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Thread started 06/16/12 9:01am

purplerain14

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53 facts you might not know about prince

I didnt know a lot of these,plus some of the are pretty funny


1. In 1985, Prince owned a white T-bird and could often be seen driving it around North Minneapolis.

2. Prince's dad, John Nelson, led the "Prince Rogers" jazz trio, which eventually became John's nickname, and then Prince's official name.

3. Prince's mom's name is Mattie Shaw, and he says she's responsible for his "wild side."

4. Prince is the official pioneer of "the Minneapolis sound" heralded by music mags throughout the '80s.

5. Prince wrote "Nothing Compares 2 U" about bandmate Wendy Melvoin's sister Susannah Melvoin, a song that became famous when Sinead O'Connor covered it.

6. Prince was called "Skipper" when he was a little boy.

7. In a 1985 article in Rolling Stone, Prince says Bobby Z is his best friend, though he's "not a spectacular drummer." He says he keeps him on because Bobby's drumming is a reaction to what Prince does on stage.

8. When Prince's alias was the unpronounceable symbol, some staffers at Paisley Park just referred to him as "the dude."

9. At 13, he formed Grand Central, his first band, with some high school friends.

10. Because First Avenue doesn't have much for a backstage area, many of the scenes that take place offstage but inside the nightclub in Prince's feature film Purple Rain had to be filmed offsite.

11. Prince intended Purple Rain to be darker.

12. Prince said he used to get physically ill from depression during the "Dirty Mind" era.

13. There were many early comparisons of Prince to Jimi Hendrix, and Prince told Rolling Stone in a cover story that's "only because he's black."


Prince with Gayngs' Ryan Olson at First Avenue
​14. Prince was spotted all over downtown Minneapolis nightclubs in 2009 but often would leave 10 minutes after he arrived. In 2010, he made several cameo appearances to catch shows at First Avenue, including almost joining Gayngs on stage during their album release show, but each time he would slip out of the club just as attendees were about to fly into a tizzy.

15. Prince is 5'2" tall.

16. Because of his status as a Jehovah's Witness, Prince refuses to swear in his songs or regularly sing those that championed sexual freedom (e.g. "Darling Nikki", "Little Red Corvette").

17. Aside from Sheila's E's first album, Prince's Paisley Park label did not produce any Billboard-charting hits outside Prince's own.

18. The vocals on gender-bending track "If I Was Your Girlfriend" from Sign O The Times are said to be that of Prince's female alter-ego, Camille.

19. Warner Brothers sought a return on their investment in Paisley Park, which led to some artists recording there against Prince's wishes.

20. Actress Kim Basinger in one of Prince's few non-brunette exes. They broke up in 1990.

21. NBA star Carlos Boozer was Prince's Los Angeles landlord in 2006 and he later sued The Purple one for painting his symbol on the house's exterior and installing monogrammed carpeting.

22. The lawsuit was dismissed when Prince's lawyers alleged Boozer collected the $70K/month rent with no complaint.

23. Prince married Mayte Garcia in 1996 in Minneapolis. White doves were released after the ceremony. They divorced several years later and Mayte began dating Tommy Lee.

24. Prince and Mayte had a child, Boy Gregory, who, according to the Star Tribune, died a week after birth due to a rare skull defect.


​25. Prince dissolved the Revolution in 1986 when he dismissed Wendy & Lisa from the group. They had creative differences over the newest non-musician members Prince had invited into the band.

26. Dr. Fink, keyboardist for the Revolution, said during their early years they used to run into Bob Seger on tour, and Prince would ask why he was so popular.

27. The motorcycle Prince rides in Purple Rain is a customized Honda.

28. Spaghetti and orange juice was Prince's favorite meal during his early years with the Revolution.

29. Prince loved Billy Crystal's impersonation of him on SNL.

30. In the early '80s in Los Angeles, one of Prince's bodyguards was accused of assault when he allegedly tried to stop a photographer from getting into Prince's car.

31. That incident happened on the night of the "We Are The World" recording.

32. Prince would stay awake for days on end when he was in the studio.


​33. Prince said Morris Day criticized him a lot early on. Incidentally, Morris also played Prince's antagonist in Purple Rain. Some sources say the two had a scuffle at First Avenue.

