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Featured in TIR Episode 244: (3 parts): Producer, composer, musician and consultant Pepe Willie – the man who mentored and first recorded a teenage Prince. Bringing Prince into his own band called 94 East, he schooled the eventual superstar genius on rehearsing, song construction, arranging and the business of music.
Combining synthesizer, rock and jazz elements with funk and R&B, and having also influenced other young aspiring local musicians like Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, Morris Day, Andre Cymone, Matt Fink and Bobby Z, Pepe has been referred to as the Godfather of the Minneapolis Sound. He remains active today through Pepe Music and its Reo Deo label, and in 2020 released his autobiography titled, “If You See Me Now: My Six-Decade Journey in Rock and Roll.”
RECORDED APRIL 2022
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