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Prince and the Parade/Sign O’ The Times Era Studio Sessions: 1985-1986

Only 77 pages in and hooked on this book by Duane Tudhal 
Prince and the Parade/Sign O’ The Times Era Studio Sessions: 1985-1986
His follow up, 2nd book with the original (1st) blowing me away with his knowledge on Purple Rain and Prince. 
Prince and the Purple Rain Era Studio Sessions: 1983 and 1984 (Prince Studio Sessions)  from 2018 
Any Prince aficionado and music lover will thoroughly 
enjoy this one,
about Parade and SOTT 

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Peace and Purplelicious L0vE Always 
Irresistible Rich 


"Another Lonely Christmas"

In 1984 I was visitin' my Grandparents in South Dakota 4 Christmas. At the time I lived in Wyoming with my dear Mother, and we always traveled back 2 South Dakota 4 the holidays. 
My Mothers home town was very small and not a lot 2 do 4 entertainment. There was a local bar/pool hall called "The Spot". Bar on one side and the pool hall on the other side. It had a few arcade games, 3 pool tables and a juke box. I'll get back 2 that juke box in a moment. 
I'd go down 2 the pool hall and have a few beers and shoot pool by myself 2 practice. And occasionally get my hustle on and school a few people 4 beers and cash. At the time I was 18 and that was the legal drinkin' age 4 beer that was 3.2% alcohol. U had 2 be 21 if U wanted the hard stuff. That was no big deal as I never got carded. 
Well one night when I was there playin' pool a young lady walked in and of course I said hello. We ended up playin' some pool and gettin' 2 know each other. 
One night why there I was playin' the juke box and decided 2 play the flip side of "I Would Die 4 U". Low an behold I and my female friend discovered "Another Lonely Christmas". 
The song was and still is amazing,yet so sad in so many ways. A month later I had 2 come back 2 put our Grand Father 2 rest. So the song brought on a whole new meaning 4 me. 
The photo is the home my Grand Parents raised my Mother and her Brother & Sister. And the home I had so many Merry Christmas memories. 
In closin' I just wanna wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and hope it's not a lonely 1 !!! 
L0vE Irresistible Rich 

59 Things U Might Not Know About Prince

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1. Prince wrote his first song at the age of 7, and it was called "Funk Machine."

2. He danced on stage with James Brown when was 10. "My stepdad put me on stage with him and I danced a bit until the bodyguard took me off," Prince told MTV in 1985.

3. He later danced with Brown — and Michael Jackson! — in this amazing footage from a show at the Beverly Theatre in Los Angeles in 1983. (B.B. King also happened to be on stage.)

4. His first band when he was a young teenager was called Grand Central.

5. Prince was a hardcore Joni Mitchell fan as a teen. "Prince used to write me fan mail with all of the U's and hearts that way that he writes," she told New York Magazine. "And the office took it as mail from the lunatic fringe and just tossed it!"

6. He was once so poor that he'd just smell food instead of eating it. "I didn't have any money, so I'd just stand outside McDonald's and smell stuff," he told Rolling Stone in 1985.

7. He rejected a deal with CBS when he was 19 because they insisted that Verdine White from Earth, Wind, and Fire produce his first three albums. Prince later signed a deal with Warner Bros. that allowed him to produce his own music.

8. Another clause in Prince's Warner Bros. contract allowed him to recruit and produce other artists for the label. He took advantage of this to produce an album by The Time.

9. Despite the fact that he put The Time through rigorous rehearsals for the album, Prince ended up recording every single instrumental part on their debut album himself. The only member of the band who is actually on the record is singer Morris Day, who was forced to closely mimic Prince's delivery and is often overshadowed by his backing vocals.

10. Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, the production duo behind many of Janet Jackson's biggest singles in the '80s as well as hits by Mariah Carey, Boyz II Men, Human League, and George Michael, started out as members of The Time, but were fired by Prince.

11. When he made his first appearance on Saturday Night Live in 1981, he sang, "Fightin' war is a such a fucking bore," but it wasn't noticed in the moment and was aired without any censoring.


12. There was so much smoke used in the videos for "1999" and "Little Red Corvette" that many people on the set got diarrhea from all the mineral oil in the air.

13. Prince also ghostwrote and produced a record for Vanity 6, a trio fronted by Denise Matthews, a woman he was dating in the early '80s.

14. He originally wanted the group to be called The Hookers, and for Matthews to go by the stage name Vagina — pronounced "va-geen-uh" — but she refused and chose the name Vanity instead.

15. Prince gave the group the name Vanity 6 because among the three members, there were six breasts.

16. Prince is the only artist aside from The Beatles to have the No. 1 movie, album, and single in the United States at the same time with Purple Rain and "When Doves Cry."

17. "When Doves Cry" was revolutionary for being the first major R&B hit to not include a bass line.

