I can safely say that no matter how many publicist a troubled rock star or pop idol employs to attempt to change their image, here’s one that will always be the one to bear – On June 9, 1980, during the making of the film Bustin’ Loose, Pryor set himself on fire after freebasing cocaine and drinking 151-proof rum. While on fire, he ran down Parthenia Street from his Los Angeles, California, home, until being subdued by police. Pryor was married seven times to five different women. He magnificently swore almost every 4th word in concert. Richard Pryor had a kids’ show. Pryor’s Place was a sort of an tougher, but still child-friendly version of Sesame Street. The now rarely-seen program was produced by Sid and Marty Krofft and had theme music by Ray Parker Jr., who was also in the opening credits.
“(Whoa-oh-oh) Let’s get on over to Pryor’s Place (Whoa-oh-oh) We’re gonna party, so don’t be late. We’ve got friends who live in the street The craziest people you’ll ever meet on Pryor’s Place! (Whoa-oh-OOOH) Pryor’s Place!”