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On June 7th, 1958 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Prince Rogers Nelson was born. Prince showed at an early age he was a prodigy songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist. After running away from his mother and step-dad and joining his father John Nelson he was given his first guitar. He had written his own material from an early age, becoming conversant with both piano and guitar.
In high school he began to play his music with a band he started called Champagne. Prince continued his music development through out the early 70's with the emergence of an underground scene that included Flyte Time, Jellybean Johnson, Terry Lewis and Alexander O'Neal. With the help of Chris Moon in 1976, Prince became familiar with music studio operations and cut his first demo and began a major hyping campaign. It wasn't long before he signed to a long-term, flexible contract with Warner Brothers Records.
He spent double his entire advance on the production of a single album. 'Soft And Wet' sold moderately in the U.S. but did well on the R&B charts reassuring his label they had made a wise investment. By 1979 Prince had put together a firm band and they headed to the studio to record 'Dirty Mind'. Despite spending far less time and money on this album, Prince charted number 22 on the U.S. charts and produced two successful singles, 'Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?' and 'I Wanna Be Your Lover'. Within 12 months Prince released 2 more albums. 'Controversy' and '1999' prompted a promotional tour that headlined Prince and the Revolution along with an all-girl Prince creation called Vanity 6. 'Little Red Corvette' was lifted from the album as the first single to gain significant airplay on MTV, which is what the song was almost entirely constructed for. Soon after Prince began working on 'Purple Rain' in which he would star. 'When Doves Cry' was taken from the soundtrack and promptly rose to the top of the U.S. charts. 'Let's Go Crazy' and 'Purple Rain' further established his role as an icon for the 80's.
In 1985 'Around The World In A Day' was released and topped the U.S. charts for a three-week period. It was around that same time Prince founded the studio/label/complex he called Paisley Park which would become central operations for his future endeavors. As he began work on a second movie, 'Under The Cherry Moon', he released the single 'Kiss'. It became his third U.S. number one hit with a song he had written for the Bangles, 'Manic Monday', holding a steady second behind it. Prince was soon on stage again promoting 'Parade' with a tour of the same name. 1989 closed with a Madonna duet. Along side Michael Jackson she was the only artist able to compete with Prince in terms of popularity.
1990 was dominated by Prince's soundtrack for the year's biggest movie, Batman. The album proved a commercial smash topping the U.S. charts for six weeks. The same year Sinead O'Connor recorded a version of Prince's 'Nothing Compares 2 U' which topped both U.S. and U.K. charts. He also released a new album of original compositions, half sung by himself and the rest sung by guests including Devin Campbell, Mavis Staples and the Time. 'Graffiti Bridge,' which accompanied a movie release titled the same, was not domestically as successful as past endeavors. However, the album made number one in the U.K.
Throughout the following years Prince would release a number of albums including 'Diamonds and Pearls'. The Love Symbol Album followed and, with it, his unique, literally symbolic change of name. Shortly after Prince abandoned the symbol and became The Artist Formerly Known As Prince. The change of names also brought a new album, 'The Gold Experience', a return to the raunchy funk of his 80's work, which was apparent in tracks like 'Pussy Control', 'I Hate You' and his best selling hit in many years, 'The Most Beautiful Girl In The World'. In 1996 Prince lost the New Power Generation and announced he would not be touring so he could spend more time with his family. He celebrated his release from Warner Brothers with a new release 'Emancipation'. Another 4-CD set, 'Crystal Ball was initially sold only over the internet before release to major distributors. The first three CD's were complied of previously unreleased tracks while the fourth CD featured 12 new songs. In May of 2000 Prince reverted to his original moniker and the confusion across the world over what to call him was gone. 2001 brought two more albums with his name on them, a greatest hits album entitled 'The Very Best of Prince' and 'The Rainbow Children'.
Prince has gained his place in the history of music. From the beginning to the present he has supplied great music that only he could do. Prince's tours sell out in record time and make tickets pretty hard to come by. From the U.S. to the U.K., from number one single to number one album, artist of the year to artist of a lifetime, Prince is always going to be a show-to-see.
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