Skip to main content

tv   CNN Newsroom Live  CNN  April 22, 2016 12:00am-1:01am PDT

12:00 am
♪ the world mourning the death of a superstar tonight. you're looking at the historic apollo theater in harlem, where fans have been gathering all night to pay tribute to prince. this is cnn tonight, i'm don lemon. the superdome is lit in purple. prince rogers nelson found unresponsive in an elevator at paisley park studios. the cause of death still unknown, but prince leaves an incredible legacy of pop, rock, funk and soul behind, songs you can't help but dance to, like "baby, i'm a star." ♪ hey, look me over ♪ do you like what you see
12:01 am
>> so let's get right to cnn contributor and "entertainment tonight" host michelle turner. you are at paisley park. describe the scene for us. >> reporter: i mentioned it to you last hour. it's the same thing, eerily silent. i got caught up, and so many fans are saying the same thing. they're just out here to celebrate the man, celebrate the music right over here over my shoulder, can you see a huge crowd that has gathered here at paisley park. and people are milling around, talking to each other, some bringing flowers, others bringing balloons, just looking for any sign from inside the compound here, anything that they can take with them, and also just sharing memories with one another. so it is one of those, one of those nights that you'll remember for the rest of your life.
12:02 am
and i know people just kind of wanted to come out here and experience it with other fans of prince's. >> what are your sources telling you about the days, leading up to prince's death? >> reporter: yeah, there's not a lot of information coming out at this point, don, but we have gotten some new information at "entertainment tonight", this evening. sources close to our kevin frazier have been telling him that prince indeed did have the flu and that that flu turned into walking pneumonia, prince was battling a hip injury, and three was de he was dealing with all of those things, he did have some dehydration. and the source did say prince was not healthy. but we won't really know of the full picture of everything until the autopsy is done, and, again, we mentioned the autopsy will be done tomorrow, so maybe we'll get some more answers in the coming days, but apparently, he
12:03 am
was battling something pretty serious there, don. >> let's talk about his legacy and influence. he was a pioneer in every since of the word. his music, fashion. his influence in every part of the industry. >> it makes me smile and chuckle a little bit. his fashion, his style when he came back on the scene in the '80s was something we of color didn't really know and understand what a man could look like, very kind of androgenous and feminine, and i know people at home probably have these same conversations with their friends and girlfriends, and we said prince is the only man i know that can put on a pair of 6-inch high heels and have a perm that looks better than mine and i'm still wildly attracted to him.
12:04 am
that's just what he was like, this total package, this enigma wrapped in a musical genius that we all wanted more of and more of, so way before his time with his music and message that believ we've heard a lot about from van jones of humanitarianism. is something really special. so this person, i'm bummed out that we won't get to read his memoirs, because one of the things we all wanted to know is what was behind that looking-glass? like what was, who was prince rogers nelson is he end of the d day? we got a little look at "purple rain." it was loosely based on his life. but we want to know the man, when he comes home from a long die and kicks his shoes off, what does he do? what is he? >> one of my friends, we honored to share this platform today, and we were talking about some of the same things that you're saying, we said prince didn't
12:05 am
just have an afro. he also had a press and curl and doing a smoky eye before y'all knew what a smoky eye was. >> yes. yes. [ laughter ] and every woman i know said i could care less. look at that! i mean, it's sexy. that interview that you've been playing with larry king is one of the sexiest looks that i believe prince ever had. i mean, he just was kind of everything rolled up into one for a lot of people. and i have been hearing fans out here talk about those things tonight as well. it's actually been a really tough day, don, because i know you're a fan of his just like i am. so it's good to get a laugh when queer' talking about and reporting on him tonight. >> well, i went to the store, and here is my paisley purple tie that just happened to be the first thing i saw when i got off the escalator in the men's department. thank you very much, appreciate it. >> now i want to bring in a superstar who is also a friend
12:06 am
of prince, and that's none other than dionne warwick. how are you doing. >> >> caller: i'm feeling as well as can be expected under these circumstances. such a sad, sad day. >> tell me about your relationship with prince? how did you first meet? >> caller: you know, i met him back in vegas at one of the grammy awards. it was the night i presented my cousin whitney with her first grammy, and he walked up behind me, and in that very low voice, he said hello, ms. warwick, and i turned around, and there he was. you know, that was my first encounter with him. and, of course, i've gone to a couple of his shows which were spectacular, of course, such a loss. such a major, major loss. >> yeah. >> so you've gone to his shows, and i imagine you've encountered him a number of times other than him coming up behind and saying
12:07 am
"hello." in that special voice. do you have anything else you can share? >> calle >> caller: in los angeles, he would give a free concert, just a wonderful young man. just a really wonderful young man. >> and it's interesting that you say that. because a lot of people mentioned how he would call you up if you were a friend and said come to this place, and he would give these free concerts. we don't know what the cause is, but what would inspire him to still get up on stage and perform. he needed it, that's who he was. >> caller: yeah, he was entertainment in capital letters, you know, he loved what he did. and it was apparent. i mean, we're all privy to his legacy, his music, his recordings, so that will live on forever and ever and ever.
