Prince Rogers Nelson in Minneapolis, Minnesota on June 7, 1958,
the future singer and songwriter alternately lived with his mother,
Mattie Shaw, and then his father, John Nelson following the couple's
breakup in 1960.
a boy, Prince was given his first guitar by his father, a jazz
musician with the Prince Rogers Trio - and for which his father
named his firstborn son.
his early teens, Prince had already embarked on a music career
playing in a band at local Minneapolis clubs and parties, eventually
arranging and composing his own songs heavily influenced by the
likes of rock legends Jimi Hendrix and Sly Stone. By his late
teens he was working on a demo tape that eventually caught the
attention of Warner Bros. Records, who signed the fledging funk
rocker to his first music contract.
in 1978, Prince's first album "For You" was a modest
success, followed by his self-titled sophomore album which spun-off
two very popular R&B hits, "Why You Wanna Treat Me So
Bad? and I Wanna Be Your Lover." Meanwhile, on
tour in live performances Prince soon gained wide attention for
his original sound as well as his flashy clothes, eccentric manner
and use of explicitly sexual lyrics.
the advent of MTV in the early 80's, Prince's fame was virtually
assured, as the new video music station featuring future mega-hits
"Little Red Corvette" and "Delirious" from
his new album, "1999".
Rocking the house at the 2007 Super Bowl.
long, Prince was combining an acting and musical career with the
the film hit "Purple Rain". A best-selling album of
the same name released in 1984 sold more than 13 million copies
and spent almost 6 months at the top of the Billboard Top 200.
Singles from the album also included Prince's all-time greatest
hits including "Let's Go Crazy" and "When Doves
Cry". The album later went on to win an Oscar
for Best Original Song Score.
Prince's reputation as a musical genius continued to rise throughout
the decade keeping him in constant demand as a songwriter, collaborator
and mentor for such pop sensations as Carmen
Electra, Vanity, Apollonia, Sheila E., Sheena Easton, and
The Bangles ("Manic Monday" was written under the pseudonym
He later rounded out his first important decade
of songwriting by composing "Nothing Compares 2 U",
which quickly became a huge worldwide hit for Sinead O'Connor
following decade was notable for Prince's ongoing battle with
his record label over creative control. It was in 1993 when Prince
changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol ,
(or The Artist Formerly Known as Prince), in protest against Warner
Bros' ownership of Prince as a "brand." He finally changed
it back to Prince in 2000. Since then, he has continued to compose,
perform and pioneer different pop genres and musical styles in
his own personal playground, Paisley
Park Studios, in his home town of Minneapolis.
released his critically acclaimed album "Musicology"
in 2004, the same year he was inducted into the Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame. The album went on to receive two Grammy
Awards, including Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for
the single Call My Name. The resulting worldwide tour
of the same name was also cited as the most profitable of 2004.
next album, 3121, was released in 2006 and became his first
career number-one debut on the Billboard 200. The following year, Prince was the subject of worldwide attention when he rocked
the house as featured act at the Super
Bowl halftime show, receiving glowing reviews for his live
"Purple Reign" performance over a rain-soaked Miami Dolphin
The rocker was back again in the spotlight in 2009 with the release of his triple album set containing LOtUSFLOW3R, MPLSoUND, and Elixer. He later released his next album "20Ten" in 2010, the same year he was honored with an induction into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
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