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"Super Freak" is a 1981 hit single, produced and performed by Rick James for the Motown label. The song, co-written by James and Alonzo Miller, was first released on James' album Street Songs, reached #16 on the Billboard Hot 100, and is today one of James' signature songs. It features background vocals from Motown labelmates The Temptations, in which the bass singer is James' uncle Melvin Franklin, and Canadian singer Taborah Johnson. See also: Musical groups established in 1981 Record labels established in 1981 other events of 1981 list of years in music 1980s in music // January 10 - Revival of the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta The Pirates of Penzance opens at Broadways Uris Theatre, starring Linda Ronstadt and Rex Smith February... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... Motown Records, Inc. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... Street songs is also a seminal 1981 Rick James album. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... A signature song is the one song (or, in some cases, one of a few songs) that a popular and well-established singer, or band, is most closely identified with, even if they have had success with a variety of songs. ... The Temptations (often abbreviated as The Tempts or The Temps) are an American Motown singing group whose repertoire has included doo-wop, soul, psychedelia, funk, disco, R&B, and adult contemporary. ... A basso (or bass) is a male singer who sings in the lowest vocal range of the human voice. ... Melvin Franklin (David Melvin English) (October 12, 1942 – February 23, 1995) was an American bass singer, best known for his role as a member of Motown singing group The Temptations from 1961 to 1994. ... Taborah Johnson, also known as Tabby Johnson, is a Canadian singer and actor. ...


The song is well known by those who grew up in the late-1980s/early-1990s for being sampled by M.C. Hammer on his smash hit "U Can't Touch This". However, the "Rick James" segments featured on Chappelle's Show have brought the original song back into general familiarity. The title track of Jay-Z's comeback album Kingdom Come features a sample from "Super Freak." The 1980s refers to the years of and between 1980 and 1989. ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... MC Hammer (later Hammer), real name Stanley Kirk Burrell, (born March 30, 1962) was an early mainstream rapper, known for his baggy genie pants and catchy hooks on songs like U Cant Touch This. Early Life MC Hammer was born in Oakland, California. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Chappelles Show is an American comedy television series starring comedian Dave Chappelle. ... Jay-Z (aka the Jigga, HOV and Hova, born Shawn Carter on December 4, 1970 in Brooklyn, New York) is an African American rapper/hip hop artist and record label executive; one of the most popular and successful rappers of the late 1990s and early 2000s. ... This article is about Jay-Z album. ...


An instrumental version of the song was also heard in the 1983 comedy Doctor Detroit, the 1992 movie Batman Returns, and the song plays a major part in the climax of the 2006 film Little Miss Sunshine. Australian Idol 4 finalist Bobby Flynn performed a unique and memorable version of the song. Most recently the track has featured in the soundtrack to the 2006 video game Scarface: The World is Yours. Doctor Detroit is a 1983 comedy film, written by Bruce Jay Friedman and Carl Gottlieb. ... Batman Returns is a 1992 motion picture based on the Batman character created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger. ... Little Miss Sunshine is a 2006 Academy Award-winning dramatic comedy film about a dysfunctional familys road trip to a child beauty pageant. ... Australian Idol is the Australian version of the British TV hit show Pop Idol. ... Robert (Bobby) Andrew Flynn (born 22 January 1981 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia) was a Top 12 finalist on the reality television show Australian Idol 2006. ...


The Dave Matthews Band also paid homage to the deceased Rick James in Live Trax Vol. 8, segueing into "Super Freak," thrilling the fans, who sang along enthusiastically. [1] Dave Matthews Band (also known by the initialism DMB) is a United States rock band, originally formed in Charlottesville, Virginia in 1991 by singer, songwriter, and guitarist Dave Matthews. ... Live Trax Vol. ...


In 1984, the Los Angeles based novelty band Big Daddy recorded the song to slower beat trying to sound like the Everly Brothers. In 2006, the Beatfreakz made their own cover version of the song, under the same name of "Superfreak". Big Daddy can refer to: Comic character in Buster (comic) Illustrator and Kustom Kulture pioneer Ed Big Daddy Roth. ... Don (born February 1, 1937 in Brownie, a small coal-mining town (now defunct) near Central City, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky) and Phil Everly (born January 18, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois) are country-influenced rock and roll performers who had their greatest success in the 1950s. ... The Beatfreakz are a dance duo from Holland. ...


The song, done in bluegrass style by Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby, is featured on their eponymous collaborative album. Ricky Skaggs, April 1988 Ricky Skaggs1st off Skaggs was known to hate everyone he met. ... Bruce Randall Hornsby (born November 23, 1954 in Williamsburg, Virginia) is an American singer, virtuoso pianist, accordion player, and songwriter. ...


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