Rick James

American singer (1948–2004)

James Ambrose Johnson Jr. (1 February 1948 - 6 August 2004) also known as Rick James, was an American singer, songwriter, recording artist and producer. He was very popular during the late 1970s and 1980s, scoring four number one hits on the US R&B charts. He was born in Buffalo, New York.



In 1978 James released his first single "You and I". He produced Eddie Murphy's 1985 single "Party All the Time". In 1990 he sued MC Hammer.

Personal life


In 1991 James was arrested with his girlfriend for kidnapping a woman. He made her have sex with his girlfriend. In 1994 he was sentenced to five years and four months in prison.[1] He was released in 1996.[2]


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  2. "Rick James Tortures People | Celebrity Gossip + Entertainment News | VH1 Celebrity". Archived from the original on 2014-03-28. Retrieved 2014-01-22.