A four-part biography show where artists posed as stardom lose it all. TV One and A. Smith & Co. Productions announced the production of eight new episodes of "Unsung", the acclaimed series of one-hour biographies that celebrates the lives and careers of successful artists or groups who, despite great talent, over the years have been under-recognized or under-appreciated. The episodes will be executive-produced by Arthur Smith, Kent Weed and Frank Sinton of A. Smith & Co. Productions. Mark Rowland will serve as Co-Executive Producer. (Source: http://www.tvoneonline.com)
Rick James is the final R&B, soul singer to be covered on "Unsung"
in 2014. His real birth name was James Ambrose Johnson, Jr. who passed away on 6 August 2004 from pulmonary failure and cardiac failure. In 1978 he released his very first single titled "You and " and it went all the way to #1 on the R&B charts. This was followed up in the same year with "Mary Jane" that peaked at #3. He went on to have 3 more #1 hits on the R&B charts up to 2006. His other #1 hits were "Give It To Me Baby" in 1981, "Cold Blooded" in 1983 and finally "Loosey's Rap" featuring Roxanne Shanté in 1988. He also had 2 #1 hits over the years on the Billboard Dance charts in "Super Freak" in 1981 and "Glow" in 1985.