Rick James Poster


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Overview (5)

Born in Buffalo, New York, USA
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA  (heart attack)
Birth NameJames Ambrose Johnson Jr.
Nickname The King of Punk Funk
Height 5' 11¼" (1.81 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Rick James was born on February 1, 1948 in Buffalo, New York, USA as James Ambrose Johnson Jr. He was married to Tanya Hijazi. He died on August 6, 2004 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Spouse (2)

Tanya Hijazi (24 December 1997 - 2002) ( divorced) ( 1 child)
? (? - ?) ( divorced)

Trivia (14)

Suffers a stroke after completing a two-hour show in Denver's Mammoth Events Center. [November 1998]
Both he and Tanya Hijazi were convicted of assault of two women. He served 2 years. She served 15 months. [1993]
He and Tanya Hijazi lived together from 1986 till their marriage. They have a son, Tazman James, born in 1992.
Son, Tazman, born [1992]
He has two illegitimate children born in the '70s.
His uncle was a member of the legendary soul group, The Temptations. He worked as a producer and writer on their 1982 "Reunion" album.
Sued rapper M.C. Hammer in 1990 for unauthorized use of music samples of his song "Superfreak" in Hammer's hit song "U Can't Touch This". The case was settled out of court, and along with another songwriter who wrote "Superfreak", he received songwriting credits on "U Can't Touch This".
He was the lead vocalist for the Toronto-based R&B/Soul group The Mynah Birds in the mid-1960s. They were signed to Motown's V.I.P. label. "It's My Time," which was slated to be The Mynah Bird's first single in 1966, was co-written by James and the band's lead guitarist, a then unknown Neil Young. Also a member of the band was Bruce Palmer. However, when Motown executives learned that James was AWOL from the U.S. Naval Reserves, the single was shelved. Young and Palmer would go on to form Buffalo Springfield.
Nephew of Melvin Franklin.
Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 273-274. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007.
Father of Ty James, and Rick, Jr.
Brother of Camille Hudson, and Carmen Sims.
Has two grandchildren.
Was friends with Smokey Robinson, and Charlie Murphy.

Personal Quotes (3)

"I had always been a free spirit, and always gotten what I wanted." (in 1998 interview with the New York Times)
(about Charlie Murphy) "But you know, he was hanging out with the big dogs, you know, Charlie didn't know he was doing crazy things, and I had to straighten him out. Sometimes I had to upside his head."
[on his appearance on Chappelle's Show (2003)] I love Dave (Dave Chappelle). I think he's brought something to comedy that people haven't seen before. He's a beautiful human being, and Charlie Murphy (Charlie Murphy) is a very dear friend. Everywhere I go, white folks, black folks, green folks, I hear "I'm Rick James, bitch!" I don't really think David did it purposely. I take that back. He probably did.

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