- Name: Rick James
- Born: 02/01/1948
- Died: 08/06/2004 (56 years old)
- Occupation: Singer, songwriter, arranger, record producer, dancer
- Website: www.rickjames.com
James Ambrose Johnson Jr. (February 1, 1948 – August 6, 2004), better known by his stage name Rick James, was an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, James began his musical career in his teen years. He was in various bands before entering the U.S. Navy to avoid being drafted into the army. In 1964, James deserted to Toronto, Canada, where he formed the rock band the Mynah Birds, who eventually signed a recording deal with Motown Records in 1966. James’ career with the group halted after military authorities discovered his whereabouts and eventually convicted and sentenced James to a one-year prison term related to the desertion charges. After being released, James moved to California where he started a variety of rock and funk groups in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Birth Name: James Ambrose Johnson Jr.
Alias: Ricky Matthews
Genre: R&B, soul, funk, funk rock, rock, doo-wop, dance-punk
Birth Place: Buffalo, New York, U.S.
Death Place: Los Angeles, California
Rick James quotes :
I wrote and produced millions and millions of selling records, so my publishing company alone was worth millions of dollars. I didn't have to work anymore in life because when the rappers started sampling... I'm the most sampled artist in history.Rick James