Prince and a President: An Untold Story

Low Cut Connie frontman Adam Wiener tells a little-known story that describes former President Barack Obama's fandom of Prince. (Nate Ryan | MPR)

In 2015, then-President Barack Obama released his summer playlist on Spotify. The playlist included such artists as Aretha Franklin, Sly and the Family Stone, Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan — and Philadelphia band Low Cut Connie. "That was nuts," recalls Low Cut Connie frontman Adam Wiener. "The guy at The New York Times tweeted, 'I can't understand we live in a world where the President of the United States listens to Low Cut Connie.'"

But Wiener ended up learning a lot more about Barack Obama's musical tastes.

Thanks to coordination with White House Photographer Pete Souza, Wiener and his wife got to visit the White House in May 2016, where they met the 44th President of the United States. On display in the West Wing were some of Obama's favorite photos by Souza. "There were three pictures of Prince performing at the White House," Wiener explains. "What's amazing about the story is what was in the pictures."

Hear Wiener's story, as told to The Current's Bill DeVille, by watching the video above.

More: Low Cut Connie perform in The Current's studio; includes cover of Prince's "Controversy."

Resources


Pete Souza Photography - official site

The Office of Barack and Michelle Obama - official site

Low Cut Connie - official site

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