…adieu, Prince. We’ll miss you. RIP
Prince, the multi-talented musical genius who emerged from Minneapolis to become a controversial chart-topping singer/songwriter and movie star, died Thursday, according to TMZ.com.
The 57-year-old Prince was hospitalized last week with the flu, sparking rumors about his health. But the iconic musician appeared at a Paisley Park dance party last Saturday to quiet the speculation.
“Wait a few days before you waste any prayers,” Prince told the fans at his Minnesapolis estate.
The diminutive musical dynamo was born Prince Rogers Nelson on June 7, 1958, the son of a pianist in a Minnesota jazz band. He was playing piano by age seven, guitar at 13, and the drums one year later.
The precocious Purple One was signed to Warner Brothers Records while still a teen, releasing his debut album “For You” in 1978.
Prince played all the instruments, as well as writing all the music and lyrics — and produced the record himself.
The sexual themes of his lyrics — incest on “Sister,” for example or “I Wanna Be You Love” — turned the libidinous Prince into a polarizing figure.
He embraced the debate, titling his 1981 album “Controversy.”
Prince’s career peaked during the ‘80s, with “1999” spawning the title song and “Little Red Corvette” as huge radio and MTV hits.
The follow up was “Purple Rain,” a soundtrack to the loosely biographical movie that starred Prince and his band The Revolution.
The Oscar-winning album’s hits included “Purple Rain,” “When Doves Cry, “Let’s Go Crazy” and “Take Me With U” and sent Prince into the stratosphere of the Billboard charts with Bruce Springsteen and Madonna.
Prince made a surprise appearance at a dance party in Minnesota on Saturday, in what is believed to have been his final public appearance
His follow-up film and album, “Under The Cherry Moon,” was less successful and and slowed his career momentum. He later wrote the soundtrack for the Tim Burton version of “Batman.”
He wound up battling with Warner Brothers over control of his music, at one point changing his name to an unpronounceable symbol and appearing publicly with “Slave” written on his face.
He returned to the public eye in the new millennium, performing with Beyoncé at the 2004 Grammy Awards and winning a Golden Globe two years later for “Song of the Heart” from the animated film “Happy Feet.”