Before having the Ed Sullivan Theater lights dimmed to purple, Colbert gave Batiste the spotlight to share an anecdote about the seven-time Grammy winner, who died on April 21 at the all-too-young age of 57. Though he’ll most be remembered for timeless classics such as “Purple Rain” and “Kiss,” Batiste’s memory of working with the icon involved a lesson in courtesy.
Later in the show, Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr. spoke about what it was like to have music royalty in the audience at one of his performances (beginning at the 1:56 mark):
Tom Hanks was also present to talk about the “Grand Funkmeister,” whom he first saw perform on shows like Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert and The Midnight Special:
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