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This Day in Music History

6 Aug 2004

todayAugust 6, 2022

Background

Rick James was found dead at his Los Angeles home. Known as ‘The King of Punk-Funk’ James scored the 1981 US No.3 album ‘Street Songs’ and 1981 US No.16 single ‘Super Freak part 1’. In the late 60s James worked as a songwriter and producer for Motown, working with Smokey Robinson and The Miracles. Addicted to cocaine, he once admitted to spending $7,000 a week on drugs for five years.

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