12:08 am
when you find someone that talented willing to give as much as he gave, what else can you say about him? >> you know, i just saw you last week, and then i think i saw you a couple weeks before at another event, and every time i see you, you just inspire me to live every single day. because there you are, we're at the barbershop three, and the god thing for morgan freeman. but i want to talk about you. your music doesn't get played on the same radio stations aspirins. y did you did you connect with prince? >> of course, everybody loved "purple rain." of course my favorite was "when doves cry." it was one of those that was a sensitive part of prince that i kind of connected to. >> do you know if he, you talked
12:09 am
about whitney, were they close? >> caller: i really don't know. i don't know if they were close or not. >> you have been close to so many artists. we've lost too many too young. we lost michael and whitney. now i'm reporting on prince. how do you want us to remember him, ms. warwick? >> caller: oh, wow, as a loving, giving and caring human being. that's the best i can say. he gave us himself, his time. his finances. he gave, he gave as friends, which was wonderful. he's one of the good guys. >> why is it that all those big bold names that i rattled off there, whitney, michael, prince, why dot t the talented seem to so young, do you ever wonder that? >> caller: mm-hm. i kind of say, a tag on it, you
12:10 am
know, once i say it, people stop and say, you know, maybe you're right. i think the big guy in the sky that we call god, i think he's putting together the most spectacular event that will ever, ever happen, and he's calling of the cream de la creme at the moment. >> what do you say to family and friends tonight? >> caller: oh, wow, my heartfelt condolences of course go out to them. and know that he's now at peace, he's with our maker, and he's okay. he's okay now. >> a legend celebrating the life of another legend. ms. dionne warwick, thank you for join, us on cnn tonight. >> caller: my pleasure, thank you. >> stars paying tribute tonight. justin timberlake sharing one of his earliest memories. it was raspberry beret, yes, i was 4. i instantly loved it.
12:11 am
mommy, who is that singing? seems weerird, but it's true. ♪ ♪ seems that i was busy ♪ feelin' something close to nothing ♪ y find happiness? reach their potential. stay safe. fall in love. but tonight johnson's can help with a bedtime routine clinically proven to help them fall asleep faster. and stay asleep longer. there will be things to keep us up. but tonight, we sleep. seems weird, but it's true. seems weird, but it's true.
12:12 am
12:13 am
12:14 am
president obama paying tribute today to prince, calling him brilliant, one of the most gifted and prolific musicians of our time. and "purple rain", is one of his most iconic albums.
12:15 am
joining me now is the producer of "purple rain." good evening. how are you? >> well, shocked. you know, it's been a tough day. thinking back to, you know, the very beginning, meeting him and managing him with my partner, and through five albums and then breaking as big as he did and then making "purple rain", it was a tremendous experience, and i could never thank him enough for the opportunity that he afforded me and my partner. >> how did the movie "purple rain" come about and why was it so important for prince to make it and star in it as the kid? >> well, you know, it goes back to, i guess the best way to approach it would be prince was the type of artist, he pretty much set the criteria of what he wanted. he would listen, but in the
12:16 am
bottom line, he would just think about how he saw his life, how he saw his development, and then he would pretty much come up with what he wanted to do. and the development that went on over the four albums leading up to "purple rain", a lot of that had to do with the fact that my partner and i had managed earth wind and fire and developed them into a major, major act, and we had the tools that could be brought to prince to take him further along the process, because basically, at that time in the music business, i mean, bottom line, earth wind and fire was really the first black artists that were paid like white artists. and it was a process to get them to that point, and to be blessed to have prince come into our management company, it afforded us a tremendous opportunity, because he was such a major, major talent.
