Rick James

Rick James
1948 - 2004
Rick James  American Singer

Rick James dating history


Rick James was previously married to Tanya Hijazi (1997 - 2002).

Rick James was in relationships with Catherine Bach (1984), Vanity (1982), Linda Blair (1982 - 1984), Kellee Patterson, Elisabeth Shue and Ola Ray.

Rick James had encounters with Iman, Teena Marie and Jan Gaye.


American Singer Rick James was born James Ambrose Johnson Jr. on 1st February, 1948 in Buffalo, New York, USA and passed away on 6th Aug 2004 Los Angeles, California, USA aged 56. He is most remembered for his hit songs such as “Super Freak,” “Give it to Me Baby,” and “Mary Jane,” in addition to his popularity due to an extremely popular and referenceable episode of Dave Chappelle's Comedy Central satirical comedy sketch series Chappelle's Show, portraying the mischief he got into with the late comedian, actor, and writer Charlie Murphy. His zodiac sign is Aquarius.

Rick James is a member of the following lists: Culture of Buffalo, New York, American expatriates in Canada and American record producers.


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Relationship Statistics

Married1 12 years, 11 months - -
Dating6 2 years 4 months, 1 day -
Encounter3 - - -
Total10 12 years, 11 months 1 year, 5 months 2 years


First Name Rick
Last Name James
Full Name at Birth James Ambrose Johnson Jr.
Alternative Name The King of Punk Funk, Big Jimmy, Jimmy "The Whale", Ricky James Matthews, Slick Rick, James Ambrose Johnson Jr., Rick James, Ricky Matthews
Age 56 (age at death) years
Birthday 1st February, 1948
Birthplace Buffalo, New York, USA
Died 6th August, 2004
Place of Death Los Angeles, California, USA
Cause of Death Pulmonary failure and cardiac failure, associated with his various health conditions of diabetes, a stroke, pacemaker, and heart attack
Buried Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, Erie County, New York, USA
Height 5' 11¼" (181 cm)
Build Average
Eye Color Brown - Dark
Hair Color Brown - Dark
Zodiac Sign Aquarius
Sexuality Straight
Ethnicity Multiracial
Nationality American
High School Bennett High School, Buffalo, New York, USA
Occupation Text Singer, songwriter, musician, multi-instrumentalist, dancer, bandleader, record producer, arranger
Occupation Singer
Claim to Fame his hit songs such as “Super Freak,” “Give it to Me Baby,” and “Mary Jane,” in addition to his popularity due to an extremely popular and referenceable episode of Dave Chappelle's Comedy Central satirical comedy sketch series Chappelle's Show, portraying the mischief he got into with the late comedian, actor, and writer Charlie Murphy
Music Genre (Text) Rock, P-Funk, Disco, Doo-Wop, Funk, Quiet Storm, Soul, R&B, Funk Rock, Dance-Punk, Funk Rockrock Doo-Wop
Music Genre R&B
Year(s) Active 1964–2004, 1964–1993, 1996-1998, 2004, 1964–1993, 1996–1998, 2004, 1965–1998, 2004, 1965-1990, 1996–2004, 1965–1990, 1996–1998, 2004, 1965–1990, 1996–1998, 2004
Music Style Funk, Urban, Quiet Storm, Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock
Music Mood Party/Celebratory, Carefree, Summery, Sexual, Exuberant, Cheerful, Happy, Joyous, Confident, Sexy, Playful
Instrument Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Instrument (text) Vocals, Bass, Drums, Guitar, Keyboards, Other Percussion Instruments, Bass Guitar, Percussion
Record Label Gordy Records, Reprise Records, Mercury Records, A&M Records, Gordy, Reprise, A&M, Mercury
Associated Acts The Mynah Birds, Stone City Band, Heaven and Earth, Mary Jane Girls, Process and the Doo Rags, Neil Young and Val Young, Eddie Murphy, Teena Marie, Snoop Dogg, Val Young, Teena Marie, Smokey Robinson, Neil Young, Prince, Smokey Robinson
Brand Endorsement TV commercial: Old Navy clothes.
Official Websites www.rickjames.com, www.nndb.com/people/167/000025092/, www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=9276693, http://www.rickjames.com/, http://www.rickjames.com
Friend Grace Jones, Smokey Robinson
Pets Ganga (Dog)

James Ambrose Johnson Jr. (February 1, 1948 – August 6, 2004), 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.S. Navy Reserve to avoid being drafted into the army. In 1964, James deserted to Toronto, Canada, where he formed the rock band the Mynah Birds, who eventually signed a recording deal with Motown Records in 1966. James' career with the group halted after military authorities discovered his whereabouts and eventually convicted and sentenced James to a one-year prison term related to the desertion charges. After being released, James moved to California, where he started a variety of rock and funk groups in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

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Rick James56 AquariusSinger
Tanya Hijazi-Costume Designer
Catherine Bach69 PiscesActress
Vanity57 CapricornSinger
Linda Blair64 AquariusActress
Ola Ray63 VirgoModel (Adult/Glamour)
Teena Marie54 PiscesSinger
Jan Gaye66 CapricornActress
Kellee Patterson-Singer
Elisabeth Shue60 LibraActress
Iman68 LeoModel


NameGenderBornAgeOther Parent
Ty JamesFemaleTanya Hijazi
Rick James JRMaleTanya Hijazi
TazmanMaleTanya Hijazi


Holla2002GuestTV Show
South Park1997Rick JamesTV Show
Rick James: Turn It Out1997Short Film
Rick James: This Magic Moment/Dance with Me1989Rick JamesMusic Video
Rick James: Loosey's Rap1988Rick JamesMusic Video
Rick James: Wonderful1988Rick JamesMusic Video
Rick James Feat. Smokey Robinson: Glow1985Rick JamesMusic Video
The A-Team1983Rick JamesTV Show
Rick James Feat. Smokey Robinson: Ebony Eyes1983Rick JamesMusic Video
The Gavin & Lott Show1983TV Show
Rick James: 69 Times1982Rick JamesMusic Video
Rick James: Hard to Get1982Rick JamesMusic Video
Rick James & The Temptations: Standing on the Top1982Rick JamesMusic Video
Rick James: She Blew My Mind (69 Times)1982Rick JamesMusic Video
Rick James: Throwdown1982Rick JamesMusic Video
Rick James: Super Freak1981Rick JamesMusic Video
Rick James: Give It to Me Baby1981Rick JamesMusic Video
Die Drehscheibe1964SingerTV Show
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Posted commentsView all comments (5)

wjerryzwjerryzJan 5

In his dreams. He better dream again. I don’t believe any of this

wjerryzwjerryzJan 16, 2016

His quoted liaisons are no more then fantasy

LaSeineLaSeineJul 29, 2012

we miss you rick i love your music

jJul 21, 2009

he was married to a black woman. I dont know her name.

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