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When Prince Heard the Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ for the First Time: Exclusive Interview

Check out the article published by DIFFUSER entitled "When Prince Heard the Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ for the First Time: Exclusive Interview":

http://diffuser.fm/prince-sgt-pepper/
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Reply #1 posted 05/27/17 9:44am

PeteSilas

interesting, he denied the beatles influenced ATWIAD just like he denied the hendrix influence on his guitar playing in the 85 rs interview.

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Reply #2 posted 05/27/17 1:13pm

paulludvig

I don't believe he had never heard The Beatles. But perhaps he wasn't very into them at first.

The wooh is on the one!
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Reply #3 posted 05/27/17 1:38pm

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paulludvig said:

I don't believe he had never heard The Beatles. But perhaps he wasn't very into them at first.

To be fair, I had never listened to a Beatles album until 2009 when I was 27. I'd heard them obviously, but never listened to their music properly. It was mind blowing when I did, especially their '66-'68 work.

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Reply #4 posted 05/27/17 2:33pm

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I (with my non-musician self nothwithstanding), HAVE NEVER LISTENED TO A BEATLES ALBUM....and probably won't. There are lots more ppl like me. early 40s here btw. I've stated elsewhere on threads that to me they're highly overrated. And yes, I feel like i can base that on having never heard an album. Their ubiquity has exposed me enough to know I'm not pressed to hear a full album. I don't like their voices and no melody I've heard has compelled to explore more. So P having not heard them is not unbelievable at all. They're NOT universally loved as some might have u think.

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Reply #5 posted 05/27/17 3:01pm

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PeteSilas said:

interesting, he denied the beatles influenced ATWIAD just like he denied the hendrix influence on his guitar playing in the 85 rs interview.


He always said he was Santana was his man.
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Reply #6 posted 05/27/17 3:04pm

rdhull

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Man, everyone heard the Beatles! I'm younger than he is/was and their music was and still is inescapable. Everyone heard the song Sgt Peppers and other songs from it all the damn time. Even bums the homeless the infirm the mentally ill

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c'mon baby, where's ya guts?
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Reply #7 posted 05/27/17 3:05pm

SoulAlive

the Beatles influence in Prince's music is undeniable,especially on the albums Around The World In A Day and Parade.

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Reply #8 posted 05/27/17 3:07pm

SoulAlive

rdhull said:

Man, everyone heard the Beatles! I'm younger than he is/was and their music was and still is inescapable. Everyone heard the song Sgt Peppers and other dogs from it all the damn time. even bums the homeless the infirm the mentally ill etc

So true smile a person would have to be literally living under a rock to have not heard the Beatles,lol.

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Reply #9 posted 05/27/17 4:15pm

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Their ubiquity is a pox on us all!
Feel free to join in the Prince Album Poll 2018! Let'a celebrate his legacy by counting down the most beloved Prince albums, as decided by you!
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Reply #10 posted 05/27/17 4:19pm

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Beatles are the most over rated thing in music since ELVIS... Beatles songs sound like corny fairground melodies... Who would even buy a ticket to see them play live in concert, they stand in the same place without moving for 2 hours... Sorry, I like my artists to have some SOUL.

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Reply #11 posted 05/27/17 4:27pm

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Moonbeam said:

Their ubiquity is a pox on us all!

lol

"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything." --Plato
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Reply #12 posted 05/27/17 5:16pm

RJOrion

feeluupp said:

Beatles are the most over rated thing in music since ELVIS... Beatles songs sound like corny fairground melodies... Who would even buy a ticket to see them play live in concert, they stand in the same place without moving for 2 hours... Sorry, I like my artists to have some SOUL.

all my life, i used to feel the same exact way...but, the last few years ive become a student of their catalog... the Magical Mystery Tour album is the one that finally got me into them... Let It Be and Revolver are great albums too...

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Reply #13 posted 05/27/17 5:27pm

SoulAlive

have you guys seen this 50th anniversary set? Freakin' amazing! eek clapping

The most ambitious reissue yet of an individual album from the Beatles’ catalog has just been released.It is an expanded and newly remixed edition of the Fab Four’s 1967 pop masterpiece, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”

Consistently ranked by critics and fans among the most influential rock albums of all time, “Sgt. Pepper” is being reissued in multiple formats and editions, including new stereo and surround-sound audio mixes along with nearly three dozen previously unreleased recordings from the same sessions.

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Reply #14 posted 05/27/17 5:50pm

RJOrion

paulludvig said:

I don't believe he had never heard The Beatles. But perhaps he wasn't very into them at first.

alot of black people didnt listen to The Beatles... in spite of their popularity and overexposure, black folks (generally speaking) didnt buy Beatles records, and Black radio didnt play their music, so for Prince to have never been exposed to their albums, is completely normal in the Black experience ...

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Reply #15 posted 05/27/17 5:50pm

rdhull

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Moonbeam said:

Their ubiquity is a pox on us all!


While I agree that they make this white rock 'n' roll band consistently in the public eye for the last 50 years or so or whatever and not give props to other people like Chuck Berry or prop Muddy Waters little Richard, the original gods the ones who inspired them… The Beatles were great with their melodies their song craft their experimentation and the beginning of hard rock just listen to helter-skelter that shit kicks ass and is purveyor of hard rock
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Reply #16 posted 05/27/17 5:52pm

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RJOrion said:

feeluupp said:

Beatles are the most over rated thing in music since ELVIS... Beatles songs sound like corny fairground melodies... Who would even buy a ticket to see them play live in concert, they stand in the same place without moving for 2 hours... Sorry, I like my artists to have some SOUL.

all my life, i used to feel the same exact way...but, the last few years ive become a student of their catalog... the Magical Mystery Tour album is the one that finally got me into them... Let It Be and Revolver are great albums too...

