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Stories about Prince from Big Chick's Daughters

Prince Memories

By Tina and Melissa Huntsberry (Big Chick’s daughters)

Thinking back to when you first met Prince… your first impressions.

TINA HUNTSBERRY: Prince moved us to Minnesota in July of 83, so dad (Big Chick) would be closer to him. We lived 5 minutes away from each other. I remember the first night in our new house…dad told all 6 of us kids that the mosquito’s would carry you away in Minnesota. So when we went in and out to spray raid around the door. (we were busy moving stuff inside from the uhaul). Well, there was a knock at the door and I figured one of the kids locked themselves out. I quick opened the door while spraying Raid and there stood Prince. With Raid all over him. I wanted to run and hide. lol! All he said was “Chick here?!” My first impressions? I thought he was hot as hell! Sexy Mother F*c#er! Man could he dance, too!

MELISSA HUNTSBERRY: I agree. We all crushed on him. I was a freshman in high school. I thought he was amazing! He was a great musician that could make his guitar sing. I talked to him like he was one of our family. He liked that. I asked him what his favorite pizza was and he said Chalet Pizza. It was located in Chanhassen.

Prince loved mom’s cooking and would come over for picnics, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc.

TINA HUNTSBERRY: There were many fond memories of the Purple Rain times. I’d watch his house while he was out of town, and my sisters would come stay with me once in awhile. We watched The Grammys and Award shows while sitting in his living room. We thought that was THE greatest thing EVER. One time I had to go over to Prince’s house to watch for the limo driver and let him into the gate while Prince was getting ready. I was mowing grass at the time and had the sniffles (allergies). So, I let myself in and went up to the office and sat watching for the limo. Prince came into the office. He started cutting up a t-shirt to wear out that night. We sat in silence, me staring out the window and him cutting away at the shirt. He said “Whats wrong with you?!” I said “Allergic to grass”…..big long silent moment goes by and he says “The kind you smoke?” I said, “The kind you mow”. lol! He just gave one of his cute grins and away he went to finish getting ready.

Prince decided to take us girls with him to ballet class during Purple Rain production one day. It was Prince and the Revolution, Jill Jones, Vanity 6 maybe? It was so long ago, can’t remember. I know the Time might have taken the class afterwards because they’d be out in the hallway making faces and watching through the glass door. Making fun of each other. The teacher would get so mad and scold all of them for acting up and not taking things seriously. He even threatened to quit and walk out. It was quite humorous. They had us doing leaps across the floor and stuff. Embarrassing! Some of the guys and gals were good, some not so good.

MELISSA HUNTSBERRY: Prince had the best leaps in that class by far. The band goofed around a lot, as did Prince. We got to take the class too, dad’s daughters. It was a lot of fun to grow up around Prince and the experiences. We got to go to concerts galore, and rode on his tour bus, limousines, and stayed in hotels all VIP. We also attended many parties. I wouldn’t trade those days for anything.

TINA HUNTSBERRY: When my husband and I first got married, I walked into the rehearsal warehouse and Prince was rehearsing. He saw me and broke into “Tina Kahn, Tina Kahn, let me rock ya, let me rock ya Tina Kahn” (in place of Chaka Kahn). Lol

They use to love to pull pranks on each other while out on tour. I guess that was a way to ease the tension and keep the stress down. I do know Prince would call dads room and prank him on the phone a lot. Ha! They would also put a fake name on the front of their tour bus. (another band name). My stomach would always hurt from laughing so much.

MELISSA HUNTSBERRY: Prince also came to the dinner theater just to hear me sing in the junior Miss pageant. I sang “Let’s hear it for the boy” and got a standing ovation. Prince whistled and left after I sang. I was in awe that he came. Paul Peterson from the Time attended as well. He did my track for the song and Jerome helped with the choreography. So cool.

Big Chick was a towering figure, were there ever any other artists who tried to get him to leave Prince’s employment so they could have him?

TINA: One person that tried to get dad from Prince was Michael Jackson. They both were recording at Sunset Sound in CA at the time and on breaks would go out and play basketball. The ball was headed right for Michael’s face (you know that would have done serious damage to his nose!). Dad blocked it. After that he was after dad and offered him double the salary and a house in CA. Dad, being the loyal person he was, refused and stuck with Prince.

MELISSA: Michael Jackson wanted dad. They liked to shoot hoops. One time they were shooting hoops with Michael, and dad blocked a ball from hitting Michael’s face. Michael was in awe. Dad had huge hands. Prince wasn’t having it. Dad thought of Prince as family – so did we.

