American Singer-Songwriter

Rick James

  • Feb 01, 1948 - Aug 06, 2004 (age 56)
  • 5' 11" (1.81 m)
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2014
The  Complete Motown Albums
AlbumJul 8, 2014

The Complete Motown Albums

The Complete Motown Albums released.
2013
Best Of
AlbumDec 17, 2013

Best Of

Best Of released.
2010
SongNov 30, 2010

Super Freak
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AlbumAug 31, 2010

Icon

Icon released.
Rarities Edition: Street Songs
AlbumJan 5, 2010

Rarities Edition: Street Songs

Rarities Edition: Street Songs released.
2007
I'm Rick James
MovieSep 8, 2007

I'm Rick James

The Rick James Story comes to the screen with all same …
The Rick James Story comes to the screen with all same unstoppable energy and outrageous humor that made him famous. It's a non-apologetic celebration of the man and his music. The songs drive the journey, with many never before heard tracks and Rick's hits like "Give It To Me Baby," "Mary Jane." "Party All The Time" and "Superfreak." The documentary is told by the people who knew him, partied with him and slept with him --from club owners in Buffalo to Hollywood's biggest celebrities. But there's a twist. Rick narrates his own life story. From existing on camera footage Rick literally appears in the film, providing his uncensored opinions and commentary. Quotes from magazine and newspaper interviews are his narrative voice. So when Supermodel, Janice Dickinson, claims to be the inspiration for "Superfreak," we'll give you Rick's take on what really happened that night at Studio 54. "Cocaine is a hell of a drug!" This is an autobiographical chronicle from the grave.
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Deeper Still
AlbumMay 15, 2007

Deeper Still

Deeper Still released.
2006
The Definitive Collection
AlbumMar 14, 2006

The Definitive Collection

The Definitive Collection released.
2005
Rick James Forever
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AlbumAug 16, 2005

Rick James Forever

Rick James Forever released.
Gold
AlbumMar 1, 2005

Gold

Gold released.
2004
Rick James
PersonalAugust 2004

Rick James

Rick James passed away.
2003
I Love the '70s
TV ShowAug 18, 2003

I Love the '70s

I Love the '70s is a decade nostalgia television mini …
I Love the '70s is a decade nostalgia television mini-series and the second installment of the I Love the... series produced by VH1. The series is based on a BBC series of the same name. It examines the pop culture of the 1970s, using footage from the era, along with "Where Are They Now?" interviews with celebrities from the decade. Additionally, the show features comedians poking fun at the kitschiness of what was popular. The first episode of the series, I Love 1970, premiered on August 18, 2003, through the final episode of the series, I Love 1979, premiered on August 22, 2003. A sequel, I Love the '70s: Volume 2, appeared in the United States on VH1 beginning on July 10, 2006.
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Chappelle's Show
TV ShowJan 22, 2003

Chappelle's Show

Chappelle's Show is an American sketch comedy television …
Chappelle's Show is an American sketch comedy television series created by comedians Dave Chappelle and Neal Brennan, with Chappelle hosting the show and starring in the majority of its sketches. Chappelle, Brennan, and Michele Armour were the show's executive producers. The series premiered on January 22, 2003, on the American cable television network Comedy Central. The show ran for two complete seasons and a third, truncated season (dubbed "The Lost Episodes").
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The Surreal Life
TV ShowJan 9, 2003

The Surreal Life

The Surreal Life is an American reality television series that …
The Surreal Life is an American reality television series that records a group of celebrities as they live together in Glen Campbell's former mansion in the Hollywood Hills for two weeks. The format of the show resembles that of The Real World and Road Rules, in that the cameras not only record the castmates' participation in group activities assigned to them, but also their interpersonal relationships and conflicts. The series is also likened to The Challenge in that previously known individuals from separate origins of entertainment are brought together into one cast. The show's first two seasons aired on The WB, and subsequent seasons were shown on VH1.
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2002
Anthology
AlbumJun 18, 2002

Anthology

Anthology released.
2000
Greatest Hits [Universal International]
AlbumJun 27, 2000

Greatest Hits [Universal International]

Greatest Hits [Universal International] released.
20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Rick James
AlbumMay 16, 2000

20th Century Masters: The Millennium C…

20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The …
20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Rick James released.
1999
Independent Lens
TV ShowAug 9, 1999

Independent Lens

Independent Lens is a weekly television series airing on …
Independent Lens is a weekly television series airing on PBS presenting documentary films made by independent filmmakers. Past seasons of Independent Lens were presented by hosts Angela Bassett, Don Cheadle, Susan Sarandon, Edie Falco, Terrence Howard, Maggie Gyllenhaal, America Ferrera, Mary-Louise Parker, and Stanley Tucci, who served two stints as host from 2012-2014.
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Life
MovieApr 13, 1999

