Cookhouse Studio

2541 Nicollet Avenue South

Where Prince does his first professional recording

Local musician Pepe Willie hired Prince to play guitar and synthesizer in 94 East for a recording session at Cookhouse Studio. This was the young musician’s first-ever professional recording. Previous iterations of the studio saw the recording of radio hits “Surfin’ Bird” by The Trashmen and “Liar, Liar” by The Castaways.


Former Cookhouse Studio, 2018.

Former Cookhouse Studio, 2018.

Former Cookhouse Studio. Prince™s first professional recording session occurred here, playing guitar and synthesizer with mentor Pepe Willie™s band, 94 East. The building previously housed Kay Bank Studio, where The Trashman recorded “Surfin™ Bird” and The Castaways recorded “Liar, Liar”, two national hits to come out of Minneapolis during the 1960s. | Source: Photo credit: Kristen Zschomler, 2018. | Creator: Kristen Zschomler View File Details Page

Street Address:

2541 Nicollet Avenue South [map]

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