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Reply #1 posted 10/08/17 6:45pm

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Yeah, Big Chick was sooo loyal to Prince, he sold him out to the tabloids. rolleyes

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Reply #2 posted 10/08/17 6:53pm

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laurarichardson said:

Prince Memories

By Tina and Melissa Huntsberry (Big Chick’s daughters)

Thinking back to when you first met Prince… your first impressions.

TINA HUNTSBERRY: Prince moved us to Minnesota in July of 83, so dad (Big Chick) would be closer to him. We lived 5 minutes away from each other. I remember the first night in our new house…dad told all 6 of us kids that the mosquito’s would carry you away in Minnesota. So when we went in and out to spray raid around the door. (we were busy moving stuff inside from the uhaul). Well, there was a knock at the door and I figured one of the kids locked themselves out. I quick opened the door while spraying Raid and there stood Prince. With Raid all over him. I wanted to run and hide. lol! All he said was “Chick here?!” My first impressions? I thought he was hot as hell! Sexy Mother F*c#er! Man could he dance, too!

MELISSA HUNTSBERRY: I agree. We all crushed on him. I was a freshman in high school. I thought he was amazing! He was a great musician that could make his guitar sing. I talked to him like he was one of our family. He liked that. I asked him what his favorite pizza was and he said Chalet Pizza. It was located in Chanhassen.

Prince loved mom’s cooking and would come over for picnics, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc.

TINA HUNTSBERRY: There were many fond memories of the Purple Rain times. I’d watch his house while he was out of town, and my sisters would come stay with me once in awhile. We watched The Grammys and Award shows while sitting in his living room. We thought that was THE greatest thing EVER. One time I had to go over to Prince’s house to watch for the limo driver and let him into the gate while Prince was getting ready. I was mowing grass at the time and had the sniffles (allergies). So, I let myself in and went up to the office and sat watching for the limo. Prince came into the office. He started cutting up a t-shirt to wear out that night. We sat in silence, me staring out the window and him cutting away at the shirt. He said “Whats wrong with you?!” I said “Allergic to grass”…..big long silent moment goes by and he says “The kind you smoke?” I said, “The kind you mow”. lol! He just gave one of his cute grins and away he went to finish getting ready.

Prince decided to take us girls with him to ballet class during Purple Rain production one day. It was Prince and the Revolution, Jill Jones, Vanity 6 maybe? It was so long ago, can’t remember. I know the Time might have taken the class afterwards because they’d be out in the hallway making faces and watching through the glass door. Making fun of each other. The teacher would get so mad and scold all of them for acting up and not taking things seriously. He even threatened to quit and walk out. It was quite humorous. They had us doing leaps across the floor and stuff. Embarrassing! Some of the guys and gals were good, some not so good.

MELISSA HUNTSBERRY: Prince had the best leaps in that class by far. The band goofed around a lot, as did Prince. We got to take the class too, dad’s daughters. It was a lot of fun to grow up around Prince and the experiences. We got to go to concerts galore, and rode on his tour bus, limousines, and stayed in hotels all VIP. We also attended many parties. I wouldn’t trade those days for anything.

TINA HUNTSBERRY: When my husband and I first got married, I walked into the rehearsal warehouse and Prince was rehearsing. He saw me and broke into “Tina Kahn, Tina Kahn, let me rock ya, let me rock ya Tina Kahn” (in place of Chaka Kahn). Lol

They use to love to pull pranks on each other while out on tour. I guess that was a way to ease the tension and keep the stress down. I do know Prince would call dads room and prank him on the phone a lot. Ha! They would also put a fake name on the front of their tour bus. (another band name). My stomach would always hurt from laughing so much.

MELISSA HUNTSBERRY: Prince also came to the dinner theater just to hear me sing in the junior Miss pageant. I sang “Let’s hear it for the boy” and got a standing ovation. Prince whistled and left after I sang. I was in awe that he came. Paul Peterson from the Time attended as well. He did my track for the song and Jerome helped with the choreography. So cool.

Big Chick was a towering figure, were there ever any other artists who tried to get him to leave Prince’s employment so they could have him?

TINA: One person that tried to get dad from Prince was Michael Jackson. They both were recording at Sunset Sound in CA at the time and on breaks would go out and play basketball. The ball was headed right for Michael’s face (you know that would have done serious damage to his nose!). Dad blocked it. After that he was after dad and offered him double the salary and a house in CA. Dad, being the loyal person he was, refused and stuck with Prince.

MELISSA: Michael Jackson wanted dad. They liked to shoot hoops. One time they were shooting hoops with Michael, and dad blocked a ball from hitting Michael’s face. Michael was in awe. Dad had huge hands. Prince wasn’t having it. Dad thought of Prince as family – so did we.

LOL

thanks for that Laura

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Reply #3 posted 10/08/17 7:37pm

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He was a drug addict at the time. Prince forgave him. Chick regretted it. They were on good terms when chick died. He certainly wouldn't be the first person or only person to sell Prince out. At least it was a brief story done when Prince was alive to refute it.