Life

In 1932, two strangers are wrongfully convicted and …
In 1932, two strangers are wrongfully convicted and develop a strong friendship in prison that lasts them through the 20th century.
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1998
Getting Personal
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TV ShowApr 6, 1998

Getting Personal

Getting Personal was an American sitcom starring Vivica A. Fox …
Getting Personal was an American sitcom starring Vivica A. Fox as the new Creative Director of Chicago-based advertisement company, and the boss of a guy she knew from a bad date, played by ...
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1997
Tanya Hijazi
MarriageDecember 1997

Tanya Hijazi

Tanya Hijazi is known for her work on The Unseen (2005), I'm …
Tanya Hijazi is known for her work on The Unseen (2005), I'm Rick James (2009) and Unsung (2008). She was previously married to Rick James.
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Urban Rapsody
AlbumOct 14, 1997

Urban Rapsody

Urban Rapsody is the final album released by American funk …
Urban Rapsody is the final album released by American funk singer Rick James before his death. It was released through Mercury Records and Private-I Records in 1997. The album combines rap and funk. Urban Rapsody received both a Parental Advisory sticker, James' only album with it, and mixed reviews. It was his first release since 1988's Wonderful, due to substance abuse problems and an extended period of incarceration.
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Behind the Music
TV ShowAug 17, 1997

Behind the Music

Behind the Music is a documentary television series on VH1. …
Behind the Music is a documentary television series on VH1. Each episode profiles and interviews a popular musical artist or group. The program examines the beginning of their career, their road to success and the hardships they may have encountered.
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South Park
TV ShowAug 13, 1997

South Park

South Park is an American animated sitcom created by …
South Park is an American animated sitcom created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone and developed by Brian Graden for the Comedy Central television network. The series revolves around four boys—Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflovski, Eric Cartman, and Kenny McCormick—and their exploits in and around the titular Colorado town. The show became infamous for its profanity and dark, surreal humor that satirizes a wide range of topics towards a mature audience.
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The Ultimate Collection
AlbumMar 25, 1997

The Ultimate Collection

The Ultimate Collection released.
1996
E! True Hollywood Story
TV ShowMar 1, 1996

E! True Hollywood Story

E! True Hollywood Story is …
E! True Hollywood Story is an American television documentary series on E! that deals with Hollywood celebrities, movies, TV shows, and well-known public figures. Topics covered on the program include salacious re-tellings of Hollywood secrets, show-biz scandals, celebrity murders and mysteries, porn-star biographies and "where-are-they-now?" investigations of former child stars. It frequently features in-depth interviews, actual courtroom footage and dramatic reenactments. Content is usually updated to reflect the current life or status of the subject.
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1994
Bustin' Out: The Best of Rick James
AlbumMay 17, 1994

Bustin' Out: The Best of Rick James

Bustin' Out: The Best of Rick James released.
1993
Tazman James
Child1993

Tazman James

Tazman James born.
1992
Double Trouble
AlbumJan 1, 1992

Double Trouble

Double Trouble released.
1991
Rick & Friends
AlbumDec 12, 1991

Rick & Friends

Rick & Friends released.
1990
Award1990

Best R&B Song

Won award for "U Can't Touch This".
Grammy Award
Nomination1990

Best R&B Song

Nominated for "U Can't Touch This".
Grammy Award
1988
Wonderful
AlbumJan 1, 1988

Wonderful

Wonderful is a 1988 Rick James album. It was released on …
Wonderful is a 1988 Rick James album. It was released on the Reprise Records label. The album includes the hit song "Loosey's Rap", which topped the US R&B Charts for one week in August, 1988.
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1986
The Flag
AlbumJan 1, 1986

The Flag

The Flag is a 1986 Rick James album. It was his last album …
The Flag is a 1986 Rick James album. It was his last album on the Gordy Records imprint of Motown Records.
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1985
SongJan 1, 1985

Glow
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Glow
AlbumJan 1, 1985

Glow

Glow is a 1985 Rick James album, released on the Gordy …
Glow is a 1985 Rick James album, released on the Gordy Records imprint of Motown Records. Despite its success, to date, it is the only Rick James album not available on compact disc.
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1984
The New Show
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TV ShowJan 6, 1984

