HOLLYWOOD - JUNE 29: Musician Rick James speaks on stage at the 2004 Black Entertainment Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on June 29, 2004 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Rick James would have been 73 years old today. He is deeply missed!

James was born James Ambrose Johnson Jr. on Feb. 1, 1948, and passed away in 2004. He was a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer, hailing from Buffalo, New York.

Hear some of his greatest songs below!

Anne Erickson's love for music drew her into radio, and she started shortly after graduating from MSU. She has a passion for rock and metal, plus local music. She also fronts the band Upon Wings. Email Anne at erickson@WRIF.com, follow her on Instagram at @EricksonAnne and tweet at her @AnneErickson!