Counting Down Prince’s Greatest Protégés


Perhaps inspired by the Bria Valente disc from Prince’s new triple-disc set for Target, the blog Adventures Of An Audio Diva counted down its list of The Purple One’s top 10 protégés of all time recently. Besides being surprised that Taja Sevelle (above) made it all the way to No. 4. I wondered who more Prince-savvy Idolator readers might put on their own list. (I think we can all agree that Tony M should stay on the outside looking in.)



The Audio Diva list:

1. Sheila E.

“A Love Bizarre”:

2. Morris Day & The Time

“Jerk Out” (from the Arsenio Hall show):

3. Wendy & Lisa

“Waterfall”:

4. Taja Sevelle
5. Jesse Johnson
6. Sue Ann Carwell

“Rock Steady”:

7. Jill Jones

“Mia Bocca”:

8. The Family
9. Vanity 6/Apollonia 6

“He’s So Dull”:

10. Ta Mara and The Seen

Honorable Mentions:

Andre Cymone
Sheena Easton

The list makes as much as sense as an arbitrary ranking of intangible opinions can; I have a hard time with Vanity 6 all the way at No. 9, and I’m not sure if The Time count as protégés. Although saying that, I then wonder—no mention of Martika, Ingrid Chavez, Tamar or Tony LeMans? It seems like there are so many to choose from, and that’s before you even consider Valente and her baby-making music.

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  • T’Challa

    And how can you talk Prince spin-offs without mentioning the almighty Dez Dickerson and the Modernaires? They were hot enough to open for Billy Idol on the first leg of the Rebel Yell tour. “Modernaire” is STILL the jam.

    Prince + Wendy & Lisa = pure genius. When do we get a reunion of the classic Revolution line-up?

  • T’Challa

    And how can you talk Prince spin-offs without mentioning the almighty Dez Dickerson and the Modernaires? They were hot enough to open for Billy Idol on the first leg of the Rebel Yell tour. “Modernaire” is STILL the jam.

    Prince + Wendy & Lisa = pure genius. When do we get a reunion of the classic Revolution line-up?

  • T’Challa

    And how can you talk Prince spin-offs without mentioning the almighty Dez Dickerson and the Modernaires? They were hot enough to open for Billy Idol on the first leg of the Rebel Yell tour. “Modernaire” is STILL the jam.

    Prince + Wendy & Lisa = pure genius. When do we get a reunion of the classic Revolution line-up?

  • T’Challa

    And how can you talk Prince spin-offs without mentioning the almighty Dez Dickerson and the Modernaires? They were hot enough to open for Billy Idol on the first leg of the Rebel Yell tour. “Modernaire” is STILL the jam.

    Prince + Wendy & Lisa = pure genius. When do we get a reunion of the classic Revolution line-up?

  • T’Challa

    And how can you talk Prince spin-offs without mentioning the almighty Dez Dickerson and the Modernaires? They were hot enough to open for Billy Idol on the first leg of the Rebel Yell tour. “Modernaire” is STILL the jam.

    Prince + Wendy & Lisa = pure genius. When do we get a reunion of the classic Revolution line-up?

  • Sniffle

    No Carmen Electra? WTF!?!?!

  • revmatty

    Seriously the top 3 (two of whom were established as artists before he came along) plus Rosie Gaines/the Staples Singers are the only ones that weren’t completely embarrassing.

    Also: Where’s Mazarati on that list?

  • ghostyhead

    @T’Challa: Too bad they never managed to actually put out a record.

  • Anonymous

    Aside from suing Madonna, wasn’t Ingrid Chavez’s biggest accomplishment marrying David Sylvian?

  • T’Challa

    @ghostyhead: Indeed, although “Modernaire” did get officially released recently with a bunch of OK electro remixes. It’s still all about the original, though. That Prince was one harsh mistress back in the day…

  • T’Challa

    @ghostyhead: Indeed, although “Modernaire” did get officially released recently with a bunch of OK electro remixes. It’s still all about the original, though. That Prince was one harsh mistress back in the day…

  • T’Challa

    @ghostyhead: Indeed, although “Modernaire” did get officially released recently with a bunch of OK electro remixes. It’s still all about the original, though. That Prince was one harsh mistress back in the day…

  • T’Challa

    @ghostyhead: Indeed, although “Modernaire” did get officially released recently with a bunch of OK electro remixes. It’s still all about the original, though. That Prince was one harsh mistress back in the day…

  • T’Challa

    @ghostyhead: Indeed, although “Modernaire” did get officially released recently with a bunch of OK electro remixes. It’s still all about the original, though. That Prince was one harsh mistress back in the day…

  • ZipZapZopZoup

    Prince wrote everything and played all the instruments on The Time’s first 2 albums. I think that qualifies them as proteges.

