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Grand Central

Grand Central was a band formed in 1972 by Prince's cousin, drummer Charles "Chazz" Smith, Prince and André Cymone, while still in high-school. They initially did not have a name, but when Terry Jackson joined they briefly went by Charles; Cousin & Friends, Phoenix, Sex Machine, finally settling for Grand Central. André Cymone's sister Linda Anderson (keyboard) ans soon after William "Hollywood" Doughty (percussion) joined the group. They rehearsed at Terry' Jackson's house and played at local community centers, high school dances and did a couple of house parties. In 1973 drummer Charles "Chazz" Smith was replaced by Morris Day. As time went by Grand Central started playing original music evolved into Shampayne in early 1976. From 1977 onwards Prince was focusing on his solo career and Shampayne disbanded in 1978

Band Members

  • Charles "Chazz" Smith (drums ,vox), later replaced by Morris Day (drums)
  • André Cymone (bass)
  • Prince (guitar)
  • Terry Jackson (percussion, vox)
  • Linda Renee Anderson (keyboard)
  • William "Hollywood" Doughty (percussion)

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