Tag: Rick James

Friday 10am ET: Feature Artist – Rick James

James Ambrose Johnson Jr. (February 1, 1948 – August 6, 2004), better known by his stage name Rick James, was an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer. Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, James began his musical career in his teen years. He was in various bands before entering the U.S. Navy and to avoid being drafted in 1964, James deserted to Toronto, Canada, where he formed the rock band the Mynah Birds, who eventually signed a recording deal with Motown Records in 1966. James’ career with the group halted after military authorities discovered his whereabouts and eventually convicted James to a one-year prison term related to the draft charges. After being released, James moved to California where he started a variety of rock and funk groups in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

After forming the locally popular Stone City Band in his hometown of Buffalo in 1977, James finally found success as a recording artist after signing with Motown’s Gordy Records, releasing the album Come Get It! in 1978 which produced the hits “You & I” and “Mary Jane.” In 1981, James released his most successful album, Street Songs, which included career-defining hits such as “Give It to Me Baby” and “Super Freak,” the latter song becoming his biggest crossover single, mixing elements of funk, disco, rock and new wave. James was also known for his soulful ballads such as “Fire & Desire” and “Ebony Eyes.” In addition, James also had a successful career as a songwriter and producer for other artists including Teena Marie, the Mary Jane Girls, the Temptations, Eddie Murphy and Smokey Robinson.

On the morning of August 6, 2004, James’ caretaker found him dead in his 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.

Saturday 7pm / Sunday 5pm ET: Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay

As we continue with our holiday week, I sincerely hope you’re enjoying Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa. This evening on “Great Soul Performances” and “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” we get ready for the new year and the new decade, with our annual “New Year’s Eve” shows.

We’ve got party tunes, New Year’s Eve tunes and some left over Christmas songs. On “G.S.P.” we’ll hear from: Earth, Wind & Fire, Sonny Til & the Orioles, Ray Charles & Betty Carter, the Shells, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Luther Vandross & Darlene Love, the Manhattans. Toni Braxton, Take 6, Brian McKnight, John Legend and my former co-worker; New York’s Morning Mayor from WMCA, WABC, and WCBS-FM, Harry Harrison, and several others.

The party begins at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT. Then beginning at 9PM ET, 8PM CT, 7PM MT & 6PM PT, it’s “G.S.P. 2,” where the party music will be coming from: Prince & the Revolution, the Temptations, Rick James, Tina Turner, the Salsoul Orchestra, Jimmy Beaumont & the Skyliners, Margo Sylvia & the Tune Weavers, the New Kids On The Block, Marvin Sease, Harry Connick, Jr. and more. I’ll be looking for you later this evening for “Great Soul Performances” and “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s,” and don’t forget, encore performances happens tomorrow Sunday at 5PM eastern Time. It all happens on the best music station on the internet, RadioMaxMusic.Com.

Saturday 7pm: Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay

We are wrapping up Christmas week, and heading into the new year of 2019 this evening on “Great Soul Performances,” with leftover Christmas songs and other songs of the season, with our “New Year’s Eve” show where you’ll hear from: Lou Rawls, Charles Brown, the Manhattan Transfer, Nat “King” Cole, the Manhattans, Aretha Franklin, Earth, Wind & Fire, Chuck Jackson, Aaron Neville, the Shirelles, the Glows (aka Joel & the Dymensions featuring Joel Katz, Eugene Pitt and yours truly), the Heartbeats, Darlene Love, Sonny Til & the Orioles, Bobby Darin and so much more. It starts at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT.

The holiday festivities continue at 9PM ET, 8PM CT, 7PM MT & 6PM PT with “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” where on the playlist are: Ray Charles, the Temptations, El DeBarge, the Tune Weavers, Rick James, Jimmy Beaumont & the Skyliners, Buster Poindexter, the Whispers, Gladys Knight & the Pips, the Pointer Sisters, Bono & U2, Ray Parker, Jr., Gerald Alston, Chaka Khan, Al Green, Prince; live in concert and several others.

Don’t forget, if you miss these shows, or want to hear them again, they will be rerun tomorrow Sunday at 5PM eastern time, following the next segment of the “Disco Top 700 Countdown” at 3PM ET. Our last weekend of 2018 will be a fun one with “Great Soul Performances” and “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” on the “Home of the Hits” RadioMaxMusic.Com. Happy New Year!

Saturday 7pm: Great Soul Performances I and II with Bobby Jay

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!

Wednesday 6pm: Great Soul Performances II with Bobby Jay

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!!!”

