23 news items tagged as 1981:

Long Beach Represent!
December 13, 2013 7:35 am
The epic live performance of "Ghetto Life" at Long Beach in '81  MORE
Quote of the Day
February 12, 2014 7:40 am
"Its concerns are basic: sex, drugs, sex, ghettos, sex, police, sex, love, passing the joint." -Dave DiMartino, Creem, December 1981  MORE
Street Songs
April 7, 2014 4:20 am
On this day in 1981, RJ released the epic album, Street Songs. Let us all take a short recess for some butt shaking.  MORE
Street Songs
October 24, 2014 7:38 am
"Street Songs is one of those albums that means something different to everybody who hears it - dance music, love music, flat-out funk, and, too, strange stuff for those willing to meet it halfway." - Dave DiMartino, Creem 1981  MORE
Today in History
November 7, 2014 8:03 am
Rick and The Stone City Band graced the set of Saturday Night Live today in 1981  MORE
Quote of the Day
November 12, 2014 7:24 am
"I don't think the world is really ready for a black rock star yet. When they are ready, I'm sure they'll let me know about it." - Rick James, Dave DiMartino, Cream, 1981  MORE
January 1981
January 12, 2015 7:42 am
Rick was recording his album, "Street Songs", in January of 1981. Later that year, the world was introduced to "Super Freak" and hasn't been the same since. #RickJamesJanuaryJams   MORE
Right On!
March 11, 2015 7:49 am
Right On! refers to the summer of 1981 as the summer Rick James "came to town." Any of you lucky enough to catch him at one of the sold out shows on the Street Songs tour?  MORE
Street Songs
April 9, 2015 7:55 am
"If I wasn't selling any albums, your ass wouldn't be here right now." - Rick James to Dave DiMartino in CREEM MAGAZINE, 1981. Street Songs will be available on vinyl again on June 9. Preorder here:  MORE
June 3, 2015 9:48 am
The summer of 1981 is the summer Rick James "came to town." - Righton! Any of you cats shake your butts at the sold-out Street Songs tour shows?  MORE
June 5, 2015 8:19 am
The summer of 1981 is the summer Rick James "came to town." Righton! Any of you cats shake your butts at the sold-out Street Songs tour shows?  MORE
This Week In History
September 4, 2015 8:08 am
This week in 1981 Rick and Teena lit up Madison Square Garden...  MORE
This Week in History
October 19, 2015 9:36 am
This week in 1981, Street Songs was finally knocked out of 1st place on the Billboards Top R&B Albums. After 20 weeks at #1, it was time to give someone else a shot.  MORE
Saturday Night Live
November 6, 2015 8:28 am
Rick and the Stone City Band were the featured musical guests on Saturday Night Live this weekend in 1981.   MORE
This Week in History
February 19, 2016 11:55 am
This week in 1981, Rick released the single "Give It To Me Baby," infecting dance floors across the globe with some serious funk.  MORE
Quote of the Day
February 29, 2016 1:30 pm
"Our image is all about freedom. Getting high. Having a good time. It's like a big party." - Rick James, San Bernardino Sun 1981  MORE
Today in History
July 18, 2016 8:39 am
"Give It To Me Baby" peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 today in 1981. Play it loud:  MORE
Street Songs
August 15, 2016 7:43 am
"James became an instant icon in 1981 with his album ‘'Street Songs,' a funk masterpiece that featured such hits as 'Super Freak,' 'Give it To Me Baby,' and 'Fire and Desire.'" - CNN  MORE
Street Songs
September 21, 2016 7:35 am
"1981's 'Street Songs' ranked amongst the year's biggest sellers moving over 4 million copies, a rare feat for a black act who rarely courted white pop radio." - Vibe, 2014. Give it a spin:  MORE
This Week in History
October 24, 2016 8:25 am
Rick James ended his “Street Songs” Tour at the Fabulous Forum in Los Angeles this week in 1981. Tickets were only $12.50.  MORE
Today in History
November 7, 2016 7:41 am
Rick brought the streets of Buffalo to Saturday Night Live on this night in 1981.  MORE
Quote of the Day
March 20, 2017 6:33 am
"[Rick James'] music is a streamlined mixture of funk, rock, soul and reggae, with Sly Stone and Stevie Wonder the two strongest influences on his singing and writing." - New York Times, 1981.   MORE
You and I
October 17, 2018 11:05 am
Bump two Rick James classics packed with a new spin. The YOU AND I 12" vinyl includes an extended mix of "You and I" + a duet of Rick and Teena Marie performing "Fire and Desire" live from Long Beach, CA in 1981. Complete your collection today:  MORE

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