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May 3, 1991

MESA, Ariz. (AP) _ A fan who paid $13,500 for a compact disc of Prince’s recalled 1987 ″Black Album″ said he likes the songs Prince found so depressing that he tried to keep them out of the public’s hands.

″I would have gone as high as $20,000,″ said Gord Erickson of Mississauga, Ontario, who made his winning bid Tuesday. ″I’d already gotten the loan from the bank and sold off several other Prince pieces.″

The CD was auctioned by Rockaway Records in Mesa.

Prince recalled the album because he thought it was too grim.

Erickson said he likes it although he agrees it is filled with ″negative subject matter.″

″Prince cut it when he was going through a pretty dark period in his life,″ Erickson said. ″By the time the album was released in the U.K. in 1987, Prince had turned 30, gotten religious and repudiated the darkness of the album - so he ordered the recall.″ Twenty-six copies of the ″Black Album″ are known to exist but none were offered for sale before, Erickson said.

The store got about 20 bids in the $10,000 range from Japan, France and from across the United States, owner Alan Johnson said.

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - B.B. King, the Jeff Healey Band, John Lee Hooker and The Black Crowes will fill a riverfront park and clubs on Beale Street with Delta blues and rock ‘n’ roll this weekend.

By Wednesday more than 10,000 tickets had been sold for the Memphis In May festival. Three downtown hotels were booked for the concerts today and Saturday.

″Last year’s music festival was the biggest ever and ticket sales this year are running at three times those last year,″ said Jim Holt, vice president of Mid-South Concerts, a festival sponsor.

Last year’s festival drew 23,000 people.

Other artists scheduled to appear include John Kay & Steppenwolf, Take 6, John Hiatt, Buckwheat Zydeco, Leon Russell, John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, and the ″Godfather of British Blues″ Mojo Burford.

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PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Nancy Reagan led 35,000 schoolchildren in a pledge to abstain from drugs and alcohol, continuing the ″Just Say No″ anti-drug program she began as first lady.

The Just Say No Foundation of Los Angeles County sponsored Thursday’s rally at the Rose Bowl.

In the pledge, the children from area schools promised to avoid consuming illicit drugs, alcohol and tobacco and agreed to urge their friends to do likewise.

The 90-minute rally ended with fireworks.

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NEW YORK (AP) - The irrepressible Ed Koch may be out of City Hall and off the air at CBS, but he’s found another way to get into New Yorkers’ living rooms as a regular commentator for Fox television affiliate WNYW.

The former mayor left his job as a commentator on WCBS-TV’s weekly ″Sunday Edition″ news show in February. He said the station wanted him to tone down his combative style.

But WNYW apparently likes Koch as is. The station called him ″bright, brash, controversial, feisty and fun″ in announcing Thursday he was coming aboard.

He’ll appear once a week on ″Good Day New York″ and the ’The 10 O’Clock News.″

Koch, who was mayor for 12 years, was beaten by David Dinkins in the Democratic primary in 1989. Dinkins went on to win the general election.

A partner in a law firm these days, Koch also teaches at New York University, writes a column for the New York Post and is heard on a local radio show.

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