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…
HOW MORRIS DAY'S BEAUTIFUL MOTHER ALMOST GOT THEM SIGNED TO ISAAC HAYES
Our first brush with fame was kind of a false start. Morris’ mom was beautiful, a gorgeous woman who reminded me of Pam Grier. I was completely and utterly in love. She could say, "We’re doing a gig on the moon" and I’d be early, which was rare for me. But she somehow knew people like Redd Foxx and Isaac Hayes. She got in touch with Hayes and said she was managing this group with her son and would he be interested in getting involved. I think she must have sent him one of our demos. He said yes and was going to help us become superstars. She told me that and I quit school, telling everyone we’re going to have tutors and all that kind of stuff. Prince was smart. He kept going to school. So all this stuff was supposed to happen [through Isaac Hayes] and then somebody showed me a copy of Jet magazine with a story that about Isaac Hayes filing for bankruptcy. I thought, "OK, guess I have to go back to school." That was the first brush I can recall. After that, Prince got his record deal and that became what that became.
Source: Billboard Magazine
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