Hear Prince dedicate an emotional version of 'Little Red Corvette' to Vanity
Yesterday we learned that Vanity, the Prince protege who sang the unbelievably rad jam "Nasty Girl" with her band Vanity 6, passed away at the age of 57. At a Melbourne performance, Prince dedicated "Little Red Corvette" (and a few other choice moments) to his onetime girlfriend.
Thanks to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, we also have a transcript of Prince telling an anecdote about his time with Vanity, a.k.a. Denise Matthews, in the early '80s.
In a lighter moment in Monday's concert, Prince recounted a somewhat self-deprecating story about one of their heated arguments before they broke up in 1983, when he threatened to throw Vanity in the pool.
“You can’t throw me in the pool, you’re too little,” she retorted. So Prince asked his 6-foot bodyguard Chick to toss her in for him.
“I probably shouldn’t be telling this story, but she’d want us to celebrate her life and not mourn her,” he said. “Her and I used to love each other deeply. She loved me for the artist I was. I loved her for the artist she was trying to be. She and I would fight. She was very headstrong, ‘cuz she knew she was the finest woman in the world. She never missed an opportunity to tell you that.”
For another Vanity jam, check out "Pretty Mess."