Wednesday 6pm: Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s with Bobby Jay

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.

Wednesday 6pm: Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s with Bobby Jay

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.

Wednesday 6pm: Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s with Bobby Jay

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

Wednesday 7pm: Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s with Bobby Jay

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.

Wednesday 7pm: Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s with Bobby Jay

gsp2Today is Wednesday (HUMP DAY!) where this evening “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” comes your way and you will hear: The Isley Brothers, De La Soul, Major Harris, the Pointer Sisters, the Clash, Rick James, Prince, Rufus & Chaka Khan, Barry White, Luther Vandross, Dickie Goodman and many others. It happens at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT. Happy “Hump Day” and I’ll see you later at the home of the Greatest Hits of the 60s, 70s, and 80s, RadioMaxMusic.Com.

Wednesday 7pm: Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s Remakes with Bobby Jay

gsp2On “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” this evening, we’ll be doing something different. “1980s Remakes.” I think you’ll be surprised to discover how many great songs were re-made (or covered if you’d prefer) in the 1980s. I’m talking about songs from the 1950s, the 1960s and the 1970s were re-tooled and got musical makeovers during the decade of the 1980s, and I’ve got them for you tonight. Artists bringing ’em back include: Chaka Khan, Manhattan Transfer, New Edition with Little Anthony Gourdine, Johnny Mathis, Rick James, the Pointer Sisters, Howard Hewett, Deniece Williams, KC & the Sunshine Band, the Blues Brothers, Joyce Sims with Jimmy Castor and others. I think you’re gonna love this. The fun starts at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT. The 1980s was a very diverse musical decade indeed, and you’ll hear why when you join me for “1980s Remakes” on “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” at the “Home of the Greatest Hits of the 60s, 70s and 80s,” RadioMaxMusic.Com.

Wednesday 7pm: Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s with Bobby Jay

gsp2This evening on “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” I’ll be playing: Whitney Houston, Rick James, the Pointer Sisters, Bonnie Tyler; featuring my dear friend Rory Dodd, the Manhattans, the Reddings, George Duke, Sir Elton John, Vesta Williams, Barry White, Billy Joel and more. It gets underway at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT. You won’t want to miss it when “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” comes your way on the best station on the internet, RadioMaxMusic.Com.

Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s with Bobby Jay 7pm ET

BobbyJayBobby Jay comes your way at 7PM eastern time with songs by: Manhattan Transfer, Run D.M.C., Barry White, Stars On 45, Diana Ross, the Pointer Sisters, Rick James, the Manhattans, Billy Preston & Syreeta Wright, Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway, A Taste of Honey and more. It starts at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT, with the link to hear it again at: http://radiomaxmusic.com/gsp2listen.html. Check me out in a few at the home for “The Greatest Hits of the 60s, 70s & 80s,” RadioMaxMusic.Com.

Great Soul Performances 7pm ET

gsppicJoin Ron Kovacs filling in for Bobby Jay this week on Great Soul Performances.  Since “TIME” changes took place over the weekend we feature music with “TIME” in the tile from artists:  Rick James, O’Jays, Sam & Dave, Eddie Murphy, Stevie Wonder, Al Green, Box Tops, Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers, Marvin Gaye and many many more. . .   It’s all LIVE 7pm ET on RadioMaxMusic.

Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay 7pm ET

bobbyjaypaintA fresh new show on “Great Soul Performances” for you from the home studio, where you’ll hear: The Dramatics, Rick James, Sly & the Family Stone, the Moments, the Spaniels, Aretha Franklin, the Temptations, Jerry Butler, Natalie Cole, Ralfi Pagan, another segment from my chat with the late Brook Benton, and much more. Also, on Thursday October 15th, I was in attendance at the Gem Theatre in Kannapolis, North Carolina, when Gerald Alston of the Manhattans, Chuck Jackson, Napoleon “Nappy” Brown, the Fantastic Shakers and several others were inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame, therefore, we’ll hear from Chuck Jackson talking about how Jackie Wilson convinced Chuck to leave the Del Vikings and become Jackie’s opening act, plus Chuck will be “live in concert” at the World Famous Apollo Theatre, Gerald Alston with the Manhattans will sing their biggest hit, and the Fantastic Shakers. Will lay some “Beach Music” on us. So you see, there’s going to be a lot going on this evening, and you won’t want to miss a second of it. It kicks of at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT on “Great Soul Performances” here on RadioMaxMusic.Com. I’ll see you later ‘gator!