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Many Prince fans would recognize Billy Sparks right away as “Billy” the Minneapolis club owner of ‘The Ave.’ in Purple Rain.  But what may Prince fans don’t know is that Billy and Prince were truly friends all the way until the day Prince passed away.

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We caught up with Billy and had a chance to hear priceless stories of why Billy carries a flip phone, of course Prince had something to do with it, little known stories from the set of Purple Rain, his fondest memory of Prince and more.


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