A famous singer, instrumentalist and song writer, how rich was Rick James? Sources estimate that the total net worth of Rick James was $35 million dollars, mostly accumulated during his career as a singer, and also from the songs and albums he produced, spanning almost 40 years.
James had to struggle throughout his childhood; his father left when he was only ten, his mother would dance and later run errands for a local mafia, taking James along with her for collections in the pubs and bars, and that’s where he heard singers like Etta James perform and became interested in singing. He stated in his biography that he lost his virginity at the very young age of nine, and thus attained a kinky attitude from childhood, using drugs and being arrested for burglary.
Rick James Net Worth $35 Million
In order to escape the draft, he joined US Navy at a very young age of 14-15 by lying about his age. During this time he started performing as a drummer with a local band, but when he missed his monthly sessions at USS Enterprise he was ordered to Vietnam. He fled to Toronto, where he collaborated with up-and-coming musicians including Joni Mitchell and Neil Young using the alias “Rick James Mathews”, and during this time forming the band “The Mynah Birds”, producing soul, funk and rock music. This was the real start to his net worth.
He then moved to Detroit, where he met Stevie Wonder, his musical hero; who persuaded him to shorten his name to Rick James. Later Rick was arrested by the US Navy after his location and identity was revealed by the financial backer of his group following a disagreement. He spent one year in prison and after release went to California and continued his musical career. His musical work includes “Come Get it”, “Garden of Love”, “Fire it Up”, “Cold Blooded” and “Urban Rhapsody”. All his songs and albums are a reason for his huge net worth.
In his personal life, Rick James was first married to Syville Morgan and they had a son and a daughter. In 1966 he married Tanya Hijazi after the pair served a jail term for assault, and they had a son, but divorced in 2002. He had an ongoing friendship with actor/commedian Eddie Murphy, but Rick had drug abuse problems almost all of his life, being addicted to cocaine and heroin. He was found dead in his Los Angeles house in August, 2004, the reason for his death being pulmonary failure along with cardiac attack.
|Full Name||Rick James|
|Net Worth||$35 million|
|Date Of Birth||February 1, 1948|
|Died||August 6, 2004, Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Profession||Record producer, Bandleader, Author, Actor, Dancer, Composer, Singer, Songwriter, Super Freak, Give It to Me Baby, Mary Jane|
|Education||Bennett High School|
|Children||Ty James, Tazman James, Trey Hardesty James, Rick James, Jr., Super Freak, Give It to Me Baby, Mary Jane|
|Parents||James Ambrose Johnson, Sr., Mabel Gladden, Super Freak, Give It to Me Baby, Mary Jane|
|Awards||Grammy Award for Best R&B Song, American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Album, Super Freak, Give It to Me Baby, Mary Jane|
|Music Groups||The Mynah Birds|
|Nominations||Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance, Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance, American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist, American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Single, Juno Award for Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year, Super Freak, Give It to Me Baby, Ma…|
|Movies||Life, 20th Century Masters: The Best of Rick James, Rick James: Super Freak Live 1982|
|1||[on his appearance on Chappelle’s Show (2003)] I love Dave (Dave Chappelle). I think he’s brought something to comedy that people haven’t seen before. He’s a beautiful human being, and Charlie Murphy (Charlie Murphy) is a very dear friend. Everywhere I go, white folks, black folks, green folks, I hear “I’m Rick James, bitch!” I don’t really think David did it purposely. I take that back. He probably did.|
|2||(about Charlie Murphy) “But you know, he was hanging out with the big dogs, you know, Charlie didn’t know he was doing crazy things, and I had to straighten him out. Sometimes I had to upside his head.”|
|3||“I had always been a free spirit, and always gotten what I wanted.” (in 1998 interview with the New York Times)|
|1||Brother of Camille Hudson, and Carmen Sims.|
|2||Father of Ty James.|
|3||Biography in: “The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives”. Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 273-274. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007.|
|4||Nephew of Melvin Franklin.|
|5||He was the lead vocalist for the Toronto-based R&B/Soul group The Mynah Birds in the mid-1960s. They were signed to Motown’s V.I.P. label. “It’s My Time,” which was slated to be The Mynah Bird’s first single in 1966, was co-written by James and the band’s lead guitarist, a then unknown Neil Young. Also a member of the band was Bruce Palmer. However, when Motown executives learned that James was AWOL from the U.S. Naval Reserves, the single was shelved. Young and Palmer would go on to form Buffalo Springfield.|
|6||Sued rapper M.C. Hammer in 1990 for unauthorized use of music samples of his song “Superfreak” in Hammer’s hit song “U Can’t Touch This”. The case was settled out of court, and along with another songwriter who wrote “Superfreak”, he received songwriting credits on “U Can’t Touch This”.|
|7||His uncle was a member of the legendary soul group, The Temptations. He worked as a producer and writer on their 1982 “Reunion” album.|
|8||He has two illegitimate children born in the ’70s.|
|9||Son, Tazman, born |
|10||He and Tanya Hijazi lived together from 1986 till their marriage. They have a son, Tazman James, born in 1992.|
|11||Both he and Tanya Hijazi were convicted of assault of two women. He served 2 years. She served 15 months. |
|12||Suffers a stroke after completing a two-hour show in Denver’s Mammoth Events Center. [November 1998]|