18. Prince essentially directed all of his videos in the '80s, even if a video technically had an official director. He made Larry Williams, the guy hired to direct "When Doves Cry," sit outside with a stack of magazines while that video was made.

19. According to Purple Rain director Albert Magnoli, one of Prince's favorite meals at the time the film was being made was spaghetti and orange juice.

20. The actual First Avenue club in Minneapolis has a small backstage area, so many of the scenes that took place backstage at the venue in Purple Rain had to be shot elsewhere.

21. Prince made his Purple Rain co-star and musical protégé Apollonia keep her marriage secretso the public could assume that she was actually in a romantic relationship with him.

22. Pat Smear from Nirvana and The Foo Fighters was an extra in the video for "Raspberry Beret." He was originally turned down when he auditioned, but Prince insisted that he be in the video because he liked his dreadlocks.

23. Prince originally gave "Kiss" to Mazarati, a side project of The Revolution's Brown Mark and Bobby Z., but took it back after he heard the funky backing track they added to the song.

24. Prince was deeply in love with Susannah Melvoin, the twin sister of Revolution guitarist Wendy Melvoin, through much of the mid-'80s.

25. His tortured romance with her, complicated largely by his philandering, was the basis for some of his best ballads, including "The Beautiful Ones," "Nothing Compares 2 U," and "Forever in My Life."

26. When Melvoin and Prince broke up for good, he recorded a song called "Wally," in which he confided his most intense thoughts about her to his bodyguard and dancer Wally Safford. That song has only been heard by Prince's engineer Susan Rogers and was deleted immediately after it was recorded, but he reportedly recorded another version later on for posterity.

27. Prince spent most of 1986 recording a double album tentatively titled Dream Factory with The Revolution, but ended up breaking up the band and shelving the project. Many of the songs were included on his next album, Sign O the Times, but other tracks either turned up on on future albums like Crystal Ball or were left to circulate as bootleg recordings.

28. Prince developed a female alter ego known as Camille while working on Sign O the Times. He used the persona on the single "If I Was Your Girlfriend," and achieved the effect by slowing down the tape as he sang in his normal register, and then speeding the tape up in playback.

29. He reportedly recorded an entire album as Camille, but eventually scrapped it along with plans to film a movie about the character in which he'd play himself as well as appear in drag as Camille.

30. His half-sister Lorna Nelson sued him in 1989 claiming that she wrote the lyrics for "U Got the Look," but after a court battle, a judge sided with Prince.

31. Prince insisted that The Black Album, his heavy funk follow-up to Sign O the Times, be recalled and canceled a week before its release date in 1987 because he reportedly became convinced that the record was a work of the devil. It was heavily bootlegged, and eventually released commercially in 1994.

32. Prince hid a message in the video for "Alphabet Street" that appears on the screen for split second before the first chorus: "Don't buy the Black Album. I'm sorry."

33. Tim Burton had originally planned for the Batman soundtrack to be split between Prince and Michael Jackson, with the former providing funk tracks and the latter singing ballads.

34. Prince ended up recording an entire album's worth of material after meeting and falling for lead actress Kim Basinger. He canceled a Japanese tour to get to work on the material in an attempt to impress her.

35. Shortly after the soundtrack was released, he produced an album called A Hollywood Affairfeaturing Basinger, but the record was scrapped, mainly because she wasn't a very good singer.

36. Prince wrote "Manic Monday" for The Bangles.

37. And co-wrote "Stand Back" with Stevie Nicks. He also played synthesizer on the studio recording.

38. And "I Feel for You" for Chaka Khan.

39. And "Round and Round" for Tevin Campbell.

40. And "Sugar Walls" for Sheena Easton.

41. He wrote Cyndi Lauper's hit "When You Were Mine" too. It was originally released on Dirty Mind in 1980.

42. He wrote "Nothing Compares 2 U" for The Family, but Sinead O'Connor made it a worldwide hit in 1990.

43. He played guitar on Madonna's "Like a Prayer" but was not officially credited.

44. He also played on Kate Bush's "Why Should I Love You?"

45. Michael Jackson wrote "Bad" with the intention of singing it as a duet with Prince, but Prince wasn't comfortable with the lyrics and objected to the opening line, "Your butt is mine."


46. The first time Prince ever saw his first wife, Mayte Garcia, was on a videotape. Garcia's mother, a die-hard Prince fan, insisted that her daughter send videotapes of her belly dance routine to Prince when she was only 16.

47. He began a long-distance courtship with Garcia with the hope of seducing her by the time she turned 18. They wrote letters to one another regularly, and he would give her tapes of new music, and she would send him videos of her dancing to it.

48. Prince became a Jehovah's Witness around 1997, and subsequently dropped his more sexually explicit material from his concerts, and avoided writing overtly sexy songs for many years.