34. Tevin Campbell's "Round & Round" hit single was produced by Prince.

35. Prince's 1990 feature film, Graffiti Bridge, was a box-office and critical flop.

36. To prepare the cast for Purple Rain, Prince enrolled them in classes at Minnesota Dance Theatre.

37. Prince's second-ever television appearance was on American Bandstand in 1980 at the age of 19. After the performance, Dick Clark said, "This is not the kind of music that comes from Minneapolis, Minnesota."

38. Prince is a self-taught musician and producer. His first album, For You, was done completely alone.

39. Prince produced trio Vanity 6, whereas the 6 refers to the breast count.

40. Wendy and Lisa's only songwriting contribution to any Prince album was "Computer Blue."

41. In 1984, Prince accomplished something only the Beatles had one before him: He was topping charts simultaneously with an album, a film and a single (Purple Rain and "When Doves Cry," respectively).


​42. Prince started dating singer and Minneapolis native Bria Valente in 2007 (real name Brenda Fuentes), and during their time together she became a Jehovah's Witness as well.

43. In 1975, Prince was a member of Minneapolis band 94 East.

44. Prince played electric guitar on Madonna's "Like A Prayer."

45. When Apollonia had to kiss Prince in Purple Rain, she was dating David Lee Roth.

46. Prince removed the bassline from "When Doves Cry" to make it darker and more syncopated.

47. Prince once paid a salon in Washington, D.C., to close down, black out all the windows, and do his hair.

48. Prince was just blocks away from the site of John Lennon's murder when it happened.


​49. The yellow guitar Prince famously played in the "Gett Off" video is encased at the Smithsonian.

50. Prince named his "Graffiti Bridge" film after a decrepit bridge in a Twin Cities suburb. It has since been torn down.

51. Prince used to hang out at a McDonald's on Plymouth Avenue on the North Side, where he'd stand outside and smell the food when he didn't have money.

52. Prince's father was not a gun-toting maniac as portrayed in the film Purple Rain. Prince said his father never swore, never drank, and that he always thought his dad was cool.

53. Many of Prince's early chart-toppers were recorded in a warehouse in Eden Prairie, MN.

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Reply #1 posted 06/16/12 9:11am

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#17 - Jerk Out & Round And Round were both Billboard hits released by Paisley Park.

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Reply #2 posted 06/16/12 9:50am

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# 40. Wendy and Lisa's only songwriting contribution to any Prince album was "Computer Blue."

Incorrect. For example, Library of Congress records show both Wendy and Lisa as co-authors (words and music) for Mountains and Sometimes It Snows In April.

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Reply #3 posted 06/16/12 10:11am

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"53. Many of Prince's early chart-toppers were recorded in a warehouse in Eden Prairie, MN."

Does anyone know where exactly this is in EP? I'd love to know!
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Reply #4 posted 06/16/12 10:43am

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A few nice things on this list, if they are true. Most fans on this site know 90% or more of the list. Also, some are either wrong, or almost comical.....here's an example:

Because of his status as a Jehovah's Witness, Prince refuses to swear in his songs or regularly sing those that championed sexual freedom (e.g. "Darling Nikki", "Little Red Corvette").

Ok, if that were true, he wouldn't be performing LRC so much, and even though he doesn't sing Nikki, he plays snippets of it on and off, and even played the whole thing in 2000 when he was on the verge of being a full time Jehovahan

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Reply #5 posted 06/16/12 10:45am

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54. Prince once appeared on stage with James Brown and Michael Jackson. Bet you didn't know that!

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Reply #6 posted 06/16/12 10:48am

stillwaiting

RodeoSchro said:

54. Prince once appeared on stage with James Brown and Michael Jackson. Bet you didn't know that!

Even casual fans know that. One of the videos on You Tube had over 1 million hits, and considering how many times it was removed for copyright, probably several million views.

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Reply #7 posted 06/16/12 11:24am

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17: Sheila E's first album, The Glamorous Life, was not released under the Paisley Park label!!

