Rick James? Aw, man! The guy was a super freak.
African American musician James Ambrose Johnson, better known as Rick James, was a popular performer in the late s. James started singing on the street corners of his home town Buffalo at a young age. James battled drugs in the late s and served time for sexual assault.
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The book, written with David Ritz, was finished posthumously James died of a heart attack in , at age 56 and is out this week, alongside a digital box set of his Complete Motown Albums. James became one of the leading lights of funk in the late Seventies and early Eighties, but across the years, the singer was equally obsessed with sex and drugs. He also became friendly with Joni Mitchell they would stay up all night listening to jazz , and she recommended Neil Young, who joined James in a band called the Mynah Birds. They got signed to Motown and were ready to release a single — but it got shelved when the U. Street Songs James scuffled on the periphery of the music business for many years before breaking through, watching friends become famous, making money however he could including drug smuggling from India and Colombia and periodically ending up in jail. Now perfection had turned to pure shit.
James Ambrose Johnson Jr. February 1, — August 6, , 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. Navy to avoid being drafted into the army.