Many Prince fans would recognize Billy Sparks right away as “Billy” the Minneapolis club owner of ‘The Ave.’ in Purple Rain. But what may Prince fans don’t know is that Billy and Prince were truly friends all the way until the day Prince passed away.
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We caught up with Billy and had a chance to hear priceless stories of why Billy carries a flip phone, of course Prince had something to do with it, little known stories from the set of Purple Rain, his fondest memory of Prince and more.
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19 Surprising Facts About Prince
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1. Prince wrote his first song at age 7. He titled it “Funk Machine.”
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2. Prince once sued Adobe Photoshop to prevent fans from altering his photos. Unfortunately, he lost.
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3. Prince’s favorite meal was spaghetti and orange juice.
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4. The “Purple Rain” soundtrack spent 24 weeks at number one on Billboard.
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5. Michael Jackson’s “Bad” was supposed to be a duet with Prince.
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6. Prince was a devout Jehovah’s Witness.
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7. In 1980, when John Lennon was murdered, Prince was only a few blocks away.
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8. Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks was supposed to write “Purple Rain,” but couldn’t handle the pressure.
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9. Family and friends called Prince “Skipper” as a kid.
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10. In 1984, Prince not only had the number one movie in the country, but also the number one single & album.
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11. Despite his small stature, Prince was a remarkable basketball player.
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12. Prince formed his first band when he was 13 years old.
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13. In 2012, Prince dissed Maroon 5 for covering “Kiss.”
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14. In 2013, Prince performed at “Star Wars” director George Lucas’ wedding.
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15. The movie “Purple Rain” cost $7 million to make and grossed over $69 million.
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16. Prince scrapped his 1987 album “The Black Album” just days before its release.
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17. Prince penned The Bangles’ “Manic Monday” and Chaka Khan’s “I Feel For U.”
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18. Prince’s dad once had a band called Prince Rogers Jazz Trio.
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19. Prince sent Janelle Monae a singing telegram asking for a copy of her “The Electric Lady” album.
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