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Thread started 08/06/16 9:56pm

beautyunaffect
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Any fans....

Out of curiousity... Any white people that have been Prince fans from the beginning? You know since 1979? Looking back on the era it seems like music industry was pretty segregated. There was separate music charts and everything. Even from personal experience my mother (who is white) didnt take notice of Prince until Purple Rain. Where as my father (who is black) has been a fan since 1979.
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Reply #1 posted 08/06/16 9:58pm

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beautyunaffected said:

Out of curiousity... Any white people that have been Prince fans from the beginning? You know since 1979? Looking back on the era it seems like music industry was pretty segregated. There was separate music charts and everything. Even from personal experience my mother (who is white) didnt take notice of Prince until Purple Rain. Where as my father (who is black) has been a fan since 1979.

i'm white 24/7...loved Prince since late 79.

Read It Again...This Time, Say It Louder...Wrecka Stow!...
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Reply #2 posted 08/06/16 11:05pm

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I'm white except for when I'm fake tanning .ive loved prince since I was born .I was born 10 years later though .my dad has loved prince since 1979 though .he's told he first became a prince fan after seeing prince perform on american bandstand
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Reply #3 posted 08/07/16 3:04am

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Hi y'all! I am white and I have been a fan since Prince's first appearance on American Bandstand. He has been my #1 all these years. I am 2 years older than Prince.
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Reply #4 posted 08/07/16 3:35am

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I'm not white, but I can weigh in on the subject, because I've got lots of white friends. The vast majority of my white friends knew nothing of Prince until Purple Rain, maybe one or two with 1999. Whereas my black friends/remember Soft and Wet, Still Waiting, I Wanna Be Your Lover, etc. when Prince was played exclusively on R&B stations. He crossed over with Purple Rain, so perhaps that's why. I will say that white friends who are musicians are more familiar with his earliest music, because they are music junkies, and research everything. lol

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Reply #5 posted 08/07/16 4:47am

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beautyunaffected said:

Out of curiousity... Any white people that have been Prince fans from the beginning? You know since 1979? Looking back on the era it seems like music industry was pretty segregated. There was separate music charts and everything. Even from personal experience my mother (who is white) didnt take notice of Prince until Purple Rain. Where as my father (who is black) has been a fan since 1979.


I've been a fan since 1981 if that ik okay wit u wink
I used to listen to a Dutch weekly radio show called the Soulshow (every thursday evening) where I became familiar with his music. This show played a lot of his early work....until Purple Rain came out. The album probably wasn't 'black' enough and it was maybe not ignored but overlooked by this station. But main reason might be that the mainstream stations took over from there on.
Another black band who tried to cross cultures and musical segregation was EWF which I listened to since 1980. So what Prince tried to do wasn't new for me although he used his own style to do it. EWF went main stream while Prince chose rock. And in the end, I think Prince succeeded better than EWF.
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Reply #6 posted 08/07/16 5:04am

Guitarhero

Yep am a white Prince fan since 1980. Already loved I Wanna Be Your Lover in 79 when i first heard it. Music is for everyone cool

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Reply #7 posted 08/07/16 8:28am

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beautyunaffected said:

Out of curiousity... Any white people that have been Prince fans from the beginning? You know since 1979? Looking back on the era it seems like music industry was pretty segregated. There was separate music charts and everything. Even from personal experience my mother (who is white) didnt take notice of Prince until Purple Rain. Where as my father (who is black) has been a fan since 1979.


I'm actually black. The white is just a birthmark.

But seriously folks, I'm a white boy from the mid-south, in my late 40s, and I found Prince right from the get-go. I grew up listening to country music like Johnny Lee, Mickey Gilley, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, etc., alongside stuff like Earth Wind & Fire, The Commodores, Three Dog Night, Ambrosia, Christopher Cross, Player, ELO, and more. I really found him on a K-Tel record, which had "I Wanna Be Your Lover" tucked in the middle of side one. I'd casually heard of "Soft and Wet" before that, but the K-Tel record sealed the deal.

My mother haaaaaated Prince. We battled forever over Prince. The irony is that they both died on t he same day, April 21 (she in 2012). I messaged my brother after I heard the news about Prince, and said, "Imagine the look on mom's face when Prince showed up this morning".

PS The beginning was 1978.

Just when U think U've got more than enough, that's when it all up and flies away.
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Reply #8 posted 08/07/16 9:23am

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beautyunaffected said:

Out of curiousity... Any white people that have been Prince fans from the beginning? You know since 1979? Looking back on the era it seems like music industry was pretty segregated. There was separate music charts and everything. Even from personal experience my mother (who is white) didnt take notice of Prince until Purple Rain. Where as my father (who is black) has been a fan since 1979.

