Rick James

Rick James

About Rick James

Rick James (born James Ambrose Johnson, Jr., February 1, 1948 - August 6, 2004), was a singer, songwriter, musician and record producer, best known for being one of the popularizers of funk music in the late 1970s and early 1980s thanks to million-selling hits such as "You and I", "Give It to Me Baby" and "Super Freak", the latter song crossing him over to pop audiences and selling over three million copies, later contributing to the success of rapper MC Hammer's "Can't Touch This", in which James sued to be credited for and as a result won a Grammy Award with Hammer in the Best R&B Song category in 1991, becoming his only Grammy win. James started his singing career fronting doo-wop and R&B bands in his hometown of Buffalo, New York in the early 1960s, with his vocal style influenced by the likes of Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and David Ruffin.

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