The right to free discussion is protected!!
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Reply #8 posted 06/16/12 1:42pm

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jfrost said:

17: Sheila E's first album, The Glamorous Life, was not released under the Paisley Park label!!

jfrost is correct

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Reply #9 posted 06/16/12 2:25pm

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# 40. Wendy and Lisa's only songwriting contribution to any Prince album was "Computer Blue."

Incorrect. For example, Library of Congress records show both Wendy and Lisa as co-authors (words and music) for Mountains and Sometimes It Snows In April.

Isn't "Power Fantastic" based on an instrumental that Lisa Coleman composed as well?

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Reply #10 posted 06/16/12 3:41pm

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Harlepolis said:

langebleu said:

# 40. Wendy and Lisa's only songwriting contribution to any Prince album was "Computer Blue."

Incorrect. For example, Library of Congress records show both Wendy and Lisa as co-authors (words and music) for Mountains and Sometimes It Snows In April.

Isn't "Power Fantastic" based on an instrumental that Lisa Coleman composed as well?

Both Wendy and Lisa have co-authorship credits at the Library of Congress for 'Power Fantastic', and also '17 Days'. (I didn't refer to these latter songs in my first post because I suspect this 'fact' pre-dated their release on an album.)

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Reply #11 posted 06/16/12 3:49pm

Harlepolis

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Harlepolis said:

Isn't "Power Fantastic" based on an instrumental that Lisa Coleman composed as well?

Both Wendy and Lisa have co-authorship credits at the Library of Congress for 'Power Fantastic', and also '17 Days'. (I didn't refer to these latter songs in my first post because I suspect this 'fact' pre-dated their release on an album.)

Thanks for the "17 Days" info, my only knowledge about is Brenda Bennet's contribution to it.

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Reply #12 posted 06/16/12 3:56pm

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stillwaiting said:

RodeoSchro said:

54. Prince once appeared on stage with James Brown and Michael Jackson. Bet you didn't know that!

Even casual fans know that. One of the videos on You Tube had over 1 million hits, and considering how many times it was removed for copyright, probably several million views.

You've been fooled. Prince was super imposed. Every REAL Prince fan knows this.

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Reply #13 posted 06/16/12 4:11pm

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langebleu said:

Harlepolis said:

Isn't "Power Fantastic" based on an instrumental that Lisa Coleman composed as well?

Both Wendy and Lisa have co-authorship credits at the Library of Congress for 'Power Fantastic', and also '17 Days'. (I didn't refer to these latter songs in my first post because I suspect this 'fact' pre-dated their release on an album.)

They were also given co-writing credit for "America" along with the rest of the band.

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Reply #14 posted 06/16/12 4:18pm

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stillwaiting said:

RodeoSchro said:

54. Prince once appeared on stage with James Brown and Michael Jackson. Bet you didn't know that!

Even casual fans know that. One of the videos on You Tube had over 1 million hits, and considering how many times it was removed for copyright, probably several million views.

I'm pretty sure RodeoSchro was being ironic there....

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Reply #15 posted 06/16/12 4:42pm

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38. Prince is a self-taught musician and producer. His first album, For You, was done completely alone.

Not true. Prince had music classes in school (as did most children of that era) and was taught by his mother and father; he specifically mentioned his father’s teachings during his Tavis Smiley interview.

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stillwaiting said:

RodeoSchro said:

54. Prince once appeared on stage with James Brown and Michael Jackson. Bet you didn't know that!

Even casual fans know that. One of the videos on You Tube had over 1 million hits, and considering how many times it was removed for copyright, probably several million views.

omfg omfg omfg THERE'S VIDEO?!?!?!? omfg omfg omfg

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Reply #17 posted 06/16/12 6:55pm

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RodeoSchro said:

stillwaiting said:

Even casual fans know that. One of the videos on You Tube had over 1 million hits, and considering how many times it was removed for copyright, probably several million views.

omfg omfg omfg THERE'S VIDEO?!?!?!? omfg omfg omfg

Yes

What are you outraged about today? CNN has not told you yet?
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Reply #18 posted 06/16/12 6:58pm

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purplerain14 said:

47. Prince once paid a salon in Washington, D.C., to close down, black out all the windows, and do his hair.

remember during the NPSoul era the rumor was P shot some video I believe for Come on Remix at a salon in DC and at a afterparty.

