Rick James
Rick James
Celebrated Name: Rick James
Real Name/Full Name: James Ambrose Johnson, Jr.
Gender: Male
Age at the time of death: 56 years old
Birth Date: 1 February 1948
Date of Death: 6 August 2004
Birth Place: Buffalo, New York, United States
Nationality: American
Height: 1.81 m
Weight: ‎82 kg
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Divorced
Wife/Spouse (Name): Tanya Hijazi (m. 1997–2002), Kelly Misener (m. 1974–1979)
Children: Yes (Trey Hardesty James, Tazman James, Rick James, Jr., Ty James)
Profession: American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer
Net Worth in 2024: $35 million
Last Updated: July 2024

Rick James (birth name: James Ambrose Johnson) was an American based musician as well as a composer who is best recognized for recording his best-selling album to date entitled Street Songs, which, similar to preceding four albums, was essentially concept album.

Maybe you know about Rick James very well But do you know how old was he at the time of his death and what is his net worth in 2024? If you do not know, We have prepared this article about details of Rick James’s short biography-wiki, career, professional life, personal life, today’s net worth, age, height, weight, and more facts. Well, if you’re ready, let’s start.

Early Life

Rick James was born in the year 1948 to Mabel and James Ambrose Johnson Sr. His birthplace was Buffalo, situated inside New York. He passed away in the year 2004. He has seven siblings.

His father, known as an autoworker, abandoned his family while James was age 10. Also, his mother worked as a dancer in Katherine Dunham and afterward operated numbers for the Mafia in order to earn.

Discussing his education, he appeared in Orchard Park High School as well as Bennett High School before leaving it. He got presented to drugs from initial age, and, being a young teenager, and he was smashed for burglary.

Because of his periods served in jail for robbery, he has made an entry in the United States Navy around the age of 14-15, deceitful his age, to stay away from the draft. Meanwhile, he too turned as the drummer for locally running jazz groups inside New York.

Age, Height, and Weight

Being born on 1 February 1948, Rick James was 56 years old at the time of his death. His height was 1.81 m tall and weight ‎82 kg.


Rick James started off his career in the year 1978 by releasing his debut solo album entitled Come Get It!, and it got covered inside Stone City Band. That album has issued the top 20 hits, “You and I,” the one that transformed as initial number-one R&B hit.

That album, too, encompassed hit single entitled “Mary Jane.” The single ultimately traded two million issues, conveying his musical based career towards stardom, as well as assisting Motown Records when label affluence had declined.

During early 1979, his second album entitled as Bustin’ Out of L Seven, trailed the prior album’s achievement, ultimately vending a million copies. Also, a third album entitled Fire It Up got launched during late 1979, becoming gold.

After the conclusion of rip during the year 1980, he has launched ballads-heavy Garden of Love, and it turned as his fourth gold record. During next year, he has recorded his best-selling type album to date entitled Street Songs. The album identical to his preceding four albums was essentially a concept album.

Being jealous of Prince’s accomplishment being the producer of other performs like The Time and Vanity 6, he essentially issued acts, namely Process and the Doo-Rags, as well as the Mary Jane Girls.

It highlighted his former background singer named Joanne “Jojo” McDuffie in the form of a lead vocalist as well as background musician, getting success by the latter group, because of hits viz. “Candy Man,” “All Night Long,” and “In My House.”

Awards & Achievements

Rick James as well as his co-writer on “Super Freak,” Alonzo Miller, effectively prosecuted Hammer for collective songwriting acclaim as well as all three subsequently attained the year 1990 based Grammy Award in the category of Best R&B Song

Net Worth & Salary of Rick James in 2024

Rick James Net Worth
Rick James Net Worth

As of July 2024, Rick James has an estimated net worth of $35 million. He makes his fortune from being a singer, musician, record producer, songwriter, etc.

He was having this much high net worth of $35 million at the instant of his demise. His musical career perceived modest beginning, in which he has sung on the street for getting tips. However, he ultimately signed one record contract with Columbia.

This musician’s debut solo album entitled Come Gets It! Got issued during the year 1978. After a span of two years, the rapper has issued an album entitled Street Songs. That album became his greatest hit, and appreciation goes to signature songs, namely “Mary Jane” as well as “Super Freak.”

Rick James was the talented and successful musicians, whose identity is his best-selling albums as well as singles throughout his career. He succeeded in focusing well on singing, record producing, songwriting, etc. Apart from his own achievement, he has emerged as an effective songwriter as well as the producer for many artists.


  1. I love this man and his music. I grew up on it. When I was 15 years old I went to my first concert and saw Rick James. He rocked the house!!


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