Professor Dee Spencer Remembers Prince

Thursday, April 21, 2016
SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER -- In addition to his numerous tuneful talents with hits including “Little Red Corvette,” ”Let’s Go Crazy” and “When Doves Cry,” for which he gained fans all over the world, the superstar was known for sporadically showing up in San Francisco even as recently as last month, both to perform in concerts and hit up local hot-spots. “You could find him popping up anywhere in the Bay Area,” said Dee Spencer, chair of the School of Music at San Francisco State University. “He would pop up in a dance club; you could look up and Prince just walks through the door.” “As a stage performer, he managed to pull together so many eclectic elements, a tapestry [of] incredible stage design, lighting, makeup,” Spencer said. “He was just a prolific and amazing figure.” She recalled about a year ago sitting in the Boom Boom Room when Prince entered with his entourage to watch the live music there. “Everybody was just like, ‘Whoa,’” Spencer recalled.