I'm a white older woman smile I wasn't a big Prince fan in his early days (when Prince hit the music scene, I was already getting close to 40 years old) but my son became a fan and I was happy that he had discovered Prince. He started to learn about Prince's influences from the musicians of my generation and I helped introduce him to a lot of that music. It kind of created a musical bridge between us. I grew up listening to black music - all the early STAX, Muscle Shoals and Motown stuff. Those long discussions helped us create a bond through music which was really neat and endures to this day. We became a family of musicologists - tracing all of the influences of different artists. When I was a teenager in the 1960s, we tuned into all the music stations that played R&b, soul and funk. We travelled to the USA just to buy records we couldn't get in Canada. Toronto had a big R&B music community. We had clubs that featured black artists and bands from all over - so there were some live music venues with both black & white audiences. That particular music scene was not very segregated. I think that's why Prince liked hanging around and playing in Toronto.

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Reply #9 posted 08/07/16 10:20am

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Thanks for the response guys!
I have noticed that quite a few white people became a fan after american bandstand. Or basically were just music lovers in general so they naturally they became a fan.
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Reply #10 posted 08/07/16 10:21am

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RainbowGranny said:



beautyunaffected said:


Out of curiousity... Any white people that have been Prince fans from the beginning? You know since 1979? Looking back on the era it seems like music industry was pretty segregated. There was separate music charts and everything. Even from personal experience my mother (who is white) didnt take notice of Prince until Purple Rain. Where as my father (who is black) has been a fan since 1979.


I'm a white older woman smile I wasn't a big Prince fan in his early days (when Prince hit the music scene, I was already getting close to 40 years old) but my son became a fan and I was happy that he had discovered Prince. He started to learn about Prince's influences from the musicians of my generation and I helped introduce him to a lot of that music. It kind of created a musical bridge between us. I grew up listening to black music - all the early STAX, Muscle Shoals and Motown stuff. Those long discussions helped us create a bond through music which was really neat and endures to this day. We became a family of musicologists - tracing all of the influences of different artists. When I was a teenager in the 1960s, we tuned into all the music stations that played R&b, soul and funk. We travelled to the USA just to buy records we couldn't get in Canada. Toronto had a big R&B music community. We had clubs that featured black artists and bands from all over - so there were some live music venues with both black & white audiences. That particular music scene was not very segregated. I think that's why Prince liked hanging around and playing in Toronto.

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Yup! He said he loved the diversity of Toronto.
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Reply #11 posted 08/07/16 11:54am

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Another Whitie that has been a fan since 1979. I have always made an effort to follow all types of music closely, and after hearing I Want to be Your Lover on Top 40 of all things, I was a fan. You are right though about the segregation of stations. I didn't even know Soft & Wet had been a R&B hit until after the fact. I started checking our R & B stations after that for a line of Prince singles that never hit mainstream radio.

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Reply #12 posted 08/07/16 12:04pm

Bunsterdk

I loved much of Prince's music from the beginning, but I was a fan of MJ back then. Loved Stevie, Al Jarreau and many other black artists. Mostly black artists really, but also some white ones. Never really gave race much thought, only whether or not I liked the music.
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Reply #13 posted 08/07/16 12:45pm

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I'm a white girl who's 3 months older than Prince-almost to the day.

American Bandstand did it for me and I was a strong fan from then on-but when I read the list of P's influences-he and I listened to the same things on the radio in the 60's and 70's. I was always that kid that listened to stuff none of my friends were listening to.

Lost track around '90 when babies took over my life-catching up as quickly as I can.

Funny thing is-it's like falling in love all over again with the constant innovation.

Nothing compares.

A sophisticated mass-produced cacophony of no-win situations that aren't right...
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Reply #14 posted 08/07/16 12:52pm

clairew1975

I'm a white English woman but I was only 4 in 1979 so Prince wasn't on my radar.

But scroll forward to 1987 and onwards and I was very much into Prince, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston etc. I loved the 80s!!
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Reply #15 posted 08/07/16 1:00pm

clairew1975

Bunsterdk said:

I loved much of Prince's music from the beginning, but I was a fan of MJ back then. Loved Stevie, Al Jarreau and many other black artists. Mostly black artists really, but also some white ones. Never really gave race much thought, only whether or not I liked the music.


I'm with you on that. I was always more into black artists growing up too, and like you I never gave race a thought either. I like a huge range of music from classical to heavy metal, I'm not sure what skin colour has to do with it to be honest.
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