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Super Freak

Born on this day. It was about three in the morning. We had just put the horn parts on “Give It to Me Baby” when I was sitting in front of the console with my bass. I wasn’t trying to write. I was just noodling. This bass line came out of nowhere. Four descending notes.…

Rick James

Remembering one of the great funk meisters (and of course notorious party boy) — the one and only RJ. 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…