Before They Were Stars: Prince Performs with 94 East

As I’m sure you’re well aware, the world was shocked to learn that Prince unexpectedly died yesterday at the age of 57. Back when he was a teenager and still known as Prince Rogers Nelson, he hooked up with a funk band called 94 East, which was run by Pepe Willie, his cousin’s husband at the time. The Artist Formerly Known as Prince Rogers Nelson played guitar for the band and even co-wrote one of their songs, “Just Another Sucker”. So this recording is officially the first track that Prince ever composed. You can hear his guitar riffs in the background and while I don’t believe Prince contributed any vocals here, this certainly sounds like one of his songs.

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