PRINCE Had 100 Songs For PURPLE RAIN Soundtrack
Albert Magnoli, ‘Purple Rain’ director: “I picked 10 songs...Those other 90 songs have never been released”.
On August 29, ‘Purple Rain: Celebration’, a panel discussion/screening presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, was held in Beverly Hills, California.
The evening’s surprise guest was Apollonia, who made her first public appearance since the passing of Prince, joined by fellow cast members Jerome Benton and Jill Jones as well as the film’s writer/director Albert Magnoli, producer Robert Cavallo and costume designer Marie France.
Writer/director Reginald Hudlin, and Grammy-winning composer/bass guitarist Marcus Miller, moderated the 90-minute conversation. Swapping stories about everything from the film’s early beginnings. Just like ‘Purple Rain’ writer/director Albert Magnoli’s memory: “Prince said he had 100 songs and asked how many were needed for the film. We listened to about 20 songs and he said you pick. I picked 10 songs at that point but said we’re still missing the one song that will end the movie. After he played the song “Purple Rain” at First Avenue the first time [in Aug. 1983], I said that’s the song. He paused and said can we call the movie Purple Rain? That’s how innocent this all was. There was no master plan. Those other 90 songs have never been released; that’s what started the myth of the vault. Paisley Park wasn’t built yet”.