You know him as Mr. “Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, SaturDAY love.” But he’s best known as Alexander O’Neal, the powerhouse R&B singer who partnered with Cherrelle for a magical career of hits.

We’re taking this time to celebrate O’Neal’s 62 birthday by remembering that we ALMOST knew him as someone else completely different. He was almost part of Prince’s band in the early 80’s. WHAT?!? That’s right. But don’t trust us, take it directly Alexander who wasn’t afraid to throw a little (a lot) of shade at his Purple Majesty.

TELL US: Share your birthday love for Alexander O’Neal right here.