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Apollonia 6

Warner Bros. Records

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Despite being credited to the band Apollonia 6, all the tracks are written by Prince, as well as performing every instrument. Its 22-year-old lead singer, Patrica “Apollonia” Kotero, was auditioned in New York following the departure of Denise Matthews from the band’s earlier incarnation Vanity 6. Kotero subsequently fulfilled Matthews’ role as lead female and Prince’s muse for the movie Purple Rain and afterwards embarked on an acting career under her stage name Apollonia Kotero. She and Prince remained close ever since.

Apollonia 6 album’s outtakes include the hits The Glamorous Life (which was instead recorded and released by Sheila E. for her debut album) and Manic Monday (given to and released in 1986 by The Bangles), and 17 Days. Prince disbanded Apollonia 6 following the Purple Rain Tour. Kotero then followed a career in acting. His production credit on the album is under the name of The Starr ★ Company, as he is not credited by name.

Prince even performed the vocals on the album, to give the group singing direction, which Apollonia re-recorded for the final cut of the tracks. Prince’s version of Sex Shooter was released in 2019 by Warner Brothers, in the collection Originals.

Apollonia 6

Lead Vocals
Patrica Kotero
Vocals
Susan Moonsie
Vocals
Brenda Bennett

Data

Producer
The Starr ★ Company (Prince)
Label
Warner Bros. Records
Distribution
Warner Bros. Records
Released
36 years, 0 months ago on 1 October 1984
Running Time
34:23
US Chart Peak
62
UK Chart Peak
-
Orig. Formats

Tracklist

  1. Happy Birthday, Mr. Christian (7:06)
  2. Sex Shooter (3:39) 1
  3. Blue Limousine (6.19) 1
  4. A Million Times (I Love You) (5:51)
  5. Ooo She Wanna Wa Wa (4:10)
  6. Some Kind Of Lover (4:48)
  7. In A Spanish Villa (2:12)

1 Release as singles.

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