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Between Thursday-Sunday this week, nine bands from across America will be competing in our first-ever battle of the bands event MUSICOLOGY here at @officialpaisleypark . These nine finalists will be following in the footsteps of @Prince and his peers, who would compete in fierce battles and talent shows on the North Side of Minneapolis back in the 1970s, when they were still in high school.
Before he was known as a solo artist, a young Prince Rogers Nelson was making a name for himself as a teen prodigy in the band Grand Central, a band he formed with his best friend @acymone , his cousin, Charles “Chazz” Smith, and André's sister, Linda Anderson.
The group was a formidable force at local talent shows and band battles, and would also show up wherever André and Linda’s mother, Bernadette Anderson, asked them to play: neighborhood gatherings, dances at local high schools, and even the @mnstatefair . “We played at the Fair, we played everywhere,” André told @thecurrent last year. “My mom would have us playing anywhere. She’d have a bunch of friends over for card parties, we’d play anywhere. So if you can imagine — because, you know, Prince became a very big superstar — but my mom would just say, ‘I don’t care what you guys are doing, you guys are going to have to come down to the Elks and we need a band, so you guys are going to play.’” Over the years the band’s lineup would shift, with @morris_day_and_the_time taking over drumming from Chazz, and additional percussionists Terry Jackson (who lived next door to the Andersons) and William “Hollywood” Doughty being added to the group. In this photo, you can see Grand Central’s later incarnation, from left to right: Linda Anderson, Andre Cymone, Morris Day, Terry Jackson, Prince, and William Doughty.