12:17 am
and you could see that he was going to have control of all of the tools going forward, and he demanded that the management that was going to take him as far as he wanted to go, the demands were quite high. and when he decided that it was time to make a movie, i mean, knowing a little bit about the movie business, you'd understand that that almost sounds like let's go build a barn and put on a show. it's not easily done. and how it came about, basically, he demanded it. and my partner and i, who i wish he was here, because, you know, we did it together. and we worked very hard in different areas. we basically went around to try to get that movie made, and there wasn't much enthusiasm for it. >> why not? >> so, well, they just didn't want to make it. at that time in the business, now there's more of a synergy
12:18 am
between music and film, but back at that time, even though it was at warner bros. and we went there to try to pitch it, there wasn't that strong connection between the music side of the business and the film side of the business, so, you know, meetings were held, but the bottom line, people just could not see, you know, putting up the money for it. and so we're going along the process, trying to get this movie made, and i remember one time my partners and i were sitting down talking, and we said we better discuss this with prince, because winter's coming, you know, he feels we're going to go out and make a movie this winter, but it sure looks like it's going to be a problem. so we're having a meeting, sitting down, talking about the pluses and the minuses, and maybe we should wait till spring and maybe the market will open up a little more. and prince, he just got up at the time in the meeting, and he looked at us, and he said we
12:19 am
start shooting thanksgiving. and he walked out of the room. now what kind of a guy was prince? like, when prince said that we were shooting thanksgiving, it meant we better start shooting thanksgiving. >> mm-hm. >> and that started a process to make a movie outside the studio system. and in effect, we did it independently. and it started a rather remarkable process, you know, we don't have the time to talk about it. but the script was being developed. obviously, the music had to be rehearsed. we had to find people to make the movie. and i look back and i laugh at it. >> it was extraordinary, because he won an oscar for best original score. song score for that film. his acceptance speech said he'd never imagine winning in his wildest dream. he, i think he did realize in some way the depth of his
12:20 am
talent, but you know, he realized also, that he had to stand up for himself or no one else was going to do it. we start shooting at thanksgiving. >> that's true. and that applied to pretty much his art across the board. it's, looking back, it's remarkable. my partners and i had never made a movie. the director was right out of usc film school. he had never made a movie. and i was tasked with putting the production together, so i had to go buy, picked up some books at french's bookstore, cinemaing tograph cinemaing to rafy and putting to the a script. and in effect, with cast, with only two actors, professional actors. clarence williams, and carlados,
12:21 am
w managed to put together the financing internally, which, it was so difficult to do, and i wish my partner was here to talk to certain sides of -- >> we have to -- >> but we actually went out and made that movie and brought it in, pretty much on budget. >> the rest is history. the rest is history. and it's a fascinating story. and i thank you for coming on, especially with what you're dealing with today. thank you so much. >> yeah. it's a shock. thank you. >> we'll be right back, but first, prince's song "kiss." it made it to number one on the billboard top 100 and in the top 500 of all time. ♪ ain't no particular ♪ i just want your extra time and your ♪ ♪ kiss
12:22 am
they'll always be our babies. so there will be things to keep us up at night. will they find happiness? reach their potential. stay safe. fall in love. but tonight johnson's can help with a bedtime routine clinically proven to help them fall asleep faster. and stay asleep longer. there will be things to keep us up.
12:23 am
but tonight, we sleep.
