Rogers Skipper

Prince vs Cab Calloway

Last weekend I went to see Prince at the O2. I’ve managed to grow up without knowing much about him, when I was a kid he was just some little pooftah playing music I didn’t understand. I knew enough, however, to expect a good show and, besides, it was Nic and her sister who got the tickets, together with her sister’s boyfriend, who all seem to be fans. And it was great: great show, great showmanship, great songs (including a cover of Wild Cherry’s Play That Funky Music White Boy) expertly performed and a lovely friendly and mixed crowd (got snogged by the woman in the seat behind me!).

Having never paid much attention to The Artsit, I got to asking: Who is he? And where did he come from?

Wikipedia to the rescue…

Nic emailed me on Monday with highlights from the page on Prince Rogers Nelson who, as a boy, was known as Skipper. We can’t imagine why he didn’t go with the name Rogers Skipper. During the show I watched his face on the big screens that hang from the old Millennium Dome. He’s starting to look a bit older than his carefully controlled media image. And, what’s this? I am seeing a certain similarity to another great African-American musician. On the right: Prince, on the left: Cab Calloway!

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