April 13, 2005 |
A City Council candidate in Hattiesburg, Miss., says that having the same name as the late funk legend Rick James is no laughing matter: His campaign signs have been stolen or defaced because of a popular sketch on Comedy Central's "Chappelle's Show." "It's gotten so bad, I can put out a sign and the next day, sometimes the same day, it will be gone," the 53-year-old political hopeful said.
December 29, 2004 |
Talk about your up and down years. The emotional pendulum swung sharply both ways in 2004 for Teena Marie, the R&B singer best known for such funky '80s hits as "Lovergirl" and "I Need Your Lovin'." Things went up for the veteran artist in May when she put out her first collection of new material in a decade, "La Dona."
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September 17, 2004 |
The death of musician Rick James on Aug. 6 was due to a heart attack, possibly contributed to by at least nine drugs in his system, including methamphetamine and cocaine, the Los Angeles County coroner's office reported Thursday. Xanax, Valium, Wellbutrin, Celexa, Vicodin, Digoxin and Chlorpheniramine also were found in toxicology tests, according to David Campbell of the coroner's office. None of the drugs were at lethal levels "in and of themselves," Campbell said.
August 15, 2004 |
Grammy Award-winning funk singer Rick James was laid to rest in his hometown of Buffalo, where 6,000 people paid their final respects. "This Buffalo project boy was like a phoenix rising from ashes to the pinnacle of America's musical world," said his cousin, former Ohio Rep. Louis Stokes.
August 10, 2004 |
An autopsy performed over the weekend on "Super Freak" singer Rick James failed to establish the cause of his death, a Los Angeles County coroner's spokesman said Monday. The autopsy found no sign of foul play but "no obvious sign" of what caused the 56-year-old funk music pioneer's death, coroner's spokesman David Campbell said. Toxicology tests, expected within 10 weeks, could provide a clearer picture, he said. James, a diabetic, had a pacemaker.
August 10, 2004 |
Though he has gone (of apparent natural causes, said Los Angeles police, after a caretaker found him dead in his Universal City home Friday morning), the singer Rick James will always be with us: at class reunions, bar mitzvahs, wedding receptions. He will sing eternally the 1981 R&B dance hit that made him: "Super Freak," a wonderful song about a nymphomaniac backstage groupie who is waiting in Room 714 of a hotel somewhere, "with incense, wine and candles -- it's such a freaky scene."