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Prince Rogers Nelson 'Prince', the singer, songwriter and renowned innovator known for his flamboyant stage presence, has passed away aged 57 on 21st April 2016.
Prince was born in 1958 in Minneapolis. He was reported to have penned his first song aged just seven years old. His breakthrough moment came in 1979 with his second album, the eponymous Prince which featured the smash singles “Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad” and “I Wanna Be Your Lover”. He was a prodigious musical talent; writing, arranging, producing and playing the majority of his hit records.
It was Purple Rain, the 1984 cult classic film and its award-winning soundtrack which catapulted Prince to worldwide fame and adoration, winning him an Oscar for best soundtrack, featuring the tracks “When Doves Cry”, “Let’s Go Crazy” and of course “Purple Rain”.
He was a true innovator, spanning genres as diverse as funk, rock, R&B, disco, pop and jazz effortlessly. His musical output was truly astounding. With his band The Revolution he wrote more than two dozen songs over a five year period, including “Little Red Corvette”, “Raspberry Beret” and “Kiss”, as well as writing for other artists under pseudonyms. Under the moniker Christopher for example, he penned “Manic Monday” for The Bangles, as well as “Nothing Compares 2 U”, famously covered by Sinead O'Connor.
Prince had a phenomenal stage presence, which was both flamboyant and sexual. He toured right up until his death. Most recently with his band 3RDEYEGIRL he staged a series of surprise gigs, often not announced until hours before over Twitter.
Since the release of his debut album For You in 1978, Prince went on to write 39 studio albums. Over a nearly 40 year career, he sold over 100 million albums.
A truly influential and talented musician who will be sorely missed.
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