Prince Biography (Wikipedia)
Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016) was an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. He was a musical innovator who was known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, extravagant dress and makeup, and wide vocal range. His music integrates a wide variety of styles, including funk, rock, R&B, new wave, soul, psychedelia, and pop. He has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. He won seven Grammy Awards, an American Music Award, a Golden Globe Award, and an Academy Award for the film Purple Rain. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, his first year of eligibility. Rolling Stone ranked Prince at number 27 on its list of 100 Greatest Artists, "the most influential artists of the rock & roll era".
Prince was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and developed an interest in music as a young child. He signed a recording contract with Warner Bros. at the age of 18, and released his debut album For You in 1978. His 1979 album Prince went platinum, and his next three records—Dirty Mind (1980), Controversy (1981), and 1999 (1982)—continued his success, showcasing Prince's prominently sexual lyrics and blending of funk, dance, and rock music. In 1984, he began referring to his backup band as the Revolution and released Purple Rain, the soundtrack album to his eponymous 1984 film debut. It quickly became his most critically and commercially successful release, spending 24 consecutive weeks atop the Billboard 200 and selling over 20 million units worldwide. After releasing the albums Around the World in a Day (1985) and Parade (1986), The Revolution disbanded, and Prince released the 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.
- A Poem for Princehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04h5tvd.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04h5tvd.jpg2016-12-07T08:00:00.000ZMurray Lachlan Young composed a poem to celebrate the life of the Prince.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04h5t84
A Poem for Prince
- Power of 3: Radio 3 investigates the 'Minneapolis Sound' as part of a whole weekend broadcast from the American Midwest (48/70)https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04g9t11.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04g9t11.jpg2016-11-14T14:57:00.000ZMedia historian Prof. David Hendy looks at significant moments in Radio 3’s history.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04g9t68
Power of 3: Radio 3 investigates the 'Minneapolis Sound' as part of a whole weekend broadcast from the American Midwest (48/70)
- How Prince was responsible for Parental Advisory stickershttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02m49fy.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02m49fy.jpg2016-11-02T16:32:00.000ZNick Berkeley discusses the impact of Prince's 1984 song Darling Nikki.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04dz3tz
How Prince was responsible for Parental Advisory stickers
- Hazel O'Connor recalls the time she first encountered Princehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p041f06m.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p041f06m.jpg2016-07-14T07:26:00.000Z"It just put tingles up my spine"http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p041f07r
Hazel O'Connor recalls the time she first encountered Prince
- JD Twitch's Prince Tribute Mixhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03rym87.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03rym87.jpg2016-04-23T10:28:00.000ZOptimo's JD Twitch put together a mix of Prince tracks as a tribute to the global icon.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03rymc8
JD Twitch's Prince Tribute Mix
- Gregory Porter: "Prince was one of the great musical masters"https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03rty7b.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03rty7b.jpg2016-04-22T08:36:00.000ZGregory Porter pays tribute to Prince.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03rty94
Gregory Porter: "Prince was one of the great musical masters"
- Trevor Nelson pays tribute to Prince: "He made sure every fan got a unique experience at every gig he did."https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03rs3n6.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03rs3n6.jpg2016-04-21T20:43:00.000ZTrevor Nelson tells Jo Whiley about warming up for Prince as a DJ.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03rs4tr
Trevor Nelson pays tribute to Prince: "He made sure every fan got a unique experience at every gig he did."
- Prince is inducted into Michael Ball's Singers' Hall of Famehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03rrnd5.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03rrnd5.jpg2015-03-29T19:50:00.000ZPrince is inducted into the Singers' Hall of Fame on Sunday Night with Michael Ball.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p02mx76p
Prince is inducted into Michael Ball's Singers' Hall of Fame