Prince transitioned today, Thursday, April 21, 2016.
Born Prince Rogers Nelson in Minneapolis, Minnesota on June 7, 1958, Prince was an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and actor, serving as a major figure in popular music for over three decades. He was renowned as an innovator and was widely known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence and wide vocal range. He was widely regarded as the pioneer of the Minneapolis sound. His music combined rock, R&B, soul, funk, hip hop, disco, psychedelia, jazz, and pop.
Prince developed an interest in music at an early age, writing his first song at age seven. After recording songs with his cousin’s band 94 East, the 19-year-old Prince recorded several unsuccessful demo tapes before releasing his debut album ‘For You’ in 1978. His 1979 album ‘Prince’ went platinum due to the success of the singles “Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?” and “I Wanna Be Your Lover“. His next three records ‘Dirty Mind’ (1980), ‘Controversy’ (1981), and ‘1999’ (1982) continued his success, showcasing Prince’s trademark of prominently sexual lyrics and incorporation of elements of funk, dance and rock music. In 1984, Prince began referring to his backup band as The Revolution and released ‘Purple Rain’ which served as the soundtrack to his film debut of the same name. A prolific songwriter, Prince in the 1980s wrote songs for a number of artists and produced work by many other acts, often under pseudonyms such as “Jamie Starr”, “Christopher”, “Joey Coco”, “The Artist Formerly Known as Prince” to name a few. In 1993, Prince changed his stage name to an unpronounceable symbol (O(+>) also known as the “Love Symbol”. In 2000, he began referring to himself as “Prince” again.
Prince sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. He won seven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, the first year of his eligibility. Rolling Stone magazine has ranked Prince at number 27 on its list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”.
My heart is broken over the news of Prince’s transition…a most original, talented, elegant and beautiful man. There will only be one Prince – one “Purple One”. Reports continue to be broadcast covering the life, career and passing of Prince. I suspect such reports will continue for days to come. Though I was a fan of Prince’s music, becoming such since his debut in 1978, I did not know the man on a personal basis – though I would have loved to! I cannot possibly give Prince’s transition, his life or his career and contributions to music, to the community and to the world the justice it so richly deserves in a Facebook post. I invite you…no, I encourage you to search the internet yourself and read and learn all you can about man named Prince. Those of you who consider yourselves “hardcore” fans of Prince should read too. You might learn something new about the man. Prince’s story is nothing short of fascinating.
Prince was 57 when he transitioned at his Paisley Park recording studio and home in Chanhassen, Minnesota, near Minneapolis, according to reports. Prince will be missed on the physical plane but his music and his very huge influence in various music genres will forever live on.
Thank you, Prince for enriching all of our lives through your music and talent. Rest in peace my good man.
– RobFather X
(Excerpts of this transition bio article were adapted from Wikipedia and other sources.)
© RobFather X! Productions