The Anderson and Jackson houses

1244 and 1248 Russell Avenue North

Where Prince found a home that allowed him to make music round the clock

Prince spent his last year of high school (1975-1976) living at Bernadette Anderson’s home at 1244 Russell Avenue North. Anderson was the mother of the musician later known as André Cymone. She supported the musical aspirations of her children and she welcomed Prince and his music making into her lively household. Terry Jackson lived next door.

The Anderson and Jackson houses became the hub for Grand Central. The band featured Prince on guitar, Charles “Chazz” Smith on drums, André Cymone on bass, André’s sister Linda on keyboards as well as Terry Jackson and William “Hollywood” Doughty (who nearby lived at 800 Penn Avenue North) on percussion. Morris Day would later replace Charles on drums.

Sometimes the group set up on the back patio at Terry’s house. Neighborhood kids would come to listen and dance in the alley. The band covered popular hits, as well as original pieces by Prince and André. Grand Central’s reputation grew through local Battle of the Bands competitions.

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Prince inside Bernadette Anderson�™s home, 1975 or 1976.

Prince inside Bernadette Anderson™s home, 1975 or 1976.

Prince inside Bernadette Anderson™s home, 1975 or 1976. Prince lived with Bernadette and her children, including Grand Center bandmate Andr© Cymone, during his last year of high school. | Source: Photo credit: Hennepin History Museum, Minneapolis, MN. View File Details Page

The band Grand Central outside Andr�© Cymone�™s home, 1975 or 1976

The band Grand Central outside Andr© Cymone™s home, 1975 or 1976

The band Grand Central outside Andr© Cymone™s home, 1975 or 1976. From left, Linda Anderson, Andr© (Cymone) Anderson, Morris Day, Terry Jackson, Prince, and William “Hollywood” Doughty. | Source: Link: http://www.waxpoetics.com/blog/features/articles/prince-and-andre-cymone-formed-the-band-grand-central/ View File Details Page

The Anderson home, 2018.

The Anderson home, 2018.

The Anderson home. The band Grand Central often rehearsed here. | Source: Photo credit: Dom Puglisi, Diamonds and Pearls Photography, 2018. View File Details Page

Grand Central percussionist Terry Jackson�™s home, 2018.

Grand Central percussionist Terry Jackson™s home, 2018.

Grand Central percussionist Terry Jackson™s home. The band Grand Central often rehearsed here. | Source: Photo credit: Kristen Zschomler, 2018. | Creator: Kristen Zschomler. View File Details Page

The homes of Terry Jackson (right) and Andr�© Cymone, 2018.

The homes of Terry Jackson (right) and Andr© Cymone, 2018.

The homes of Terry Jackson (right) and Andr© Cymone. Grand Central would often practice on the back patio at Terry™s house and neighborhood kids would listen and dance in the alley. | Source: Photo credit: Kristen Zschomler, 2018. | Creator: Kristen Zschomler View File Details Page

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Kirsten Delegard, Michael Lansing and Kristen Zschomler, “The Anderson and Jackson houses,” Augsburg Digi-Tours, accessed September 20, 2019, http://digitours.augsburg.edu/items/show/28.

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