Monday, April 24, 2017

Rick James – You And I (Gordy)

Rick James‘s unique style owes much to his experience before even being signed as an artist on Gordy Records back in 1977. He would start singing in Doo-Woop and R&B groups, before embracing fusion under the Mynah Birds banner, along with eventually Neil Young, Bruce Palmer and Nick St. Nicholas, when he migrated to Toronto after having deserted from the U.S. Navy. He would serve a one-year prison term though before moving to California to resume his duties with his group at the time before playing in various Rock bands, which would be for much on the consistency of his grooves and his reputation as the King of Punk Funk!
Taken from his 1978 released ‘Come Get It!’ debut-album, The funky strings/horn led ‘You And I’ is the first in a long list of classics of his including ‘ Give it To Me Baby’, ‘Super Freak’, ‘Dance Wit’ Me’, ‘Cold Blooded’, ’17’ and ‘Glow’.
In addition to his status as a super star and sitting on an incredible repertoire, James also happened to collaborate as a songwriter and producer for other artists such as The Mary Jane Girls who did a lot of backing for him, The Temptations, Teena Marie and Eddie Murphy, among others…
On the morning of Aug. 06, 2004, James‘s caretaker found him dead in his Los Angeles home. He had died from pulmonary and cardiac failure, associated with his various health conditions of diabetes, and a stroke, pacemaker, and heart attack, following a reluctant drug abuse. He was 56…

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