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THE V-FILES: Prince

We went through the files here at V101.1 and found some info on Prince.

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    ©GETTY IMAGES In 1985, Prince owned a white T-bird and could often be seen driving it around North Minneapolis.
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    ©GETTY IMAGES Prince's dad, John Nelson, led the "Prince Rogers" jazz trio, which eventually became John's nickname, and then Prince's official name.
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    ©GETTY IMAGES Prince's mom's name is Mattie Shaw, and he says she's responsible for his "wild side."
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    ©GETTY IMAGES Prince is the official pioneer of "the Minneapolis sound" heralded by music mags throughout the '80s.
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    ©GETTY IMAGES 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.
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    ©GETTY IMAGES Prince was called "Skipper" when he was a little boy.
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    ©GETTY IMAGES When Prince's alias was the unpronounceable symbol, some staffers at Paisley Park just referred to him as "the dude."
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    ©GETTY IMAGES At 13, he formed Grand Central, his first band, with some high school friends.
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    ©GETTY IMAGES Prince intended Purple Rain to be darker.
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    ©GETTY IMAGES Prince said he used to get physically ill from depression during the "Dirty Mind" era.
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    ©GETTY IMAGES 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").
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    ©GETTY IMAGES 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.
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    ©GETTY IMAGES Warner Brothers sought a return on their investment in Paisley Park, which led to some artists recording there against Prince's wishes.
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    ©GETTY IMAGES Actress Kim Basinger in one of Prince's few non-brunette exes. They broke up in 1990.
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    ©GETTY IMAGES The lawsuit was dismissed when Prince's lawyers alleged Boozer collected the $70K/month rent with no complaint.
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    ©GETTY IMAGES 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.
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    ©GETTY IMAGES 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.
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    ©GETTY IMAGES The motorcycle Prince rides in Purple Rain is a customized Honda.
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    ©GETTY IMAGES Spaghetti and orange juice was Prince's favorite meal during his early years with the Revolution.
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    ©GETTY IMAGES Prince loved Billy Crystal's impersonation of him on SNL.
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    ©GETTY IMAGES Prince would stay awake for days on end when he was in the studio.
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    ©GETTY IMAGES Tevin Campbell's "Round & Round" hit single was produced by Prince.
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    ©GETTY IMAGES Prince's 1990 feature film, Graffiti Bridge, was a box-office and critical flop.
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    ©GETTY IMAGES To prepare the cast for Purple Rain, Prince enrolled them in classes at Minnesota Dance Theatre.
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    ©GETTY IMAGES Prince is a self-taught musician and producer. His first album, For You, was done completely alone.
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    ©GETTY IMAGES Prince produced trio Vanity 6, whereas the 6 refers to the breast count.
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    ©GETTY IMAGES Wendy and Lisa's only songwriting contribution to any Prince album was "Computer Blue."
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    ©GETTY IMAGES In 1975, Prince was a member of Minneapolis band 94 East.
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    ©GETTY IMAGES Prince played electric guitar on Madonna's "Like A Prayer."
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    ©GETTY IMAGES When Apollonia had to kiss Prince in Purple Rain, she was dating David Lee Roth.
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    ©GETTY IMAGES Prince removed the bassline from "When Doves Cry" to make it darker and more syncopated.
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    ©GETTY IMAGES Prince once paid a salon in Washington, D.C., to close down, black out all the windows, and do his hair.
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    ©GETTY IMAGES Prince was just blocks away from the site of John Lennon's murder when it happened.
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    ©GETTY IMAGES The yellow guitar Prince famously played in the "Gett Off" video is encased at the Smithsonian.