Rick James (born James Ambrose Johnson, Jr; February 1, 1948 - August 6, 2004) was an 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 widely popularized (among caucasians) by actress Bo
Derek. As time went on, James was given the unofficial title The King of Punk-Funk.