Apollonia Kotero returns to Studio 3 at Sunset Sound to share her memories with the greatest artist to ever live. Her 33 year relationship began in Minneapolis when she first met Prince and was cast in the mega hit “Purple Rain” one week later.
Her life would never be the same after this groundbreaking film and Oscar Winning Soundtrack which was done at Sunset Sound during Prince’s golden years at the studio. She shares the truth about her life, her credits and how artistically she contributed and co-wrote on certain songs. (Courtesy You-Tube)
Apollonia speaks on legendary Prince, Filming of Purple Rain-
Prince, was an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, actor, and director. Regarded as one of the greatest musicians of his generation, he worked across multiple genres and often played most or all instruments on recordings. He was known for his flamboyant persona, with a wide vocal range which included a far-reaching falsetto and high-pitched screams.
He sold over 150 million records worldwide, ranking him among the best-selling music artists of all time. His awards included the Grammy President’s Merit Award, the American Music Awards for Achievement and of Merit, the Billboard Icon Award, an Academy Award, and a Golden Globe Award. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2006, and the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame in 2016.
Purple Rain is a 1984 American rock musical drama film scored by and starring Prince in his acting debut. Developed to showcase his talents, it contains several concert sequences, with his band The Revolution.
Principal photography took place almost entirely in Minneapolis: the film features many local landmarks, including the Crystal Court of the IDS Center and the legendary First Avenue nightclub, which was paid $100,000 for the club being used during filming; it was closed for 25 days.
The movie grossed over $72 million worldwide, against its $7.2 million budget. The film won an Oscar for Best Original Song Score. In 2019, the film was added by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. Publications and critics have regarded it as one of the greatest musical films.
The movie was supported with its soundtrack album of the same name, which featured two US chart-topping singles, “When Doves Cry” and “Let’s Go Crazy”, as well as the number-two hit “Purple Rain”. The soundtrack is certified 13x Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and has sold over 25 million copies worldwide.
Illness and death
In mid-life, Prince reportedly experienced considerable pain from injuries to his body (mainly hips) sustained through his dynamic stage performances (which included leaping off speaker stacks in high heels), and was sometimes seen using a cane.
On April 20, 2016, calls were made to Howard Kornfeld, a California specialist in addiction medicine and pain management, seeking medical help for the star. Kornfeld scheduled to meet with him on April 22, and he contacted a local physician who cleared his schedule for a physical exam on April 21. On April 21, at 9:43 am, the Carver County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call requesting an ambulance be sent to Prince’s home at Paisley Park.
The caller initially told the dispatcher that an unidentified person at the home was unconscious, then moments later said he was dead, and finally identified the person as Prince. The caller was Kornfeld’s son, who had flown in with buprenorphine that morning to devise a treatment plan for opioid addiction. Emergency responders found him unresponsive in an elevator and performed CPR, but a paramedic said he had been dead for at least six hours, and they were unable to revive him.
They pronounced him dead at 10:07 am, 19 minutes after their arrival. There were no signs of suicide or foul play. A press release from the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office in Anoka County on June 2 stated that the musician had died of anaccidental overdose of fentanyl, at the age of 57.
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