This evening on “Great Soul Performances” we go back to the “DISCO!” We are going to boogie like it’s the 1970s in our virtual “Studio 54,” where on the dance floor we’ll get it on to the music of “Disco” stars like: The Village People, Tavares, Donna Summer, the Bee Gees, KC & the Sunshine Band, the Trammps, Gloria Gaynor, the Joneses, Sister Sledge, Kool & the Gang and others. The “Disco Ball” will begin to spin at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT. Then it will be time for “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s,” where you’ll hear from: Kurtis Blow, the Spinners, U.S.A. For Africa, Teena Marie, Rick James, Grandmaster Flash, Billy Ocean, Bloodstone, Mtume, Stevie Wonder and more. The 80s music starts at 9PM ET, 8PM CT, 7PM MT and 6PM PT. It’s gonna be a wonderful night of music and dancing later this evening with “Great Soul Performances” and “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” on RadioMaxMusic.Com. See Ya Later ‘Gator!
So, let’s see what I have for you musically on this “Hump Day,” when “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” comes at you later this evening. On the playlist: Shalamar, B.T. Express, Barry White, Gloria Estefan, 8th Day, Earth, Wind & Fire, Rick James, Yarbrough & Peoples, Richard “Dimples” Fields, Chaka Khan and more. It should be good. It happens at 6PM ET, 5PM CT, 4PM MT and 3PM PT. BTW, today is the official start of summer. I’ll be looking for you later at the “Home Of The Hits,” RadioMaxMusic.Com for “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s.” Happy “HUMP DAY!!!”
Well, It’s happened again. Another senseless shooting. This time on a softball field in Alexandria, Virginia. Our prayers go out to the victims, and our thanks and appreciation go out the brave police officers; two of whom were shot, for their rapid response to this tragic event.
Let’s play some music tonight. On “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” we’ll have: Manhattan Transfer, Earth, Wind & Fire, Rick James, Major Harris, B.T. Express, Teddy Pendergrass, 8th Day, Rockie Robbins, Shalamar, the Capris, the Beach Boys with Little Richard and others. It will start at 6PM ET, 5PM CT, 4PM MT & 3PM PT for “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” on RadioMaxMusic.Com.
I hope the game tomorrow night between the Republican and Democratic softball players goes on as scheduled at the Washington Nationals Stadium in D.C. and perhaps some of our divisions as can be healed as a result of this tragic situation. I’ve just heard, the game will go on as planned, and I’ll see ya later ‘gator.
When I see you this evening for “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s,” joining me will be: Rick James, Smokey Robinson, the Masqueraders, Johnny Mathis, Ray Parker Jr., & Raydio, Whitney Houston, the Dells, Patrice Rushen, the Stylistics, Luther Vandross and others. I’ll look for you at 6PM ET, 5PM CT, 4PM MT & 3PM PT for “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” where it’s all good, RadioMaxMusic.Com.
When I see you this evening for “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” I’ll be playing for you music from: The Trammps, Atlantic Starr, Gloria Estefan, the Pointer Sisters, Rick James, U2; a continuing soap opera from Richard “Dimples” Fields along with Betty Wright and Barbara Mason, Major Harris, Sweet James Epps from the Fantastic Four and many others. It begins at 6PM ET, 5PM CT, 4PM MT & 3PM PT on the best music station on the internet RadioMaxMusic
Coming up on “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s,” on the playlist are: Lakeside, Bobby Brown, Third World, Van Halen, Johnny Mathis, Rick James, Roberta Flack, Barry White, Olivia Newton-John, a tribute to Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers by Diana Ross and Process & the Doo Rags, and I’ll give a quick salute to the late Chuck Barris who passed away yesterday. Meet me at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT. “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” straight ahead on the best station on the internet, RadioMaxMusic.Com.
Rick James (born James Ambrose Johnson, Jr. February 1, 1948 – August 6, 2004) was an American musician, composer and actor.
Influenced by singers such as Marvin Gaye and Smokey Robinson, James started singing in doo-wop and R&B groups as a teenager in his hometown of Buffalo, New York. After entering the U.S. Navy to avoid being drafted, he deserted to Toronto, where he formed the rock and R&B band, The Mynah Birds, whose lineup included Bruce Palmer, Neil Young, and Nick St. Nicholas. James’ tenure with the group was interrupted after he was discovered recording a record for Motown Records in 1966. Surrendering to military authorities, he served a one-year prison term. Upon release, James moved to California to resume his career with the Mynah Birds until the group disbanded. James began a series of rock bands in California, and worked for Motown as a songwriter under the alias “Ricky Matthews.”
In 1977, he signed with a Motown imprint, Gordy Records, as a recording artist, releasing his debut, Come Get It!, in April 1978. The album sold over two million copies, and launched his career as a funk and soul artist. His most popular album, 1981’s Street Songs, launched him into superstardom thanks to the hit singles, “Give It to Me Baby” and “Super Freak”, the latter song becoming his signature song, and the basis of MC Hammer’s biggest hit, “U Can’t Touch This.” James eventually sued for back royalties. After being credited as writer of the song, James became the 1991 recipient of a Best R&B Song Grammy for composing the song. Due to this success, James was often called the “king of punk funk”, for his mix of funk, soul and underground-inspired rock music. In addition to his own success, James emerged as a successful songwriter and producer for other artists, such as Teena Marie, The Mary Jane Girls, The Temptations, Eddie Murphy and Smokey Robinson.
A drug addiction hampered his career in the late 1980s. In the 1990s, his legal troubles, including kidnapping and torturing two women while under the influence of crack, led him to serve a three-year sentence at California’s Folsom State Prison. James was released on parole in 1996, and resumed his musical career releasing the album, Urban Rapsody, in 1997. A mild stroke suffered during a concert in early 1998 interrupted his career for a brief time. James received new notoriety in 2004, when he appeared (as himself) in an episode of Chappelle’s Show, in a Charlie Murphy “True Hollywood Stories” segment that satirized James’ wild lifestyle. James died later that year from heart failure at age 56.
On the morning of August 6, 2004, James’ caretaker found him dead in James’ Los Angeles home at the Oakwood Toluca Hills apartment complex, just outside Burbank. He had died from pulmonary failure and cardiac failure, associated with his various health conditions of diabetes, a stroke, pacemaker, and heart attack. His autopsy found alprazolam, diazepam, bupropion, citalopram, hydrocodone, digoxin, chlorpheniramine, methamphetamine, and cocaine in his blood. However, the coroner stated that “none of the drugs or drug combinations were found to be at levels that were life-threatening in and of themselves”.
James was buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo, New York. His two-ton, jet black headstone is engraved with the following lyrics to an unreleased song: “I’ve had it all, I’ve done it all, I’ve seen it all. It’s all about love – God is love – Wikipedia