Pepe Willie (husband of Prince's cousin) formed East 94 in 1977. Band members: Marcy Ingvoldstad, Kristie Lazenberry. Enlisted Prince and Andre Cymone as session musicans.
94 East was a Minneapolis-based funk group formed in December 1975 by Pepe Willie, the former husband of Prince's cousin. Willie was one of the people responsible for getting Prince's career up and running, and soon enlisted the talents of a young Prince and his childhood best friend, André Cymone. Prince also composed one song for them, "Just Another Sucker". The band disbanded when Prince became a star in his own right. The 94 East recordings were recorded between December 1975 and February 1979. The band was named after Interstate 94, which runs through Minneapolis.