12:24 am
12:25 am
prince wrote music and performed for decades, but he'll always be remembered for the decade that was his break through, and that was the 1980s. i want to bring in now downtown julie brown, an mtv deejay and
12:26 am
host of club mtv back in the '80s. i love you so much. you know that. >> i love you, too. and the work you've been doing today is just remarkable on somebody that really deserves all the love today. >> thank you, thank you for that. >> he really was an unbelievably special, special man. even if you had never met him, he's won of those personalities and artists that you go, gosh, if i met him, i don't know what i would do. but the thing is, he was so lovely. he was so lovely and you know, professional, and i'm just a speck of a long sparkle, you know, in the world that he made shine. i was just so happened to, in london, he was already big on the scene, he was always, you know, the fashion was going crazy because of prince. the dances were going crazy, so when i got to mtv in 1986, and i just happened to be on the stage where i could just talk about him all day long, it was a wonderful thing to do.
12:27 am
and then now something like this happens, and you find yourself not being able to say too much. >> let's talk about mtv in the '80s. didn't have a great reputation for playing artists of color. so how did prince break through? >> yeah, at that time when i came to mtv, it was very few. michael jackson, of course was on there and the group cameo. and prince was such, he was such an undeniable force, because he didn't really have a color. and i know that sounds strange coming from me, but it was just, people were just so interested in his, his music and his vibe. that it kind of like blew it away. i would never sit there and go, oh, prince was -- and i don't want to offend anybody by saying this at all. but prince was a black artist, because to me, he was an artist across the board. and every other artist loved to
12:28 am
be like prince. i mean, rock and rollers, you know, would just like be captivated by this man, we were sitting at a concert in los angeles, and i was sitting right next to paul stanley of kiss. and paul stanley hit me, and he goes, are you seeing this? are you hearing this? not one note wrong. and the greatest thing about watching prince is that it looks like everything is to the book. but sometimes he'd go off, and it'd be fun to watch the band try and keep up with him when he went off the cuff a little bit. it would be really cute, and he'd give these little winks and smiles saying you better catch up. >> you talked about the kind of artist he was. when you look at him, his look, right, with the hair, you know, >> with the hair. >> you see little richard. you see jimi hendrix, james brown all rolled into one. >> yeah. well, he was, he was the soul. i mean, he was the soul of is that music. if it wasn't for prince in our
12:29 am
decade, i think those artists wouldn't be as, as sort of like balanced as they are. they'd be in their own genre, whereas prince put them into all of his music. i mean, he was just, and not to take that away from him, because he was in no way, no way a copycat. the man was just a man on his own feet, and just seeing him, seeing the artist today that love prince and love his music. i mean, that's a testament to how great the guy was, and not only that, as a woman, you know, just, he was such a man. you know? [ laughter ] >> even with the straightened hair and the makeup and the eyeliner, he was such a man. >> it didn't matter. it is. he was such a man. i can remember being backstage at the mtv music awards, walking around, knowing he was going to perform. i was like oh, my gosh, and i was dressed head to toe in
12:30 am
purple. even purple underwear. i have no idea why i did that. but just to be in the same building as him, same room. and on the other side of prince, you know, when he wasn't working, the man was an amazing student of life. i mean, on the other side, you'd see him, we'd go out in new york city, and you'd see him either at the china club or any club and he'd be sitting back in the corner, and he'd just be watching people. he'd be watching people dance, how they reacted to a certain sound in a song or what beat they were listening to and he was constantly, constantly watching and learning. he'd never given up that, he didn't think he was, you know, he knew everything at all. and i think that's one thing about him, he was so humbled. and it was humbling to be even, you know, sitting in a corner, maybe a foot away. >> watching, observing. >> watching him, observing him, unbelievably great. >> julie, i know it's tough
12:31 am
because there are so many. what's your favorite song? >> oh, my gosh. well, i'm a girl's girl, and he was a girl's girl. he loved them. and his love for vanity was undeniab undeniable. and the loss of her, i think, excuse me, don. the loss of her, i think ricocheted a lot into what transpired after. love my sheila es and my girls, so it's got to be "the most beautiful girl in the world." going to send that one out to all the ladies in the world. >> yeah, there were people who would say that vanity was the love of his life. and he was really dealing with her death recently. >> yes, and sheila e and all the girls, i know that they're struggling right now. as long as the rest of the world, at this moment we're just among the rest of the fans that are really feeling the pain tonight of the loss of prince.
