Prince Once Tricked Chaka Khan Into A Studio Session By Impersonating Sly Stone
Last night Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Bilal and the gamut of modern and classic soul and funk stars aligned at St. Paul’s XCel Energy Center to pay tribute to our dearly beloved, Prince. Most accounts tell us the evening was nothing short of magical with all sorts of Purple disciples taking part, including Morris Day & The Time, Andre Cymone, The New Power Generation and more.
But just before taking the stage, Khan, a longtime friend and collaborator of His Purple Majesty shed some light on their very first encounter. Sitting with Billboard, the r&b queen revealed that although their admiration for another was mutual (culminating in her platinum-selling cover of “Feel For You” in 1984) it began with a bit of a jest. According to Khan, Prince first lured her into the studio by calling up her hotel room and impersonating Sly Stone, who she had always revered, and rightfully so. And though she was too flustered to actually sit in on the session upon realizing that it was actually a playful and young Prince Rogers Nelson that had called upon her soulful service, they would eventually become close and work together on her 1998 album, Come 2 My House, recorded at the fabled Paisley Park compound with identities fully disclosed.
Read up on that rare glimpse into Prince mischievous ways by hitting the link below and hold tight for a full recap of last night’s tribute.