It’s really hard to believe these greats are all gone. But thanks to a grainy YouTube clip, we get to see the moment, sheer talent and cheat level codes of funk and soul collide for a glorious moment from 1983.
Prince and Michael Jackson were in the audience during one of James Brown‘s concerts, and the godfather of soul welcomed the then-budding legends on stage. A shy MJ insisted that Brown also introduce Prince, and the Purple One made a funky stage entrance, and proceeded to burst into a shirtless guitar solo. Because, Prince stole shows.
Prince was notoriously private about his digital image, and would scrub his music and performances from the web consistently, so it’s nice to see this moment captured on YouTube. He probably had a chuckle looking back on this one, too.
Watch Prince, MJ and funk’s blueprint bring way too much talent to one stage in the clip above.
Prince Through The Years
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1. Prince speaks onstage during The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.
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2. Prince at the Grammy Awards.
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3. Prince speaks onstage during The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center.
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4. Prince performs at Shoreline Amphitheatre on October 10, 1997 in Mountain View, California.
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5. Musician Prince speaks onstage during the 2015 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.
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6. Prince plays guitar on stage during a concert, 1985.
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7. US singer Prince attends the French Tennis Open round of sixteen match between Spain's Rafael Nadal and Serbia's Dusan Lajovic at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris on June 2, 2014.
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8. Prince performs on stage, London, 1993.
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9. Prince performs on stage on the Hit N Run-Parade Tour, Wembley Arena, London, August 1986.
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10. American singer and songwriter Prince stands on stage with his arms outstretched, wearing high-waisted white pants, circa 1990.
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11. American singer-songwriter Prince performing on stage, 1986.
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12. Recording artist Prince leaving the 2007 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Mortons on February 25, 2007 in West Hollywood.
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13. Musician Prince accepts the Male R&B Award (L) from actress Mo'Nique and singer Rihanna onstage at the 2006 BET Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on June 27, 2006.
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14. Prince performing at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, Calif. on October 10th, 1997.
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15. Musician Prince holds up singer Patti LaBelle's shoe during her performance at the 2010 BET Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on June 27, 2010.
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16. Musician Prince performs during the Super Bowl XLI Half-Time Press Conference at the Miami Convention Center on February 1, 2007 in Miami, Florida.
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17. Prince performing in NYC at the Bottom Line on February 15, 1980.
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18. RITZ CLUB Photo of Prince.
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19. Prince stands up to collect the award for Best International Artist at the British Record Industry Awards.
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20. Singers Sheila E (left) and Prince arriving for a tour of Britain, July 25th 1988.
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21. Kim Basinger with singer Prince, circa 1988.
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22. Prince at the MTV/VH1 Party, Round House, London.
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23. Goodbye Prince. Rest in Peace.
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