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Rick James Biography

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Rick James (born James Ambrose Johnson, Jr; February 1, 1948 – August 6, 2004) was an African American funk and soul musician, who worked as a singer, keyboardist, bassist, record producer, arranger, and composer during his long career.

One of the most popular artists on the Motown label during the late 1970s and early 1980s, James was famous for his wild brand of funk music and his trademark cornrow braids, sporting them well before the style was popularized. As time went on, James was given the unofficial title The King of Punk-Funk.
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