    On the other hand, he had nothing to do with Ta’Mara and the Seen (although he did work with Margie Cox later), so I don’t see how they made the list.

  • bcapirigi

    I had no idea Martika was one of his protegees. But did just check Wikipedia and was excited by this (subject and verb-less) sentence:

    “Rumored to be collaberating with day-time heartthrob and music giant Jack Wagner, on a new project set for jan 2010 RELEASE”

  • Anonymous

    The Vanity 6 album rules.

  • Chris Molanphy

    I just wanna say thanks for putting “A Love Bizarre” in my head. Just improved my day.

  • musicquizking

    You should do a list of Prince songs written for other artists. Martika anyone?

  • Chris N.

    The Jill Jones album is a big favorite for me.

  • Anonymous
  • ghostyhead

    @Michaelangelo Matos: You really should check out the Jill Jones album, if you can find it. Other than The Time, Sheila E., and Vanity 6, it’s easily my favorite of the protege acts. I don’t really count Wendy & Lisa, as he had very little to do with their post-Revolution albums.

  • Anonymous

    I can’t believe you didn’t put down Martika!

  • Anonymous

    I mean, I can’t believe you didn’t put down Martika, ‘Adventure of an Audio Diva.’ Idolator had her back the whole time. I just can’t read too good.

  • T’Challa

    @antistar2000: The Time definitely kicked the Revolution’s ass live back in the day.

    Agreed on your assumption that Cymone was influential on “Dirty Mind.” That same twangy guitar sound and Cars-like production is all over his first solo album, which had a few stand-out moments (“Voice on the Radio,” “Kelly’s Eyes”).

  • T’Challa

    @antistar2000: The Time definitely kicked the Revolution’s ass live back in the day.

    Agreed on your assumption that Cymone was influential on “Dirty Mind.” That same twangy guitar sound and Cars-like production is all over his first solo album, which had a few stand-out moments (“Voice on the Radio,” “Kelly’s Eyes”).

  • T’Challa

    @antistar2000: The Time definitely kicked the Revolution’s ass live back in the day.

    Agreed on your assumption that Cymone was influential on “Dirty Mind.” That same twangy guitar sound and Cars-like production is all over his first solo album, which had a few stand-out moments (“Voice on the Radio,” “Kelly’s Eyes”).

  • T’Challa

    @antistar2000: The Time definitely kicked the Revolution’s ass live back in the day.

    Agreed on your assumption that Cymone was influential on “Dirty Mind.” That same twangy guitar sound and Cars-like production is all over his first solo album, which had a few stand-out moments (“Voice on the Radio,” “Kelly’s Eyes”).

  • T’Challa

    @antistar2000: The Time definitely kicked the Revolution’s ass live back in the day.

    Agreed on your assumption that Cymone was influential on “Dirty Mind.” That same twangy guitar sound and Cars-like production is all over his first solo album, which had a few stand-out moments (“Voice on the Radio,” “Kelly’s Eyes”).

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, Jesse was the one behind Ta Mara. Shelia’s first album was great(also written and performed by Prince) but The Time have to be number 1. Prince wrote all their stuff(including their last hit “Jerk Out” which he originally wrote for Mazarati) but they had to perform it, and their live sets were sometimes better than the 1999 era Revolution.
    Here’s my list:

    1.The Time
    2.Shelia E.
    3.Jesse Johnson(mainly the first album)
    4.Vanity 6(classic album and great gimmick)
    5.The Family(supposedly they are going to release an album soon)
    6.Wendy and Lisa(cool chicks but way overrated)
    7.Jill Jones(her album could have been produced better. G-Spot is a great song.)
    8.Eric Leeds(yes he put out an album)
    9.Andre Cymone(2 good songs solo wise. Probably had more to do with “Dirty Mind” than credited.)
    10.You could put all his female protégés of the month here.

  • Michaelangelo Matos

    @Chris N.: I’ve still never heard that one.

  • Michaelangelo Matos

    Also, I rip shit apart at karaoke when I do Vanity 6′s “Nasty Girl.”

  • Chris N.

    @Matos: DUDE. Jill Jones’ Paisley Park record is hands-down the best non-Prince album Prince ever made.