49. Prince wanted Clerks and Chasing Amy director Kevin Smith to make a movie based on his 2001 album The Rainbow Children, but Smith dropped out after realizing the project — which included messages like "Jesus Christ is the son of God" flashing on screen — was intended to be a recruitment film for Jehovah's Witnesses.

50. Prince keeps an extensive archive of unused songs, shelved albums, and assorted abandoned video projects in a storeroom he calls The Vault in his Paisley Park studio compound.

51. Prince's revenue streams were diminishing by the mid-'90s, but he still kept the Paisley Park complex running and fully staffed 24 hours a day and spent $500,000 per year keeping a studio ready in Los Angeles on the chance that he'd be in town and want to record on a whim.

52. Paisley Park had a full-time catering team, a staff of 10 tailors on hand to create bespoke clothing for Prince and his musicians, and a film crew to shoot videos that would never be released.

53. When Prince changed his name to O{+> in the mid-'90s, he presented it to journalists as though it was a completely new persona. "Prince never used to do interviews," he told Time Outin 1995. "You'd have to ask Prince why, but you're not talking to Prince now, you're talking to me."

54. Prince chose to change his name to an unpronounceable glyph as a way of striking back against Warner Bros., who he blamed for the low sales for his early-'90s material and various Paisley Park projects. He went back to being called Prince in 2000 after all his contracts with Time Warner expired.


55. Prince is a huge fan of The New Girl and sent Zooey Deschanel an email telling her that he only watched two things on television — her show and the news.

56. He asked to guest star on The New Girl, and pitched the storyline in which he gives Zooey Deschanel's character a spiritual makeover to improve her relationship with her boyfriend.

57. He also recorded a single, "FALLINLOVE2NITE," with Deschanel.

58. Prince refuses to let journalists record his voice for interviews, but also disapproves of them taking notes while they are talking to him.

59. And seriously, Prince is his real name. Prince Rogers Nelson.



Purplelicious Love Always

In 1979 I first heard my first Prince song, it was called "I Wanna Be Your Lover". Had to ask the record store employee who it was, and he told me Prince. I had no clue who this Prince was. See I was into the rock band KISS very deeply back than. Never gave it much thought, til a year later when I heard "Let's Work". Again, I had to ask "Who is this guy"? Well after learning that it was Prince, I went out and bought the cassette tape of "Controversy". U can say I literally fell in love with this guy. Over the next 2 years, I was introduced to "Dirty Mind", and "1999". Loved the whole "1999" album, such a fantastic double LP. Well in 1984 as most of U know,"Purple Rain" dropped. I went out and bought the cassette,than the LP. Than I saw the movie,and the rest is PRINCEtory. I could not get enough of Prince. I bought all his pass LP's, every cassette,and anything Prince Related that I could find. I collected news stories, articles, posters,pictures,U name it;if it was PRINCE I wanted it.Even collected all of his protege bands,"The Family""Vanity 6",later "Apollonia 6",all of "The Times" music,"Sheila E",even rare obscure bands like "Good Question". My bedroom walls were covered with Prince posters and pictures. In 1985 I called Minnesota 411/information asking for the numbers of the band members of "The Revolution".The operator gave me a listing 4 Robert Rivkin aka "Bobby 'Z". On a whim I called the number, and a man answers the phone. "Hello", I asked;'Is this Bobby 'Z from "The Revolution"? He stated yes and we talked for about an hour. Over the next several weeks I would call him up and chat about life,music and Prince and The Band. I mailed him the LP sleeve from "Dirty Mind",he signed it and returned it.I called 2 thank him and asked if he could please,pretty please get Prince's autograph 4 me. Well he laughs and says,"If ya know Prince,like I think U do, ya know that might be hard"!? I mailed him 2 postcards,prestamped, a few days later I received the postcards in the mail box. One signed by Bobby 'Z "Reach 4 The Sky" Bobby 'Z;and the other by our man himself. Simply stated;"LOVE GOD" PRINCE. I could not believe that I was actually holding those postcard in my hands. Was so C.O.O.L 2 have that in my collection. I did call Bobby up and thank him,but never got 2 speak 2 him again,as he had 2 have his number changed for privacy reasons,which I totally understand. His music took me on a musical journey like no other artist or band had ever done before in my lifetime! Needless 2 say,no one else has even come close,now or ever will 2 remotely touching the pure raw and GOD given talent of Prince..In 1986 my Mother bought me a ticket 2 go see my first Prince concert. It was in Denver Colorado. The "Parade" tour. Soundtrack from another cool movie by Prince, "Under The Cherry Moon. I was so blown away and on such and epic high during that show.Watching him and his band tear through song after song, and all of those fancy moves,guitar playing,drum playing, and that voice. I had more than one eargasm! After that show it took me several days to come down, well I don't think that I ever did. I continued 2 grab everything Prince and Prince related I could find. So many great albums continued to flow,unfortunately around 1991 I kinda fell out of listening 2 Prince's music. I'd occasionally hear a cut on the radio and know right away that it was him,but I sorta moved on in a different direction, and started jamming rap,R&B, and the whole gangsta era. But as anybody that loves Prince and his music knows, Once ya go purple, ya can never leave. Prince is more than a musical interest,he is a life style, he is the way we live,he is the way we love, he is life and when it comes 2 us Purple Hippie's;there is no turning back from the pure love and admiration 4 him. In 1997 I was living in Las Vegas, and Prince was coming 2 town 4 his "Jam of the Year" concert.A local radio station was giving away tickets, and I was lucky 2 score 2 excellent tickets, and great seats. Took a lil lovely 2 the show with me, and as usual, Prince put on an amazing show. It would take several weeks 2 come off of that funky high. Well 2 be honest, I do not think we ever come off of that HIGH after seeing Prince preform,the memories remain in our minds,heart body and souls. Seeing Prince in concert is not just and experience, it is 4ever life changing. I continued to collect his music and memorabilia, and watch all of his amazing videos. This man changed my views on life,on love and my whole outlook and being. I never got the pleasure 2 see Prince preform in concert ever again. Even though I live fairly close 2 Paisley Park,about 6 hours. I never had the opportunity 2 see him there. I kept saying 2 myself;"One Day Soon". Well as everyone knows, Our Dearly Beloved Prince Rogers Nelson passed away on April 21st at Paisley Park. My life has not or never will be the same after I heard of the passing of such a truly talented man. The days and nights since this tragic and heart breaking news has been extremely rough and so hard 2 deal with. I have cried,screamed,yelled and broke stuff. I now try 2 smile and heal through all the amazing songs and videos that we were so gifted 2 receive from such a legend. Prince is an icon,a genius,Prince is music. In closing, I just want 2 say that I was and am truly blessed 2 have had Prince and all of his fantastic bands,and band mate's in my lifetime.I may have never of met U Prince, but I feel like I have and have lived and loved vicariously through U. 
Thank U So Much 4 An Amazing Journey. O(+>
Irresistible Rich aka Rich Cranmore