I'll gladly play my Curtis Mayfield, Sade, Bowie records over The Beatles anyday. lol lol

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Reply #17 posted 05/27/17 5:54pm

rdhull

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RJOrion said:



paulludvig said:


I don't believe he had never heard The Beatles. But perhaps he wasn't very into them at first.






alot of black people didnt listen to The Beatles... in spite of their popularity and overexposure, black folks (generally speaking) didnt buy Beatles records, and Black radio didnt play their music, so for Prince to have never been exposed to their albums, is completely normal in the Black experience ...


Aretha Muddy Waters Wilson Pickett Lakeside etc etc all have done Beatles covers
c'mon baby, where's ya guts?
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Reply #18 posted 05/27/17 6:07pm

rdhull

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Badassery and soulful as fuck
c'mon baby, where's ya guts?
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Reply #19 posted 05/27/17 6:33pm

RJOrion

rdhull said:

RJOrion said:

alot of black people didnt listen to The Beatles... in spite of their popularity and overexposure, black folks (generally speaking) didnt buy Beatles records, and Black radio didnt play their music, so for Prince to have never been exposed to their albums, is completely normal in the Black experience ...

Aretha Muddy Waters Wilson Pickett Lakeside etc etc all have done Beatles covers

black artists did Beatles covers because it was potentially profitable, when trying to cross their music over to the white (pop) charts, and white people in general, to diversify their appeal...Berry Gordy always had Motown acts doing show tunes and Beatles covers in attempt to cash in...but trust me, Black folks wasnt checking for no Beatles and Stones and Elvis, when they were in their primes...we saw them right away as culture vulures, stealing from the old blues acts like Muddy Waters and Robert Johnson... but upon further careful review, The Beatles (especially under George Martin's guidance) cooked up some compelling stuff...

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Reply #20 posted 05/27/17 6:37pm

datdude

Moonbeam said:

Their ubiquity is a pox on us all!


Thanks Moonbeam, could not have said it better
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Reply #21 posted 05/27/17 6:37pm

RJOrion

its not like Wilson Pickett and Aretha and them grew up on Beatles joints and then got famous, and decided to re-record their stuff out of love...nah...their label & management was trying to cash in and ride the wave that was hot...

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Reply #22 posted 05/27/17 6:43pm

RJOrion

Prince definitely was influenced by Magical Mystery tour... Christopher Tracy's Parade and Magical Mystery Tour as opening songs on each album, have the same feel and spirit..

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Reply #23 posted 05/27/17 6:46pm

rdhull

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RJOrion said:

rdhull said:

RJOrion said: Aretha Muddy Waters Wilson Pickett Lakeside etc etc all have done Beatles covers

black artists did Beatles covers because it was potentially profitable, when trying to cross their music over to the white (pop) charts, and white people in general, to diversify their appeal..

Not all the time and the ones I provided a quick example off the dome versions were anything but crossover style. They were gutbucket soul versions. Nothinggggg like Motown attempts at mass appeal for the white masses.

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Reply #24 posted 05/27/17 6:48pm

rdhull

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RJOrion said:

its not like Wilson Pickett and Aretha and them grew up on Beatles joints and then got famous, and decided to re-record their stuff out of love...nah...their label & management was trying to cash in and ride the wave that was hot...

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Of course they didnt grow up on them lol. WTF? That does not mean they weren't fans of them and the songwriting.

Yes, they loved them.

You must be high lol

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Reply #25 posted 05/27/17 6:52pm

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rdhull said:

Badassery and soulful as fuck

Don't forget Billy Preston...

"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything." --Plato
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Reply #26 posted 05/27/17 6:53pm

rdhull

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purplethunder3121 said:

rdhull said:

Badassery and soulful as fuck

Don't forget Billy Preston...

Yeah..Billy was the 5th (or 6th since George Martin was considered a member) of the Beatles.

c'mon baby, where's ya guts?
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Reply #27 posted 05/27/17 6:56pm

RJOrion

rdhull said:

RJOrion said:

its not like Wilson Pickett and Aretha and them grew up on Beatles joints and then got famous, and decided to re-record their stuff out of love...nah...their label & management was trying to cash in and ride the wave that was hot...

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Of course they didnt grow up on them lol. WTF? That does not mean they were fans of them and the songwriting.

Yes, they loved them.

You uist be high lol

no not high...but what im saying is...yes, other artists who were easily exposed to, and even crossed paths with the Beatles did respect them, and re-record their stuff... but in general, if you go through the majority of black americans record or music collections and you will most likely not find any Beatles stuff...

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Reply #28 posted 05/27/17 6:56pm

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So overall my point is that yes, black people did listen to the Beatles. Regardless if you think it was for crossover, crossfit, or cross burnings. Those and other prominent black artists covering the songs meant that their black audience were also listening to the covers and sch. It wasnt as if they covered there ears when the artists covers of the Beatles songs were played.

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c'mon baby, where's ya guts?
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Reply #29 posted 05/27/17 7:07pm

RJOrion

rdhull said:

So overall my pojnt is that yes, black people did listen to the Beatles. Regardless if you think it was for crossover, crossfit, or cross burnings. Those and other prominent black artists covering the songs meant that their black audience were also listening to the covers and sch. It wasnt as if they covered there ears when the artists covers of the Beatles songs were played.

are you black?...di you have Beatles records growing up?...did your Black parents?...did your Black friends?...

i completely understand that Black people were aware of the Beatles and even heard their songs on the radio...my point is, as a demographic, we were not consumers of, or fans of the Beatles, its cool that you found some acts who did record their songs, but thats not my point or counterpoint...

and just because Lakeside sang a Beatles song doesnt mean Lakeside fans were curling up in front of a fire listening to "Long & Winding Road".... not at all..

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