PennyPurple said:

Yeah, Big Chick was sooo loyal to Prince, he sold him out to the tabloids. rolleyes

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Reply #4 posted 10/08/17 8:35pm

Lovejunky

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purplerabbithole said:

He was a drug addict at the time. Prince forgave him. Chick regretted it. They were on good terms when chick died. He certainly wouldn't be the first person or only person to sell Prince out. At least it was a brief story done when Prince was alive to refute it.

PennyPurple said:

Yeah, Big Chick was sooo loyal to Prince, he sold him out to the tabloids. rolleyes

The POWER of foregiveness

WHen someone truly forgives, you are filled with regret

any pain you gave to someone else

will be now borne by you..+ Interest

thats Gods work

“LOVE IS THE MASTERPLAN”
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Reply #5 posted 10/08/17 9:28pm

Strawberrylova
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Love this
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Reply #6 posted 10/09/17 7:15am

laurarichardso
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PennyPurple said:

Yeah, Big Chick was sooo loyal to Prince, he sold him out to the tabloids. rolleyes


He was a drug addict at the time. Prince forgave him and Big Chick admitted he made up all that crap which showed some integrity.
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Reply #7 posted 10/09/17 8:26am

ufoclub

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Cool stories! I love hearing about Prince outside of the studio or stage.

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Reply #8 posted 10/09/17 9:17am

morningsong

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Great interview.

“Do I dare Disturb the universe?”
― T.S. Eliot

“Only by acceptance of the past, can you alter it”
― T.S. Eliot
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Reply #9 posted 10/09/17 10:46am

BigChick

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Great Stories.

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Reply #10 posted 10/09/17 11:50am

luv2tha99s

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Awesome!
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Reply #11 posted 10/09/17 12:59pm

anangellooksdo
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Lovejunky said:



purplerabbithole said:


He was a drug addict at the time. Prince forgave him. Chick regretted it. They were on good terms when chick died. He certainly wouldn't be the first person or only person to sell Prince out. At least it was a brief story done when Prince was alive to refute it.





PennyPurple said:


Yeah, Big Chick was sooo loyal to Prince, he sold him out to the tabloids. rolleyes





The POWER of foregiveness



WHen someone truly forgives, you are filled with regret



any pain you gave to someone else


will be now borne by you..+ Interest


thats Gods work



Wow. Love that, LoveJunky.
~Paisley Park is in your heart~
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Reply #12 posted 10/09/17 12:59pm

anangellooksdo
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Thank you, L. I loved this.
~Paisley Park is in your heart~
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Reply #13 posted 10/09/17 1:30pm

AnaisDeParis

laurarichardson said:

Prince Memories

By Tina and Melissa Huntsberry (Big Chick’s daughters)

Thinking back to when you first met Prince… your first impressions.

TINA HUNTSBERRY: Prince moved us to Minnesota in July of 83, so dad (Big Chick) would be closer to him. We lived 5 minutes away from each other. I remember the first night in our new house…dad told all 6 of us kids that the mosquito’s would carry you away in Minnesota. So when we went in and out to spray raid around the door. (we were busy moving stuff inside from the uhaul). Well, there was a knock at the door and I figured one of the kids locked themselves out. I quick opened the door while spraying Raid and there stood Prince. With Raid all over him. I wanted to run and hide. lol! All he said was “Chick here?!” My first impressions? I thought he was hot as hell! Sexy Mother F*c#er! Man could he dance, too!

MELISSA HUNTSBERRY: I agree. We all crushed on him. I was a freshman in high school. I thought he was amazing! He was a great musician that could make his guitar sing. I talked to him like he was one of our family. He liked that. I asked him what his favorite pizza was and he said Chalet Pizza. It was located in Chanhassen.

Prince loved mom’s cooking and would come over for picnics, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc.

TINA HUNTSBERRY: There were many fond memories of the Purple Rain times. I’d watch his house while he was out of town, and my sisters would come stay with me once in awhile. We watched The Grammys and Award shows while sitting in his living room. We thought that was THE greatest thing EVER. One time I had to go over to Prince’s house to watch for the limo driver and let him into the gate while Prince was getting ready. I was mowing grass at the time and had the sniffles (allergies). So, I let myself in and went up to the office and sat watching for the limo. Prince came into the office. He started cutting up a t-shirt to wear out that night. We sat in silence, me staring out the window and him cutting away at the shirt. He said “Whats wrong with you?!” I said “Allergic to grass”…..big long silent moment goes by and he says “The kind you smoke?” I said, “The kind you mow”. lol! He just gave one of his cute grins and away he went to finish getting ready.

