Rick James was born as James Ambrose Johnson, Jr. who is an American musician/composer and singer. He was born on the 1st of February, 1948 and was dead on the August of 2004, at the age of 56. He was born in Buffalo, New York, United States of America as one of the eight children born into a working class family. His father James Ambrose Johnson, Sr. worked as an autoworker whereas his mother Mabel Johnson was one of the dancers who worked under Katharine Dunham. After his father walked out of the family when Rick was just 10, it became hard on her mother who then started to work under Mafias as well as in restaurants and bars, where she’d take Rick along with her. It was there that he could see performers like Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Etta James, and also had his first sex at the age of 10. Although his mother paid for his studies and admitted him in schools like Orchard Park High School and later Bennett High School, he dropped out and got into drugs. He cleverly disguised his identity and got into the U.S Navy to get rid of his problems but started to work as a drummer under a jazz band as well, which got him to trouble in the Navy, and was sent to Vietnam. An American by nationality, Rick belonged to black ethnicity.
Rick was not a very tall person, and his height is about a 181 cm. That was about 5 feet and 11 inches in height, which is a good height for any person. He was a good-looking man, and was called “kinky” looking, by some women. He was known for his long dreadlock hair, his fashion sense and his looks. He was a heavily built man and used to work out in the gym to stay in shape. It was after quitting drugs that he gained weight, but by the time had reached some fame and soon began putting extra weight. He was known for his cunning personality, sarcastic and humorous nature, and was a real fan favorite. When searched about his shirtless pictures in the media, you might come across a couple of his photos in which he has exposed his upper body, although not completely. He didn’t have any tattoos or piercings on his body, but had some health problems, which were getting bad.
Regarding his personal life, it looks like he has had a list of girlfriends in the past, and had been married once as well. He was married to his wife Tanya Hijazi in 1997, but soon got divorced in 2002 because of Rick’s affairs with other women. His dating history began with Vanity around 1980 and he was in a romantic relationship with actress Linda Blair for a year in 1980/ 81. He was also believed to be dating Catherine Bach around the mid-80s and lived together with her for almost 10 years. He was believed to have had affairs with other women, like Ola Ray and Elisabeth Shue in the early part of his career. Before his marriage, he and his wife had three children together, Tazman (son), Rick James (son) and TY James (daughter). With false rumors saying that he is sexually gay, there is no proof or logic in that matter.
Having released a lot of hit songs in his career, Rick had toured around the world and had fans from every nook and corner. He was a very popular man, who often came in controversies, one after another. Dave Chappelle, who ran the Chappelle’s Show, had made a cartoon character of Rick, that used to say “I’m Rick James, bitch!” and became very famous in the US. In order to know more about him, you can read his biography that is available in sites like IMDB and Wikipedia. You can also stay close to his regular updates and activities, by following him in his social site accounts like Twitter and also check his pictures out in his official Instagram page. By 2015, his estimated net worth is about $35 million US dollars. You can also find his interviews on YouTube, and read his quotes in many websites too.