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Apollonia 6 was a 1980s female singing trio created by Prince as a continuation of a previous group, Vanity 6.

After a number of disputes with Prince, Denise Matthews, also known as Vanity, the lead singer of Prince-created Vanity 6, fled the Prince entourage in 1983 to pursue solo endeavors recording with Motown Records and acting in films. She left open an acting position for the role written for her by Prince in the film Purple Rain.

After a frantic casting call, the film’s director met actress and model Patricia Kotero. Renamed by Prince as “Apollonia”, Kotero stepped into Vanity’s role in the film Purple Rain, as well as in the fragmented group, Vanity 6. The other two members of Vanity 6, Brenda Bennett and Susan Moonsie, joined Apollonia and reformed the group as Apollonia 6 for the film and one album. During this time it was rumored that Apollonia and Prince were romantically involved with one another, but it was later revealed that Apollonia was actually married. Her “relationship” with Prince had been more of a PR stunt for the film than anything serious.

Apollonia 6 only had one hit with “Sex Shooter” in 1984. Prince had originally intended his classic tracks “Manic Monday” (later recorded by The Bangles), “17 Days” (later used as the B-side to “When Doves Cry”), and “The Glamorous Life” (recorded by Sheila E.


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