Prince“The Artist Formerly Known as…”. Born 7 June 1958. Died 21 April 2016
Prince Biography (Wikipedia)
Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016) was an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer and filmmaker.
Born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Prince was known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, extravagant fashion sense and use of makeup, and wide vocal range. Prince was also a multi-instrumentalist; considered a guitar virtuoso, he was also skilled at playing the drums, percussion, bass, keyboards, and synthesizer. His innovative music integrated a wide variety of styles, including funk, rock, R&B, new wave, soul, psychedelia, and pop. He sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. He won eight Grammy Awards, six American Music Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and an Academy Award for the 1984 film Purple Rain. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.
Prince developed an interest in music as a young child and wrote his first song at the age of seven. He signed a recording contract with Warner Bros. Records at the age of 17, and released his debut album For You in 1978. His 1979 album Prince went platinum, and his next three albums—Dirty Mind (1980), Controversy (1981), and 1999 (1982)—continued his success, showcasing his prominently explicit 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 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 copies 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.
- Mary Anne speaks to Prince's sound engineer Susan Rogershttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p069l4ry.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p069l4ry.jpg2018-06-09T08:37:00.000ZSusan Rogers worked on albums including Purple Rain, Around the World in a Day, Parade, Sign o' the Times and The Black Album.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p069l3sw
Mary Anne speaks to Prince's sound engineer Susan Rogers
- “I still feel his spirit” – Janelle Monáe on Princehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p045t4jw.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p045t4jw.jpg2018-03-21T11:25:00.000ZIn this clip Janelle speaks to Annie about the man behind the music, and how his search for perfection and authenticity have influenced her attitude to work and creativity.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p061txmd
“I still feel his spirit” – Janelle Monáe on Prince
- Growing up with Prince: Tyka Nelson chats to Mary Anne Hobbshttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05l6z22.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05l6z22.jpg2017-10-29T13:04:00.000ZPrince's younger sister Tyka Nelson joins Mary Anne to reflect on her childhood with her brother, and a new exhibition about his life and work called 'My Name Is Prince'.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p05l6nz2
Growing up with Prince: Tyka Nelson chats to Mary Anne Hobbs
- Prince wanted his sister to open a music schoolhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05l71bv.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05l71bv.jpg2017-10-29T09:15:00.000ZPrince's younger sister Tyka Nelson explains why she re-opened Paisley Park as a museum, and sheds light on Prince's plans for her to open a music school.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p05l6ycs
Prince wanted his sister to open a music school
- Fans invited to bring memorabilia to new Prince exhibitionhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05l6zws.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05l6zws.jpg2017-10-29T09:10:00.000ZTyka Nelson talks about the new Prince exhibition in London, 'My Name Is Prince', which includes an opportunity for fans to leave memorabilia to be taken back to Paisley Park.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p05l6yjp
Fans invited to bring memorabilia to new Prince exhibition
- Tyka Nelson: My Childhood with Princehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05l6z22.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05l6z22.jpg2017-10-29T09:00:00.000ZPrince's younger sister Tyka Nelson reflects on their childhood home, the music their parents played, the dens they built, and how Prince started out playing percussion!https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p05l6yfq
Tyka Nelson: My Childhood with Prince
- Sharleen Spiteri - My Favourite Albumhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p0556fhd.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p0556fhd.jpg2017-06-07T10:51:00.000ZSharleen Spiteri tells Nicola Meighan why her favourite album is Parade by Prince and the Revolutionhttps://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p0556f54
Sharleen Spiteri - My Favourite Album
- 'It became a gospel song for me' Stacy Francis on her cover of Prince's Purple Rainhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04r9pmv.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04r9pmv.jpg2017-01-30T13:26:00.000ZAmerican singer and actress Stacy Francis chats to Ace about Prince.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04r9prn
'It became a gospel song for me' Stacy Francis on her cover of Prince's Purple Rain
- 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.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04h5t84
A Poem for Prince
- 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.https://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"https://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.https://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.https://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.https://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.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p02mx76p
Prince is inducted into Michael Ball's Singers' Hall of Fame