12:32 am
and i know that the fans are so true to him that it will be an unbelievable celebration of his life. that's what we're going to look forward to. >> a beautiful girl, julie brown. >> thank you. >> thank you. and now. >> thank you, don. thank you for all the prince love. >> you're welcome. thanks for coming on. and this is prince, beautiful girl ♪ the most beautiful girl in the world ♪ ♪ plain to see ♪ you're the reason that god made a girl ♪ ♪ ♪ ooh
12:33 am
i'm only in my 60's. i've got a nice long life ahead. big plans. so when i found out medicare doesn't pay all my medical expenses, i got a medicare supplement insurance plan. [ male announcer ] if you're eligible for medicare, you may know it only covers about 80% of your part b medical expenses. the rest is up to you. call now and find out about an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company. like all standardized medicare supplement insurance plans, it could save you in out-of-pocket medical costs. call now to request your free decision guide. i've been with my doctor for 12 years. now i know i'll be able to stick with him.
12:34 am
[ male announcer ] you'll be able to visit any doctor or hospital that accepts medicare patients. plus, there are no networks, and virtually no referrals needed. see why millions of people have already enrolled in the only medicare supplement insurance plans endorsed by aarp. don't wait. call now.
12:35 am
12:36 am
♪ ♪ sky was so purple ♪ people running everywhere ♪ tried to run from the destruction ♪ ♪ you know i didn't even care ♪ ♪ say, say >> can't help but bob your head, right? >> as the world mourns the sudden death of prince, we're remembering all the ways he surprised us in his long career. joining us, senior editorial
12:37 am
director of the wall street journal. good evening, gentlemen. christopher, i want to read something you wrote about prince. he puts on his bell-bottom, glittery blue pants one leg at a time, just like the rest of us. if you have those. >> in my closet somewhere. >> he really was one of those artists that really kept you guessing. he never became steale. >> he was a rebel in his music and with the record companies. what was he fighting warner bros. about? the fight to release his albums when he wanted to release them, the timing he wanted to release them at. and what are we seeing now, artists like beyonce and drey and kanye.
12:38 am
they are releasing them as they want. without a lot of fanfare. the world he envisioned for himself is the kind of world that has been embraced. he led the way for artists to feel like they could speak back to the record companies. when he was writing slave on his cheek, people made fun of him. is he crazy while he's doing this? was it about money? it wasn't so much about money as it was he wanted to speak out as an artist and have control over his own work. >> autonomy. he wanted to own himself. he wanted to be emancipated. but here's the thing. you got a chance to speak to to interview him and his wife. we don't hear that much about his wife. >> yeah, when i interviewed him in 1999. for some reason, my tie was there. i didn't know she was going to be there. prince had her on his lap the entire time. he didn't want to move. he didn't want her to move.
12:39 am
it was kind of a two-for interview. he wanted my to tadidn't want m voice. he talked about the matrix, he had a lot of crazy ideas. but he made a lot of sense when you sort of sat back and thought about them. this was all done in a sense of fun, with a sort of a wink. >> this is when he spoke to larry king. listen to this. >> how would you describe your music? >> hmm. >> what idiom would you put it in? >> the only thing i could think of, because i really don't like categories, but the only thing i could think of is inspirational. and i think music that is from the heart falls right into that category. people who really feel what it is that they're doing, and ultimately, all music is or can be inspirational. and it's, that's why it's so
12:40 am
important to let your gift be guided by something more clear. >> sorry, clay, i think i called you joe. inspirational, what set his music apart? >> you know, when i think about prince, i think about liberation, i think about freedom. and in many ways, prince liberated me and so many people. i think of his song controversy, when he said am i white? am i black? am i gay, am i straight? do i believe in god, do i believe in me. that was my story. and for a little kid like me, and to take my story and manifest it in a song, that is the true personification of art. and prince was able to do that. when you think of a prince fan, you really can't pin point who it is. there are some artists, you know who their fans are. when you go to a prince concert, it's black, white, male, female. he was a true transen dental artist. >> am i straight, am i gay,
12:41 am
controversy. here's what you tweeted. you say prince challenged gender constructs, same things that were taboo for male artists. i thought prince was immortal, that he'd live to his 100s. he did challenge everything about sex and religion. during that time, r&b, especially when it came to an artist of color, you were an r&b artist and you were like teddy pendergrass and you sang about conquering women. and prince came along in this falsetto voice with sometimes an afro, sometimes his hair feathered like farrah fawcett. and you never knew what he weighs goi was going to be like. michael jackson was pop, and we knew whatever he did was good. >> there's a formula for r&b musicians. here you have a guy in heels, lace underwear on his face, makeup on, and women still love him. he's the kind of guy that could
12:42 am
steal your girl in heels, oh, my gosh, prince did this. he was that powerful of an artist, and the fact that he was able to buck masculine and femme and still make people be attracted to him, that's very unconventional. i don't think people could do that today. >> he came of age before the whole social media age when people have to tell everything about what they're about. they're tweeting every day about what they're eating for breck nast, what they're doing. with prince, he gave interviews, but not too many interviews, so there's a sense of mystery. so people could project themselves into that void, he represents me. maybe he's just like me. >> you're so right. because so many people put so much into social media, right, that they become paranoid. like, why do you care? he didn't have that. he probably didn't really care about, they put so much stock in social media, and artists like prince didn't care what the criticism was. he was doing it for the art.
