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jan Gaye: After the Dance: My Life with Marvin Gaye

 

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Gaye, Jan. After the Dance: My Life with Marvin Gaye. Amistad: HarperCollins. May 2015. 224p. ISBN 9780062135513. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062135537. MEMOIR
On her 17th birthday, Janis Hunter met rhythm-and-blues legend Marvin Gaye as he was stumbling out of his first marriage, and despite a 16-year age difference, they launched a too-hot-to-handle affair.

Their own marriage eventually collapsed under the weight of fame, drug abuse, and domestic strife. Here, Jan speaks out for the first time since Marvin was shot and killed by his father in 1984. Reportedly sizzling stuff, with many famed music figures of the day drifting through; with a 50,000-copy first printing.

 

This searing memoir of drugs, sex, and old school R&B from the wife of legendary soul icon Marvin Gaye.

On her seventeenth birthday in 1973, Janice Hunter met Marvin Gaye-the soulful prince of Motown with the seductive liquid voice whose chart-topping, socially conscious albumWhat”s Going Onmade him a superstar two years earlier. Despite a sixteen-year-age difference and Marvin”s marriage to the sister of Berry Gordy, Motown”s founder, the star-struck teenager and the emotionally volatile singer began a scorching relationship.

One moment Jan was studying high school history; the next she was accompanying Marvin to parties with other pop stars, lounging with Don Cornelius on the set ofSoul Train,and helping to discover new talent like Frankie Beverly. But the distractions and burdens of fame, the chaos of dysfunctional families, and the irresistible temptations of drugs overshadowed the love they shared and their marriage disintegrated.

Silent since Marvin”s tragic death in 1984, Jan at last opens up, sharing the moving, erotically charged story of one of music history”s most fabled marriages. Unsparing in its honesty and insight, illustrated with sixteen pages of color and black-and-white photos,After the Dancereveals what it”s like to ride shotgun on a wave of fame and self-destruction with a tortured genius who helped transform popular culture and whose artistry continues to be celebrated today.

 

 

Rick James & Daniel LeMelle

 

 

 

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“When I’m working on a song, I’ll play the drums and guitars and bass and keyboards, then scat the horn parts until they sound right. And my sax man Daniel LeMelle has been with me for 25 years – sometimes he can feel what I’m singing even before I come up with it.” Rick James, MOJO 2002

Rick James: Cocaine Cowboy!

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“I’ve smoked half of Paris and most of Russia. And I’ve shot up Puerto Rico and drank up Mexico,” he told KING Magazine in one of his final interviews. “I [went through] five yachts, three planes, 17 cars, four mansions, any bitch I wanted, and had $30 million in the bank. People were disgusted with how I lived. Let’s talk real. I was a dumb motherfucker.”

Rick & Grace

 

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In case you were wondering what Rick thought: “Now, Donna Summer isn’t a disco artiste – she’s Crisco! She’s oiled all the way so she goes disco, popsco, MORsco.” –Rick James

Rick James:Forrest Gump of popular music!

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As his autobiography, “Glow,” proves, Rick James was a Forrest Gump of popular music.

1964: Helps found an R&B-and-folk band, the Mynah Birds, which eventually includes Neil Young.

1966: Gets his stage name from Stevie Wonder.

Late 1960s: Wakes in Stephen Stills’ apartment to find a bleeding Jim Morrison seated before him.

1969: Misses out on a chance to be in Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young — is given cocaine instead.

Aug. 8, 1969: Because of a hangover, skips a party at Sharon Tate’s house — and avoids being killed by Charles Manson’s followers.

1980: At a dinner party, a guest asks to sketch him on a napkin. It’s Salvador Dalí. James forgets the napkin is in his pocket, goes swimming, and ruins it.

1981: His biggest hits, “Give It to Me Baby” and “Super Freak,” are released. He accuses opening act Prince of ripping off his moves.

1982: Linda Blair of “The Exorcist” calls him “the sexiest man in the world” in an interview. James calls her up, offers to prove it; they have a passionate affair.

1985: Writes and produces a hit single for comedian Eddie Murphy, “Party All the Time.”

1990: “U Can’t Touch This” by MC Hammer uses “Super Freak” as its core, earning James millions in royalties.

2004: Comedian Dave Chappelle makes him famous again, featuring stories of his ’80s antics and the catchphrase, “I’m Rick James, bitch!”

Rick James:American Music

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Rick James won an American Music Award for his album “Street Songs” which was named Favorite Album in the soul category at the ninth annual music awards, January 25, 1982.

Remembering Punk-Funk Maverick Rick James

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One of the last great international stars of the Motown dynasty finally went through his nine lives exactly a decade ago. August 6, 2004 brought news of the death from a heart attack, at the age of only 56, of the super freak himself. Today we’re remembering punk-funk maverick Rick James.

 

An inveterate bad boy who indulged in all of the opportunities his stardom offered him, his private life may have been shadowed by controversy and excess. But ten years after his passing, James’ influence on modern R&B and hip-hop is palpable. It’s also right back in the public eye with last month’s publication of his posthumous autobiography written with David Ritz, ‘Glow.’

