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Watch Prince’s Amazing, First-Ever TV Performance From 1980


“There’s nothing our next guest can’t do,” host Wolfman Jack of NBC’s variety show The Midnight Special said while introducing Prince for his first-ever TV appearance in January 1980.

The late seven-time Grammy winner performed for the first time on live TV in a zebra-print ensemble that involved just a top and a pair of undies. With his hair perfectly flared and black thigh-high boots, the iconic “Kiss” singer nailed his performance of “I Wanna Be Your Lover” and “Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?”

“He arranged, produced, composed and performed his last album entirely by himself,” the host explained prior to welcoming the musician onstage. 

Prince was just 21 at the time and had released his widely successful second studio album, 1979’s Prince.

The album was written, arranged, composed, produced and performed entirely by the late singer, with the exception of track 2, “Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?” which featured vocal harmony added by close friend and bassist André Cymone.

The legendary “When Doves Cry” singer died on Thursday, April 21, at the age of 57. The cause of his death is currently being investigated. Prior to his death, his rep told Us Weekly that Prince had been battling flu-like symptoms.

Watch the video above. 

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