STILLWATER, MN. -- As the Pandora playlist at a local Perkins restaurant switched tracks and the unmistakable tones of Little Richard's classic hit, “Tutti Frutti,” began to play, area men Herb Walker and Martin Smith looked at one another and agreed that they both really loved Prince, sources reported Friday.
Following the iconic “A-Wop-Bop-A-Loo-Bop-A-Wop-Bam-Boom” of the song’s opening, Walker reportedly took another sip from his decaf coffee and remarked, “Man, I love Prince,” which prompted Smith to nod and confirm his mutual admiration for the Minneapolis-born musical artist whose song was not playing at that moment.
As the track, which was first released in 1955 three years before the birth of Prince Rogers Nelson, progressed into its first verse, the two men confidently continued to enjoy their late-morning breakfast while listening to Little Richard sing what has been widely considered one of the most influential and recognizable recordings in the history of Rock and Roll.
“Prince was from around here, right? St. Paul?” Walker asked, dipping a piece of toast into the yolk of an over-easy fried egg.
Prince, who passed away in 2016, was famously born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, while Little Richard was born in Macon, Georgia, and is still alive today.
“Yep,” replied Smith. “Sounds about right.”
Twenty minutes later, sources reported the two gentlemen once again affirmed their deep respect for Prince when the restaurant speakers began playing Lionel Richie’s “All Night Long.”