12:43 am
>> but he was on the cutting edge when it came to music online. he told his music online. he made more money selling his album, crystal ball online than he did from "purple rain." >> i want you to stand by. i want to get to this. in prince's home of minneapolis there is an all-night dance party going on. ca yawn law is there for us. >> reporter: they're still trying to clear out the space. this is the first avenue club. if you saw "purple rain" this is where the movie was shot. it was the club brought to fame because of prince, and he was known here as the patron saint. so look at the crowd. there are so many people here, this entire intersection is packed with his fans. people who are stopping here to drop flowers and to say
12:44 am
farewell, just outside the club here, and it has been happening throughout the afternoon. people stopping by with flowers. some of these messaging say "rock on, prince." he is there hometown he yoe. and that star that you see on the corner, what we've seen throughout the night, people stopping by to take pictures, and when you think about the number of people in this crowd, this entire downtown area is practically shut down, immobilized with people who are mourning, who are sad. it is a festive atmosphere, but they're all clollaboratincollab. we actually found a parking space because people are helping us find a place to park. what we are expecting tonight is that in just a short time they're going to be opening the doors here. they're going to ask everyone to come in and remember prince in the way he would want to be remembered. through playing his songs and dancing throughout the night. everyone 18 and older will be night away.e in and dance the -
12:45 am
don? >> look at the size of that crowd. do we, is it live shot? or is it just pictures of the -- let's look at the tape of the crowd above. it is unbelievable where she is. how many people do you think we're looking at there, do you know? >> reporter: what i do know is that the club has a capacity for 1550 people. but looking over my shoulder here, it's going to exceed that. i don't know if everyone's going to get in. we're seeing people make way for new people to come in and take pictures with the star and drop their flowers, so certainly, i can say just from looking, it looks like well over 1500 people, the capacity of this place. you know, the people we're talking to out here say they're going to try to get in. they want to be a part of the celebration. they want to be here tonight. but they may have to still listen from the streets. >> thank you, we'll check back in with you. we'll be right back, but before
12:46 am
we go, one of the most iconic songs prince ever recorded was "let's go crazy." the composer and star of the broadway smash hit "hamilton", tweeted the famous first few words of the song. dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life. here it is. ♪ ♪ woo ♪ i think we should've taken a left at the river. tarzan know where tarzan go! tarzan does not know where tarzan go. hey, excuse me, do you know where the waterfall is? waterfall? no, me tarzan, king of jungle. why don't you want to just ask somebody? if you're a couple, you fight over directions. it's what you do. if you want to save fifteen percent or more on car insurance, you switch to geico. oh ohhhhh it's what you do. ohhhhhh! do you have to do that right in my ear?
12:47 am
12:48 am
12:49 am
12:50 am
the sudden death of prince has fans and celebrities alike remembering the purple one. so back with me crist ner john farley and clay king. thank you very much. can i read that, clay, this is from justin timberlake. he wrote, from another planet? probably, royalty? for sure. us worthy? laughable. they say don't meet your idols, that they let you down. but some of my greatest, funniest, yes, he was hilarious, conversations about music came from my moments with him.