What are you outraged about today? CNN has not told you yet?
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Reply #19 posted 06/16/12 7:23pm

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#12 Prince didn't look depressed when I saw him perform
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Reply #20 posted 06/16/12 10:46pm

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#24 Everyone knows the baby's actual name was not "Boy Gregory," though, right?

Mayte's fake name at the hospital was Mia Gregory; an unnamed baby at the hospital gets the tag "Boy [mother's last name]" or "Girl [mother's last name]." My boy was "Boy [my last name]" until we settled on a name and filled in the birth certificate within the next couple of days.

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Reply #21 posted 06/17/12 12:48am

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39. Prince produced trio Vanity 6, whereas the 6 refers to the breast count.

I'm sure I read that '6' referred to a nipple count - call me pedantic, but...

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Reply #22 posted 06/17/12 4:43am

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stillwaiting said:

A few nice things on this list, if they are true. Most fans on this site know 90% or more of the list. Also, some are either wrong, or almost comical.....here's an example:

Because of his status as a Jehovah's Witness, Prince refuses to swear in his songs or regularly sing those that championed sexual freedom (e.g. "Darling Nikki", "Little Red Corvette").

Ok, if that were true, he wouldn't be performing LRC so much, and even though he doesn't sing Nikki, he plays snippets of it on and off, and even played the whole thing in 2000 when he was on the verge of being a full time Jehovahan

Agree with you totally, he was singing Little Red Corvette, last month in Melbourne, in fact the only thing he held back on was the word motherfucker in "days of wild". I didn't and several people cheered when I said it in Prince's silences.

But yeah Prince is having more fun on stage these days and he's loosesned up a bit.

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Reply #23 posted 06/17/12 9:54am

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Thanks for making my brain dizzy with all those facts Purplerain14. cool

By the way, I love your signature! music

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Reply #24 posted 06/18/12 9:29am

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purplerain14 said:


47. Prince once paid a salon in Washington, D.C., to close down, black out all the windows, and do his hair.


remember during the NPSoul era the rumor was P shot some video I believe for Come on Remix at a salon in DC and at a afterparty.



I was there. It was at a club called secrets that was just a house near Howard U. Tony Terry, Dougie Fresh and others were there.
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Reply #25 posted 06/19/12 12:32pm

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hmmm Tell me something I don't know

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Reply #26 posted 06/19/12 12:47pm

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55. Prince sits on a clutch of eggs at night, waiting alone for his brood to hatch.

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Reply #27 posted 06/20/12 7:10am

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RodeoSchro said:

54. Prince once appeared on stage with James Brown and Michael Jackson. Bet you didn't know that!

WOW! omg

This is one of the more interesting facts I've come across!

I just watched it on Youtube. excited

I had to laugh at Prince being piggy-backed by his bodyguard through the audience and campily removing his glove with his teeth!

LOL! tv

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Reply #28 posted 06/20/12 8:21am

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54. Prince once appeared on stage with James Brown and Michael Jackson. Bet you didn't know that!

Yes I did. Funny thing though; Prince was so embarassing on stage with James Brown (kinda like what he did with the lollipop to Quincy Jones at an awrds show), that I've always tried to forget. That was the worst performance ever-and Prince has very few bad performances. i guess I've always chaulked it up to him being so imature at that time.

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maryfred said:

RodeoSchro said:

54. Prince once appeared on stage with James Brown and Michael Jackson. Bet you didn't know that!

Yes I did. Funny thing though; Prince was so embarassing on stage with James Brown (kinda like what he did with the lollipop to Quincy Jones at an awrds show), that I've always tried to forget. That was the worst performance ever-and Prince has very few bad performances. i guess I've always chaulked it up to him being so imature at that time.

I thought his behaviour was a little strange tumbleweed, but still entertaining.

I"ve read several comments that say Prince was 'high', on this night??? stoned

It appeared as if he was in a daze at one point, when he approached James Brown and was 'ushered' to the guitar.

Prince and drugs - I've only ever heard feint rumours.........so who knows?

Anyone else notice that moment, or have more information to share?

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