The New Show

The New Show is an NBC sketch comedy show produced by …
The New Show is an NBC sketch comedy show produced by Lorne Michaels, which ran for one season from January 6 to March 23, 1984. Apart from being 60 minutes in length and entirely pre-recorded, the show is similar in format to Michaels' own Saturday Night Live. It was the lowest-rated of 94 programs that aired during the 1983–84 television season, averaging a 7.81 household rating. It was scheduled opposite Matt Houston and Falcon Crest.
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Nomination1984

Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist

Nominated for American …
Nominated for American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist.
American Music Award
Favorite Soul/R&B Song
Nomination1984

Favorite Soul/R&B Song

Nominated for "Cold Blooded".
American Music Award
1983
Live...And In Person
TV ShowSep 27, 1983

Live...And In Person

Live... And in Person is a 1983 TV series.
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Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever
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MovieMay 16, 1983

Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever

Motown 25: Yesterday, …
Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever is a 1983 television special, produced by Suzanne de Passe for Motown Records, to commemorate Motown's 25th year. The program was taped before a live studio audience at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California on March 25, 1983, and broadcast on NBC on May 16. Among its highlights were Michael Jackson's performance of "Billie Jean", Smokey Robinson's long awaited reunion with The Miracles, a Temptations / Four Tops "battle of the bands", Marvin Gaye's inspired speech about black music history and his memorable performance of "What's Going On", a Jackson 5 reunion, and an abbreviated reunion of Diana Ross & the Supremes, who performed their final #1 hit, "Someday We'll Be Together" from 1969. The show was co-written by de Passe with Ruth Adkins Robinson who would go on to write shows with de Passe for the next 25 years, including the follow-up label tributes—through "Motown 40," Buz Kohan was the head writer.
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Nomination1983

Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist

Nominated for American …
Nominated for American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist.
American Music Award
SongJan 1, 1983

Ebony Eyes
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SongJan 1, 1983

Cold Blooded
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Cold Blooded
AlbumJan 1, 1983

Cold Blooded

Cold Blooded is a 1983 Rick James album, released on the …
Cold Blooded is a 1983 Rick James album, released on the Gordy Records imprint of Motown Records. The title track was written with actress Linda Blair in mind, whom Rick was dating at the time.
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Favorite Soul/R&B Album
Nomination1983

Favorite Soul/R&B Album

Nominated for "Throwin' Down".
American Music Award
1982
Late Night with David Letterman
TV ShowFeb 1, 1982

Late Night with David Letterman

Late Night with David …
Late Night with David Letterman is an American late-night talk show hosted by David Letterman. It premiered on NBC on February 1, 1982, and concluded on June 25, 1993. Letterman began hosting Late Show with David Letterman on CBS in August 1993. The series has since been reformatted as Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Late Night with Seth Meyers.
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SongJan 1, 1982

Dance Wit' Me
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Favorite Soul/R&B Album
Award1982

Favorite Soul/R&B Album

Won award for "Street Songs".
American Music Award
Throwin' Down
AlbumJan 1, 1982

Throwin' Down

Throwin' Down is a Rick James album from 1982. It was …
Throwin' Down is a Rick James album from 1982. It was released on the Gordy Records imprint of Motown Records. Although not as popular as Street Songs, Throwin' Down saw another RIAA certified gold album from James. With appearances by The Temptations, Teena Marie and Jefferson Airplane/Starship lead vocalist Grace Slick, the record was nominated for an American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Album.
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Nomination1982

Favorite Soul/R&B Song

Nominated for "Give It to Me Baby".
American Music Award
Nomination1982

Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist

Nominated for American …
Nominated for American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist.
American Music Award
Favorite Soul/R&B Album
Nomination1982

Favorite Soul/R&B Album

Nominated for "Street Songs".
American Music Award
Blow
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AlbumJan 1, 1982

Blow

Blow released.
1981
Street Songs
AlbumApr 7, 1981

Street Songs

Street Songs is the fifth album by American musician Rick …
Street Songs is the fifth album by American musician Rick James, released in April 1981 via Gordy Records. "Give It to Me Baby", the lead song and single from the album, became James' second number one single on the R&B chart. It spent five weeks at the top spot. The fifth song on the album, "Super Freak", was also one of James' biggest hits. A Deluxe Edition was released in 2001 containing an additional 17 mixes and live versions of the album tracks. Although the song "Fire and Desire" (a duet he performed with singer Teena Marie) was not originally released as a single, the song itself received much airplay on R&B radio stations and has since become a classic hit (James and Marie would reunite to perform the song at the 2004 BET Awards a few months before James' death).
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Best Male R&B Vocal Performance
Nomination1981

Best Male R&B Vocal Performance

Nominated for "Street Songs".
Grammy Award
Best Male Rock Vocal Performance
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Nomination1981