Equally tangible is his track record as a musician, both as an artist in his own right, as a producer for the likes of Motown stars he mentored like Teena  Marie and the Mary Jane Girls, and on key records by the temptations ,Eddie Murphy and Smokey Robinson.

It’s no exaggeration to say that James was the engine behind Motown’s commercial and critical upswing of the early ‘80s, and at the peak of his powers, around 1981’s’Street Songs,’ the native of Buffalo, New York was commanding sales of close to four million albums worldwide. It was James himself who coined the term “punk-funk” for his music, which would secure three more gold albums.

He burst onto the scene with the irresistibly funky 1978 hit ‘You And I,’ which would be the first of four R&B No. 1s over the next decade. It was a run that included nine more top ten singles, including the exhilarating 1982 track that in turn revived the fortunes of the Temptations, ‘Standing On The Top.’ Ten years since his passing, we salute the legacy of Rick James

Rick James:Problem Solver

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“You see, we all think we know so much and yet we understand so little. I don’t think there is any hope of us solving our own problems. But individually we can all try.” –Rick James, 1979

(Artwork by Fan Cheryl)

Rick James:Risqué Songs

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“My songs were risqué. Right now its ridiculous…when they use the N word or the B word. I don’t think you have to do that in a song. Plus it reflects too on the young.” – Rick James

Rick James:Making Music

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“By listening to people like Tchaikovsky and Beethoven and Mahler and all these people, you get a feeling for air. White music is oriented from the sky, from an ethereal place. That’s where classical music comes from. Black music is rhythms, drums. So you have the earth and sky. To know the sky, you have to know the earth and to know the earth, you have to know the sky.
So by learning classical and even taking movements, not plagiarizing or stealing them, but just knowing how a movement might go on a funk level or a rock ‘n’ roll level is an important thing. That’s what made the Beatles so great. George Martin’s adaptation of classical feeling onto rock ‘n’ roll revolutionized music.” – Rick James on making great music

 

Rick James: “Fire & Desire”

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According to Rick James: One day, I got a call from Teena Marie’s manager (Winnie Jones). She asked if I wanted to produce Teena. I said “send me some tapes,” so I can hear some more of her voice. After I heard her, I was geeked to produce her. Never in my life had I heard such a range with so much passion in a white voice.I immediately started writing for her. I was also told that this was her last shot. She had spent close to $400,000 recording and still no album. I was amazed at how Motown could spend so much money without getting at least one tune out of it.

Motown really didn’t know what to do with her. Berry had signed her as an actress, and singing was going to be secondary for her.

After I listened to Teena’s voice carefully, writing for her was easy. The songs just seemed to come: Deja Vu, “Don’t Look Back,” and I decided to give her-Sucker For Your Love (which I originally wrote for Diana Ross).

Teena lived with Winnie and her daughter (Jill) and Winnie’s boyfriend, Fuller Gordy (Berry’s brother). Jill would later move in with Prince and have a part in Purple Rain.

The first time I made love to Teena was during a tour in Pittsburgh. She wrote a song about it called “Portuguese Love.” She told me that I was the first man to give her an orgasm. We made love from sun-down to sun-up but we were never boyfriend and girlfriend although everyone was under the impression that we were involved during this time period.

When she got angry with me about other women, she’d curse me out under her breath when we performed “Fire & Desire,” on stage.

 

Rick James: The Hit Maker

 

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“I think I’m a musician who writes for people as opposed to being self-indulgent. I have to like it, but it’s basically for people. I concentrate on that, giving them what I think they can dance to and what I think they would appreciate in their ears.” – Rick James on writing hits

Rick James &Teena Marie: Throw back Thursday!

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Rick James, Teena Marie & Alia Rose!

                                                                                                                                                                                

Rick James Glow: Available Now

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Today is the day. Get your copy of Glow AND Rick James’ entire catalog, with several albums available for the first time ever digitally, on iTunes now.

Click here for the book: http://bit.ly/1g6bgz7
Click here for the music: http://smarturl.it/RickJamesCatalog

Rick James & Co.

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                                                                                                                                                                  Teena Marie, Tina Andrews and Rick James at a party.

 

Rick James: Solid Gold

 

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Rick James receiving his first gold album and single with Skip Miller, and  Barney Ales.

Rick James: Wonderful

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Wonderful was released on June 13, 1988. Share your playlist in the comments from the album for your chance to win a copy of “Glow: The Autobiography of Rick James” when it is released in July

Rick James vs Stevie Wonder

 

 

 

 

 

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Stories from the studio: “I had to yell at Stevie at one point during the recording session…I caught myself yelling at him and I thought, ‘What am I doing yelling at Stevie Wonder?’

He was saying, ‘Rick, it’s too much harmonica.’ I said, ‘Just play harmonica, Stevie. Please just play and let me do what I want to do here. It’s my session.'” – Rick James.

Rick James & Donna Summer

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In case you were wondering what Rick thought: “Now, Donna Summer isn’t a disco artiste – she’s Crisco! She’s oiled all the way so she goes disco, popsco, MORsco.” -Rick James

Rick James: Street Songs

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This week in 1981, Rick released the epic album, Street Songs

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