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RICK JAMES
American vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer.
Born on February 1, 1948 in Buffalo, New York.
Died August 6, 2004 in Burbank, California.

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 Mynah Birds, The. He also formed the blues band The Main Line, and was singing and writing in Great White Cane, The.
In 1977 he formed the Stone City Band. His first album “Come and 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 6, 2004, Rick James was found dead in his Burbank, California home. He had died from pulmonary failure and cardiac failure with his various health conditions of diabetes, stroke, a pacemaker and a heart attack.
 
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Rick James September 1978 Interview
Originally published 26/07/2012 Rick's style has been dubbed Punk Funk in some quarters. He himself agrees the term might be apt as it signifies the rebellious aspect of his music… FOR a first release to become a hit is something special; but when it actually hits the top spot and explodes all around the world, then we know that a potential superstar is being born. That's the way is has been for Motown's Rick James, whose "You And I" single has become one of the disco anthems of th...
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Rick James November 1979 Interview
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