician who abandoned the family, and his mother was a former dancer who made a living running numbers. "She raised us strict Catholics", James recalled. His uncle was Melvin Franklin, the bass vocalist of The Temptations.
At age 17, James joined the US Navy after dropping out from high school. He began missing weeke...
|birth date||February 1, 1948|
|birth place||Buffalo, New York|
|death date||August 6, 2004|
|death place||Los Angeles, California|
|occupation||Singer, songwriter, Record producer|