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1999 (live)
by Prince
Prince (1958 to 2016) was an American singer, songwriter, musician and actor. Prince Rogers Nelson was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, on June 7th 1958, and developed an interest in music at an early age, writing his first simple song at seven. His father was a pianist and songwriter and his mother was a 'jazz' singer. He was named after his father, whose stage name was 'Prince Rogers', and who performed with a 'jazz' group called the 'Prince Rogers Trio'. He was educated at Minneapolis' Central High School. After recording songs with his cousin's band '94 East', the 19-year-old 'Prince' (as he preferred to be known) recorded several unsuccessful 'demo' tapes, before releasing his debut album "For You" in 1978, under the guidance of manager Owen Husney. His 1979 album "Prince" went platinum due to the success of the singles "Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?" and "I Wanna Be Your Lover". His next three long players - "Dirty Mind" (1980), "Controversy" (1981), and "1999" (1982) - continued this success, showcasing his trademark of overtly sexual lyrics and incorporating elements of 'funk', 'dance' and 'rock' into his music. In 1984, he began referring to his back-up band as 'The Revolution', and released "Purple Rain", which served as the soundtrack to his debut film of the same name. Always a prolific songwriter, in the 1980s Prince wrote songs for, and produced work by, many other acts, often under pseudonyms. After releasing the albums "Around the World in a Day" (1985) and "Parade" (1986), 'The Revolution' disbanded and Prince released the critically acclaimed double album "Sign 'O' the Times" (1987) as a solo artist. He released three more solo albums before debuting 'The New Power Generation' band in 1991. He changed his stage name in 1993 to an unpronounceable symbol (thereafter easier known as 'Symbol' in musical social circles, or as 'The Artist Formerly Known As Prince'). He then began releasing new albums at a faster pace to remove himself from his contractual obligations to 'Warner Brothers', releasing five records between 1994 and 1996, before signing with 'Arista Records' in 1998. In 2000, he began referring to himself as 'Prince' once again, and had released 15 albums since then. In all, he sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time, also winning seven "Grammy Awards", a "Golden Globe" and an "Academy Award". He was inducted into the "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame" in 2004, and the magazine "Rolling Stone" has ranked him at No. 27 on its list of the '100 Greatest Artists of All Time'. Prince died aged 57 at his home, the Paisley Park recording studio at Chanhassen, on April 21st 2016, after suffering 'flu-like symptoms' the week before his death.
Posted: 22nd April 2016
Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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