Prince decided to take us girls with him to ballet class during Purple Rain production one day. It was Prince and the Revolution, Jill Jones, Vanity 6 maybe? It was so long ago, can’t remember. I know the Time might have taken the class afterwards because they’d be out in the hallway making faces and watching through the glass door. Making fun of each other. The teacher would get so mad and scold all of them for acting up and not taking things seriously. He even threatened to quit and walk out. It was quite humorous. They had us doing leaps across the floor and stuff. Embarrassing! Some of the guys and gals were good, some not so good.

MELISSA HUNTSBERRY: Prince had the best leaps in that class by far. The band goofed around a lot, as did Prince. We got to take the class too, dad’s daughters. It was a lot of fun to grow up around Prince and the experiences. We got to go to concerts galore, and rode on his tour bus, limousines, and stayed in hotels all VIP. We also attended many parties. I wouldn’t trade those days for anything.

TINA HUNTSBERRY: When my husband and I first got married, I walked into the rehearsal warehouse and Prince was rehearsing. He saw me and broke into “Tina Kahn, Tina Kahn, let me rock ya, let me rock ya Tina Kahn” (in place of Chaka Kahn). Lol

They use to love to pull pranks on each other while out on tour. I guess that was a way to ease the tension and keep the stress down. I do know Prince would call dads room and prank him on the phone a lot. Ha! They would also put a fake name on the front of their tour bus. (another band name). My stomach would always hurt from laughing so much.

MELISSA HUNTSBERRY: Prince also came to the dinner theater just to hear me sing in the junior Miss pageant. I sang “Let’s hear it for the boy” and got a standing ovation. Prince whistled and left after I sang. I was in awe that he came. Paul Peterson from the Time attended as well. He did my track for the song and Jerome helped with the choreography. So cool.

Big Chick was a towering figure, were there ever any other artists who tried to get him to leave Prince’s employment so they could have him?

TINA: One person that tried to get dad from Prince was Michael Jackson. They both were recording at Sunset Sound in CA at the time and on breaks would go out and play basketball. The ball was headed right for Michael’s face (you know that would have done serious damage to his nose!). Dad blocked it. After that he was after dad and offered him double the salary and a house in CA. Dad, being the loyal person he was, refused and stuck with Prince.

MELISSA: Michael Jackson wanted dad. They liked to shoot hoops. One time they were shooting hoops with Michael, and dad blocked a ball from hitting Michael’s face. Michael was in awe. Dad had huge hands. Prince wasn’t having it. Dad thought of Prince as family – so did we.

What's the source of this info? Where did you find this?

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Reply #14 posted 10/09/17 2:33pm

AnaisDeParis

Found it.

http://neonrendezvous.tum...huntsberry

http://neonrendezvous.tumblr.com/post/149340338644/prince-memories-by-tina-and-melissa-huntsberry

[Edited 10/9/17 14:35pm]

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Reply #15 posted 10/09/17 4:19pm

CherryMoon57

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Such heartwarming stories, thank you for posting!

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Reply #16 posted 10/09/17 5:28pm

woogiebear

AWESOME STORIES!!!! Thanx 4 Sharing!!!

cool

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Reply #17 posted 10/09/17 6:45pm

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Those are the best "real" Prince stories I've read so far. GRACIAS!!!! smile

Make it so, Number One...
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Reply #18 posted 10/09/17 8:38pm

AnnaStesia10

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Thanx LR for posting this!
"A strong spirit transcends rules." - Prince
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Reply #19 posted 10/09/17 9:22pm

ISaidLifeIsJus
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P also filed a lawsuit against Chick's wife Linda in 1999 but I dont know why.

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Reply #20 posted 10/10/17 1:32am

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ISaidLifeIsJustAGame said:

P also filed a lawsuit against Chick's wife Linda in 1999 but I dont know why.



--The suits looked like they had something to do with real estate.
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Reply #21 posted 10/10/17 4:34am

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Big Chick acquired a drug problem and sold Prince out to the National Enquirer. Later he got clean and admitted that he did this for money. Prince took him back. When Big Chick died, Prince held a $100/ticket benefit concert raising $45,000 for Big Chick's wife and 6 children.

This says a LOT about the person Prince was. 💜❤️
~Paisley Park is in your heart~
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Reply #22 posted 10/10/17 4:37am

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It also says a lot about Big Chick, that he admitted his faults.
This says a lot in general about the healing that can happen in relationships when people have the humility to straighten out their mistakes. 🙂
~Paisley Park is in your heart~
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Reply #23 posted 10/10/17 12:10pm

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biggrin

You can walk a mile in my shoes. But you can't dance a step in my feet.
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Reply #24 posted 10/10/17 8:47pm

dance4me3121

This thread made my day! Thank you for sharing
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