Prince was born in Minneapolis on June 7, 1958. His mother, Mattie Shaw, was a singer in the group where John L. Nelson played. He was an amateur pianist whom Mattie would later marry. Besides, that band was called Prince Roger Trio, hence the name of his son. When Prince was seven years old, his parents divorced, and he got his father’s piano.
Aside from the piano, he also learned to play electric guitar and a host of different instruments. At the age of 17, he began to be part of Warner Bros, a company with which he signed a millionaire contract. After a year, he released his first album called For You.
In 1979, he released his second album called Prince. This allowed him to achieve his first hits with songs like I Feel For You and I Wanna Be Your Lover. After this, he began to control everything related to his work. This included the choreographies, costumes, and accompanying musicians. In addition, it also had its own recording studio.
On the other hand, Prince became more popular in 1984 thanks to Purple Rain. He even received a Grammy Award and an Oscar for Best Song, Songwriter, and Singer. His music was a combination of funk, jazz, and additionally disco. Throughout his career, he edited thirty albums with recognized hits. In addition, Prince was considered one of the most eccentric artists in pop music in the United States.
Prince as a band man
Without a doubt, Prince was considered to be the greatest orchestral man in contemporary music. This legend was a singer, writer, and teacher on the piano, guitar, and percussion. Besides, he was able to play all 27 instruments on his first album. He was also a master of rock, R&B, funk, pop, sexual icon, and activist. All of these terms and thousands more continue to define Prince. Unfortunately, his death caught everyone by surprise. However, he left one of the best legacies for all future generations.
On the other hand, in the 70s he surprised everyone thanks to Why you wanna treat me so bad. This is an incredible feat because at the age of 20 he had already marked a path that would lead him straight to glory. By then, he was in a moment of fame at the height of Michael Jackson and Jimmy Hendrix. Even the person he most admired and who wanted to know everything about his life, James Brown.
However, what set him apart from Prince was his own style. During an interview they told him to describe or define his music. For this, he replied: “My music is something that comes from my heart.”
Prince slept little, he said that three hours was enough. This most likely explains his prolific work and his ability to produce four albums in 18 months. Within an approximate, we can say that it is a record, 10 albums in 40 years. Another interesting fact is that Prince made his recordings in his own studio. In addition, he was able to maintain a retreat where he protested about the conditions of exploitation of the industry. After a while, he reappeared with a photo and a message that said “Slave.”
Prince’s rise to fame
Few people knew Prince at first. However, thanks to the Purple Rain soundtrack a large group of people found out who the composer really was. This recognition was a bit late but better late than never.
On the other hand, the great problem and virtue of Prince centered on the fact that he was a free verse. This means that he had everything to manage his career in a different way. However, he preferred to opt for a more personal and unpredictable mode of employment. His bibliography and extensive literature showed a great artistic dimension. All this referred to everything visual and music that had to do with him.
The best songs to remember Prince
This song by Prince is a combination of symphonic, gospel, pop, and rock music. Without a doubt, it became one of the main themes in this artist’s career. Purple Rain was part of the album of the same name, which was released in 1984. For this album, Prince recorded the songs with a band of musicians called The Revolution.
Additionally, Purple Rain won an Oscar for Best Song in 1985. The song was recorded at a benefit concert in Prince’s hometown of Minneapolis.
Let’s go crazy by Prince
Another hit song that was also part of the Purple Rain album is Let’s go crazy. This managed to position itself in the first place within the Billboard list in the US At the beginning of the song, we can hear an organ solo. Then this is transformed into an excellent combination of synthesizers, electronic drums, and guitars.
On the other hand, some music experts have some theories about the resounding success of this Prince album. They claim that the success is due to the fact that the artist fused rhythms for black and white people like R&B.
Little Red Corvette
Little Red Corvette is a song that tells the story of a one-night stand. Thanks to this, Prince managed to reach the top 10 of the most listened to within the United States. In addition, this song is part of the 1999 album which Prince released in 1982. This was described by some critics as an album that includes soul, synthetic pop and funk.
When Doves Cry
By this time, Prince was already at the peak of fame. However, When Doves Cry was the song that placed him at number one on the top hits list. This position kept him in the United States for a few weeks. Spin magazine considers this issue a masterpiece. This is because Prince was the one who recorded all the instrumentation, apart from singing it.
Raspberry Beret is a song belonging to the album Around the World in a Day. This marked Prince’s transition to the pop genre. Here, he included unusual sounds, stringed instruments, and various harmonicas.
Kiss by Prince
Kiss is part of the Parade album that was released in 1986. At first, this was just an acoustic demo. A short time later, Prince gave it to the Mazarati group and they created the instrumentation. The results were great and Prince was happy with the results. Because of this, he included it on his album.