Grapevine: Paisley Park Museum opens Thursday

Radio host Ralph Godbee quits on air, ‘Thriller’ songwriter Rod Temperton dies and more celebrity news

Stephanie Steinberg
The Detroit News

Paisley Park Museum opens Thursday

Prince’s Paisley Park estate opens Thursday as a music museum in Chanhassen, Minnesota. On Wednesday, “Today’s” Al Roker got a first look at the facility that is now a tribute to the star who died on April 21. The museum has been largely untouched since the Purple One passed. For example, Studio A contains a music stand with handwritten notes that haven’t been moved. There’s also a “Purple Rain Room” with the hit movie of the same name playing in the background and memorabilia from the film on display. “He did plan it to be a museum. Everything is strategically placed,” Prince’s sister, Sharon Nelson, told Roker. Prince’s other sister, Norrine Nelson, added, “It’s truly Prince. He thought all this through. He had a vision, and he finished it.”

Radio host Ralph Godbee quits on air

Talk radio host Ralph Godbee quit 15 minutes into his midday show on 910AM Radio Superstation Wednesday morning. Station CEO Kevin Adell told The Detroit News Godbee left because of a disagreement. Adell said Godbee wanted a show on the Word Network, a broadcasting station Adell owns and Adell turned down his request. “Ralph wanted to go on the Word Network, which is religion and gospel music. I didn’t need a show on relationships on the Word Network, it didn’t fit, so I told Ralph we’re going to look at it for 38 (WADL-TV), not for the Word,” he said, “... and he was mad, and so when I had Dave Sheffield tell him we can’t do a show that’s on the Word, he quit on the air.” Godbee did not return repeated calls for comment Wednesday. This is the first time a host has quit on-air since the radio station launched nearly a year ago, but with 45 personalities, Adell said he “predicted this was going to happen.” Godbee joined the Southfield-based station, dubbed the “largest voice for African-Americans,” in November 2015. Godbee, the former Detroit chief of police, hosted “On Point” from 9 a.m. to noon weekdays. Adell says he was not paid for the show and had no contract, so “he was free to go.”

‘Thriller,’ songwriter Rod Temperton dies at 66

British songwriter Rod Temperton, who wrote the Michael Jackson classics “Thriller,” “Rock With You” and “Off the Wall,” died in London at age 66. Warner/Chappell CEO Jon Platt said in a statement Wednesday that Temperton died last week of an “aggressive” cancer, and his funeral was private. “His family is devastated and request total privacy at this, the saddest of sad times,” he said. Temperton started his career as a keyboardist and songwriter for the disco band Heatwave and later collaborated with Aretha Franklin, Herbie Hancock, Donna Summer and Anita Baker. Platt said Temperton was often referred to as “The Invisible Man” for his behind-the-scenes work on Jackson’s hit albums like “Thriller,” which was originally called “Starlight.” In a 2009 interview with the Telegraph, Temperton said producer Quincy Jones asked him to change the name. “I went back to the hotel, wrote two or three hundred titles and came up with ‘Midnight Man,’ ” he said. “The next morning I woke up and I just said this word (thriller). Something in my head just said, ‘This is the title.’”

Compiled by Stephanie Steinberg

Thursday’s birthdays

Elisabeth Shue , 53

Amy Jo Johnson , 46

Ioan Gruffudd , 43

LeBron James Jr., 12