From the opening song "1999" and Prince telling us "Don't Worry I Won't Hurt U" He only wanted us 2 have some fun. And we most definitely did with this one. All the way 2 the end waiting 4 the aircraft 2 come 2 a complete stop on "International Lover". The 1982 Double LP is a true master piece in so many ways. With infectious grooves like the dance beat of D.M.S.R & Automatic. 2 the power balladsof "Free" and "Little Red Corvette". This LP was and is one of the greatest in Prince's career and remains a main stay 4 many fans,radio stations,DJ's and Night Clubs ... and pop culture. Along with the main stream radio hits, there is the up tempo funk of "Lady Cab Driver" & "Let's Pretend We're Married". Prince took us on a a magical tour of love,lust and his journey in2 a New Revolution of Dance,Pop,Funk & Roll. "All The Critics Love U In New York" & All Over The World. It must be "Something In The Water(Does Not Compute)"!? All I know is this one makes me "Delirious".....Thank U Prince & The Revolution 4 this cult classic.
What are some of your favorite songs or lyrics? 

Life Is A Parade

My First Prince Concert

In 1986 Prince premiered his movie "Under The Cherry Moon" to a lucky Mtv contest winner in Sheridan,Wyoming. A few days later on July 3rd,Prince came 2 Denver,Colorado and did a concert there. It was a "one off show",as he had no plans 2 tour supporting the "Parade" LP stateside. A warm up gig b4 he went overseas. My Mother knew how much I wanted 2 loved Prince and how funky it would be 4 me 2 go see him in concert. She drove from Lusk,Wyoming 2 Denver and got me one ticket 4 the show.My ticket was only $17.50. Than the day of the show we drove 2 Denver and she dropped me off at the now de funked McNichols Arena . I was mesmerised when Prince and the somewhat "Revolution" at the time took the stage. I had great seats and the place was packed. Prince and the band jammed for over 2 hours and kicked out 24 funky jams 2 my pleasure and 17,00 plus others. It was such an amazing night. After the show I was so excited and high from the rush of the concert. My ears ringing with the fantastic music of His Royal Badness. My Mom picked me up several blocks away and the first thing she asked was; "How was it"? I grabbed her and gave her a big kiss and hug and thanked her 4 a fantastic night. See she claimed this was an early birthday present,b day is in September. So yeah she did not have 2 get me anything else. I was set and happy. I talked her ear off all the way back 2 my country living lil town of Lusk,Wyoming telling her about the show,what he played and what they wore. And of course, we(well at least I) listened 2 Prince all the way home. Thank U Mom 4 An Incredible Night. And thank U Prince and the Revolution 4 a funktastic concert!


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