12:51 am
it would be silly to say he has inspired our music. he is within somewhere every song i've ever written, i will think of every second that i had the fortune of be being in his company. we have lost the greatest musician, but his music will never die. prince, nothing compares. now that is a tribute. he influenced, his influence spanned generations. >> you really can hear so many prince clones, if you will. justin's song "gone", for example. it's a prince song. he used the word prolific. you think of a song like "sign of the times", in 1987. when he's talking about aids when reagan wouldn't even talk about it. and the era of the crack epidemic, and the era of reagan economics, ruining our country,
12:52 am
he had his ear to the streets. in some ways, he was our black twitter. he was political in a way that was accessible, but it was smart, and it was on those tracks that you might have skipped over. >> pop life. everybody needs a space to fill. everybody can't be on top. get your million dollar check -- yeah. >> amazing, amazing. >> you think of, you know, acts like the weekend, frank ocean and the influence that you clearly hear in in voices and in their songs that comes from prince. that tweet is right from justin timberlake, not just the individual artists you can pick out, the structure of music he changed. not just with his lyrical content but his songs and persona. people copy the persona again and again. he borrowed some of his persona from people who came before him. like little
12:53 am
berry. >> you look at that hair and that eyeliner, and you go, all right, that's little richard. >> and james brown. >> and james brown and jimi hendrix. that's okay. why do people get upset about it >> you steal from enough people and make it your own, then it's not plagiarizing. >> the best form of flattery is when somebody copies you. >> he wasn't just copying one person. he wasn't just copying little richard or chuck berry. he turned into something different, added more sex to it. added rock and roll to it. >> they're so sophisticated. they almost expect me to do the unexpected. and that gives me a lot of room to challenge myself as well.
12:54 am
>> challenged himself. he wanted to challenge the audience. it was part of, is that part of what made what he did so groundbreaking? >> i think so. he was continually challenging himself and albums that were sometimes very long, five cds long. albums like sign of the times, double album set in which every song really worked, you know, from ado dosdore to all the res. he was a guy who set the bar high. >> people who have never gone to a prince concert, take us there. >> oh, my gosh. i saw prince at giants stadium in new jersey. >> look at your face light up. >> i will never forget. i was in the ninth row, and speaking how unforgettable it was. this is before title. this is before streaming where you sign the up for this club. you got access to music, tickets. and it was amazing. when he was singing "purple rain", people pulled out purple
12:55 am
umbrellas. one thing about him was his mystique, his entire career, never had a scandal. no tabloid. that's why it's shocking that he's gone. for some people we saw it coming. for prince, we just didn't see it coming. >> we'll be right back. avorites side dishes perfectly sauced or seasoned. what are you..? shh! i'm live tweeting. oh, boy. birds eye. so veggie good.
12:56 am
. .
12:57 am
12:58 am
so it was the summer of 1984 and i was just driving back from my senior trip from high school
12:59 am
in florida. this song came on the radio "when doves cry." we never heard anything like this before. what is this song? we immediately went to purchase it and played it over and over. so i say thank you to prince for challenging what a man looks like. i appreciate that and to not let people put you in a box. that song "when doves cry" prompted tributes. a field of purple with the words "this is what it sounds like when doves cry." oprah, the doves really are crying now. who whoopi goldberg just tweeting lyrics. ♪ maybe i'm just like my father ♪ ♪ too bold ♪ make you're just like my mother ♪
1:00 am
♪ she's never satisfied ♪ she's never satisfied ♪ why do we scream at each other ♪ ♪ this is what it sounds like when doves cry ♪ ♪ sounds like when doves cry mourning a music legend as investigators try to figure out what caused the star's death. i'm an miguel marquez. welcome to "early start." >> i'm christine romans. it is 4:00 a.m. in the east. happening today, an autopsy to find out what killed prince. all night long, especially in minneapolis, fans are remembering and listening to his music and paying tribute to the artist known


info Stream Only

Uploaded by TV Archive on