A Minnesota TV station was just looking for old stock footage for a story. What they found is a priceless piece of music history.
WCCO, a CBS station in Minneapolis, was searching through archived footage for a news report when they stumbled upon a hidden gem. Hidden in a long-forgotten movie from over 50 years ago was an interview with a young boy. This boy would become none other than the musical genius Prince.
According to WCCO, production manager Matt Liddy was searching through old footage of a Minneapolis teacher’s strike in April 1970 for a story about an ongoing strike in the same district. Browsing through images and footage, one particular interview with a young student at the time immediately caught his eye. That was the look the young boy had…and he knew it.
“I immediately went to the newsroom and started showing people and saying, ‘I’m not going to tell you who I think it is, but who do you think it is? And every person [said] ‘Prince,'” Liddy said.
Now I have to say the second I saw the video, I knew it too…it was Prince. Although the child never identified himself as Prince Nelson, it was pretty easy to see that it was The Purple One himself.
As information professionals, the WCCO team set out to find positive confirmation, even meeting Kristen Zschomle, a historian and archaeologist specializing in research on the Twin Cities and die-hard Prince fan. Thanks to Zschomle, WCCO was able to get in touch with someone to confirm if the young boy in the interview was in fact Prince.
Childhood friend and former bandmate Terrance Jackson immediately identified his old friend, whom he called Skipper, from the music video.
It’s Prince! Standing right there with the hat, right? It’s Skipper! Oh my God!”, he said WCCO.
According to Zschôme, the discovery is somewhat invaluable because there really aren’t many videos of Prince as a pre-teen that the public has access to. The smirk, the voice, even back then, there was something special about Prince that shone through.
Watch the video below. Cool isn’t it?
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