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Rick James

  • He was given the unofficial title "The King of Punk-Funk".
  • His hit single "Mary Jane" reached #3 on the U.S. R&B Chart.
  • He suffered a stroke after completing a two-hour show in Denver's Mammoth Events Center.
  • He had two stage names: Ricky Matthews and Terry Johnson.
  • He joined the navy when he was fifteen.
  • His hit single "Cold Blooded" reached #1 on the U.S. R&B Chart.
  • He was the lead vocalist for the R&B/Soul group The Mynah Birds.
  • His trademark was his cornrow braids.
  • He has three children: Tazman, Ty and Rick James, Jr.
  • He left Motown Records in 1986 after creative differences.
  • Teena Marie was his protege.
  • His song "Ghetto Life" appears in popular video game "Grand Theft Auto: Vice City" on the in-game radio station "Fever 105".
  • He produced Eddie Murphy's one-hit wonder "Party All the Time".
  • He was the nephew of Melvin Franklin, a member of the legendary R&B group The Temptations.
  • He was a diabetic.

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