Prince’s Childhood Best Friend Reveals Things We Never Knew About Prince
For those who are die-hard prince fans, you may remember Prince’s childhood best friend and former band member, Andre Cymone. Andre and Prince started out together in music and Prince even lived with Andre and his family for years as a teenager. That was way back before the fame and they remained friends ’til Prince’s last day. In fact, Andre talked to Prince soon after Prince made that emergency medical landing 5 days before his untimely death. Andre has been away from the spotlight for a while, but he recently spoke with Billboard to give Prince’s fans a very touching and detailed glimpse into the interesting things they never knew about the Purple One. Check out Andre Cymone’s Billboard interview excerpts below…
MORRIS DAY EVENTUALLY ASKED TO BE IN THEIR BAND & GOT SOME HESITATION
[Andre says] I think me and Charles had a falling out. We weren’t really getting along. It’s really ironic that Morris [Day] happened to sort of come in. Morris would always come to me and say, "Man, I’m a drummer and want to play in your band. I can play." I’m like, "Dude, we have a drummer." We’d do a gig and I’d see Morris on the side. "Man, can I play in your band?" Finally, after moving up from junior high to senior high and Morris, being a little older than me, was going to that school. I’m walking down the hallway and hear “André, you gotta hear me play the drums. I’m really good.” So we go into the band room and he started playing. The drum set didn’t have a carpet under it so when he started playing, the drums are sliding. So he’s trying to play and keep the drums from falling. Eventually the drums fell off the riser and rolled down. I left and he calls me, saying, "You’ve got to come to my house and hear me play." So I went over to his house and he put on Tower Of Power’s “What is Hip” and played it lick for lick. Completely blew me away. He was left-handed and I’d never heard anybody play like that ever. I’m like, "Oh shit, you’re in."
He brought his drums over. I told Prince, "You’ve got to hear this guy." Charles was still a good friend. But I just felt we could take our whole thing to another level. Morris came, Prince heard him and we all jammed. Morris also had a white Fender Telecaster bass that sort came with the situation [laughs]. Anyway, that’s how Morris came to the band. This would have to be maybe 1973 or 1974, right around there.
Source: Billboard Magazine
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