In the days following the passing of music icon Prince, a number of stories about the artist have come out.
One of the more interesting stories comes from Journey’s keyboard player and co-writer Jonathan Cain, and guitarist Neal Schon.
When Prince had finished composing and recording his signature song, PURPLE RAIN, he felt it sounded a little too familiar.
Jonathan Cain recounted the story to Billboard:
He was notified in early 1984 that Prince wanted to speak with him. Curious, Cain went to Columbia Records’ offices in Los Angeles and took a call from Prince, who told Cain, “I want to play something for you, and I want you to check it out. The chord changes are close to ‘Faithfully'” — a top 20 single from Journey’s 1983 album Frontiers — “and I don’t want you to sue me.” After listening, Cain says, “I thought it was an amazing tune, and I told him, ‘Man, I’m just super-flattered that you even called. It shows you’re that classy of a guy. Good luck with the song. I know it’s gonna be a hit.’
“And it was ‘Purple Rain.'”