Best Male Rock Vocal Performance

Nominated for "Super Freak".
Grammy Award
SongJan 1, 1981

Ghetto Life
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1980
Nomination1980

Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist

Nominated for American …
Nominated for American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist.
American Music Award
Garden of Love
AlbumJan 1, 1980

Garden of Love

Garden of Love is Rick James' fourth album on Motown sub …
Garden of Love is Rick James' fourth album on Motown sub-label Gordy.
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1979
Bustin' Out of L Seven
AlbumJan 1, 1979

Bustin' Out of L Seven

Bustin' Out of L Seven is …
Bustin' Out of L Seven is Rick James' second album on Motown sub-label Gordy Records. Included on the album is the top ten R&B hit, "Bustin' Out (On Funk)". This album was issued on CD in Germany and has become very rare and highly sought after by Rick James fans.
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Fire It Up
AlbumJan 1, 1979

Fire It Up

Fire It Up is the third album by American musician Rick …
Fire It Up is the third album by American musician Rick James, released on October 16, 1979, on the Motown sub-label Gordy Records. This album was certified gold by the RIAA, and between 1978 and 1982 was a period where Rick James established himself as the historical bridge between P-Funk and Prince. Fire It Up was released on CD for the first time in 2010, by Universal Records. This item soon went out of print and has become a much sought after and very rare item for fans of Rick James and funk in general.
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Nomination1979

Most Promising Male Vocalist Of The Year

Nominated for Juno Award …
Nominated for Juno Award For Most Promising Male Vocalist Of The Year.
Juno Award
1978
Come Get It!
AlbumApr 20, 1978

Come Get It!

Come Get It! is Rick James and the Stone City Band's debut …
Come Get It! is Rick James and the Stone City Band's debut album on Motown sub-label Gordy Records. It was released in April 1978. The singles, "You and I" and "Mary Jane" pushed Come Get It! to gold status.
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1975
Saturday Night Live
TV ShowOct 11, 1975

Saturday Night Live

Saturday Night Live (SNL) is an American late-night live …
Saturday Night Live (SNL) is an American late-night live television variety show created by Lorne Michaels and developed by Dick Ebersol. The show premiered on NBC on October 11, 1975, under the original title NBC's Saturday Night. The show's comedy sketches, which often parody contemporary culture and politics, are performed by a large and varying cast of repertory and newer cast members. Each episode is hosted by a celebrity guest, who usually delivers the opening monologue and performs in sketches with the cast as with featured performances by a musical guest. An episode normally begins with a cold open sketch that ends with someone breaking character and proclaiming, "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!", properly beginning the show.
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1973
Don Kirshner's Rock Concert
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TV ShowSep 27, 1973

Don Kirshner's Rock Concert

Don Kirshner's Rock Concert …
Don Kirshner's Rock Concert was an American television music variety show that ran during the 1970s and early 1980s, created and produced by Don Kirshner and syndicated to television stations, initially through Viacom Enterprises, and later through Syndicast. It premiered on September 27, 1973, with a performance by The Rolling Stones; its last episode was in 1981.
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The Midnight Special
TV ShowFeb 2, 1973

The Midnight Special

The Midnight Special is an American late-night musical …
The Midnight Special is an American late-night musical variety series originally broadcast on NBC during the 1970s and early 1980s, created and produced by Burt Sugarman. It premiered as a special on August 19, 1972, then began its run as a regular series on February 2, 1973; its last episode was on May 1, 1981. The 90-minute program followed the Friday night edition of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.
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1971
Soul Train
TV ShowOct 2, 1971

Soul Train

Soul Train is an American music-dance television program …
Soul Train is an American music-dance television program which aired in syndication from October 2, 1971, to March 27, 2006. In its 35-year history, the show primarily featured performances by R&B, soul, dance/pop, and hip hop artists, although funk, jazz, disco, and gospel artists also appeared. The series was created by Don Cornelius, who also served as its first host and executive producer.
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1962
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
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TV ShowOct 1, 1962

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

The Tonight Show Starring …
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson is an American talk show hosted by Johnny Carson under the Tonight Show franchise that aired on NBC from October 1, 1962 through May 22, 1992. It originally aired during late-night. For its first decade, Johnny Carson's The Tonight Show was based at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York City, with some episodes recorded at NBC's West Coast studios in Burbank, California; on May 1, 1972, the show moved to Burbank as its main venue and remained there exclusively after May 1973 until Carson's retirement. In 2002, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson was ranked No. 12 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time, and in 2013 it was ranked No. 22 on their list of 60 Best Series.
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1948
Rick James
BirthFebruary 1948

Rick James

Rick James was born.
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