Prince was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to John L. Nelson and Matti Shaw in June of 1958. His father was a songwriter and his mother was a jazz singer.
He sadly passed away on 21st April 2016.
As a child, Prince was nicknamed Skippy, and he suffered from epilepsy. He had a troubled childhood after his parents separated and he went to live with the family of Andre Cymone, who would later become his bass player.
Music Career: Prince started out his music career writing lyrics for his friend Pepe Willie's band 94 East.
Prince's first major label solo album came in 1978, and was entitled For You.
Prince had compiled his first backing band by 1979, consisting of Andre Cymone, Dez Dickerson, Gayle Chapman, Bobby Z and Doctor Fink. The intentionally multi-racial line-up was inspired by the band put together by Sly Stone, another of Prince's influences.
The second solo album was simply entitled Prince and he performed 'I Wanna Be Your Lover' and 'Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?' on American Bandstand in January 1980. He went on to open for Rick James's 1980 tour.
Later in 1980, Prince released Dirty Mind. Gayle Coleman disliked the explicit sexual content of the songs and left the band. She was replaced by Lisa Coleman. When he supported The Rolling Stones, he was booed offstage.
In 1981, he released the album Controversy. The same year, he formed a side project known as The Time, thanks to a clause in his contract with Warner Brothers that gave him full artistic control over his work. Morris Day was lead vocalist of The Time.
When 1999 was released in 1982, Prince became part of the first wave of African American artists to appear on MTV, along with Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson. His backing band at the time were known as The Revolution and were credited as such on his next album, Purple Rain, which won an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score. Brown Mark had joined the band on bass.
In 1986, Prince released the album Parade, reaching number three on the Billboard charts. The album was also used as a soundtrack to Prince's second film, Under the Cherry Moon, which also starred Kristin Scott Thomas. That year, he also wrote 'Manic Monday', which would become a hit for The Bangles, though he was credited as 'Christopher'. At the end of the promotional tour for the album, Prince split up The Revolution; he fired Wendy, Lisa and Bobby Z, Brown Mark quit and Prince brought Sheila E. on board, as well as Miko Weaver, Eric Leeds and Atlanta Bliss.
The next album with The Revolution was 1986's Dream Factory. He then recorded a solo album, Camille, which was never released. Warner Brothers then forced Prince to release a double album, which became Sign O' The Times, released in 1987.
Continuing his prolific run, Prince released the hugely successful Lovesexy in 1988. The lead single was 'Alphabet St.' The following year, he made an appearance on Madonna's Like A Prayer album. Tim Burton then asked Prince to record a soundtrack to his upcoming Batman film, which starred Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson.
In 1990, Prince released Graffiti Bridge. The following year, he changed the name of his band to New Power Generation and they recorded and released the 1991 album Diamonds and Pearls.
Prince then released his twelfth studio album. It was untitled, but displayed an unpronounceable symbol on the cover. He later copyrighted the symbol as 'love symbol'. In 1993, he changed his stage name to this and was frequently referred to as The Artist Formerly Known As Prince. His next full-length album, Come, was credited to 'Prince 1958-1993'. The next album, The Gold Experience was released via an independent distributor. Chaos and Disorder (1996) was Prince's final album for Warner Bros.
Emancipation was his first album on his own label NPG Records. The album featured covers of other artists' songs, including Joan Osborne. In 1998, Prince released a five-CD compilation of unreleased material. He returned to calling himself Prince in 2000 and went on to release The Rainbow Children, N.E.W.S. and Xpectation. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 and performed a cover of George Harrison's 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps'. His next album, Musicology was released in 2004.
After signing to Universal Records, Prince released 3121 in 2006. His summer 2007 tour included 21 nights at London's O2 arena. The tickets, priced ½31.21, included a free copy of his latest album.
In 2008 Prince performed at the legendary Coachella festival where it was reported that he was paid more than $5 million for his performance. Also in this year he released a live album entitled Indigo Nights and 21 Nights as an accompanying book of poems, lyrics and photos.
In 2010 Prince embarked on his 20Ten Tour that started in Abu Dhabi and was also introduced in to the Grammy Hall of Fame on 7th December.
In January 2013 he released a lyric video for a new song called Screwdriver and later that year he announced a West Coast tour with his band 3rdeyegirl.
In 2014 he performed at various concerts in the UK on his Hit and Run Tour which saw him performing once again with 3rdeyegirl. After an 18 year break from record label Warner Bro's they announced that a special deluxe edition of his 1984 album Purple Rain would be released too celebrate the 30th anniversary of the breakthrough album.
In 2015 Prince released his penultimate album Hit n Run Phase One on 14th September.
Image/ style: Prince was known for his flamboyant style and was likened to having the same kind of influence as other iconic stars such as David Bowie. One of his most memorable styles consisted of wearing makeup and frilled garments during his performances on stage. He was also praised for having females appear in his bands and supporting women's rights in the music industry.
Personal Life: Prince has been romantically linked with a number of high-profile celebrities, including Carmen Electra, Sheena Easton, Stevie Nicks and Kim Basinger.
Prince married his backing singer Mayte Garcia in 1996. They had a son, Boy Gregory in 1996, but he died shortly after birth, as he had Pfeiffer Syndrome. Prince and Garcia divorced in 1999.
In 2001, Prince married Manuela Testolini. They divorced in 2006.
Prince was a Jehovah's Witness and as a result did not speak publicly about his charitable endeavors though has been credited with creating a number of social projects.
On 21st April 2016 Prince was found unresponsive in his lift and passed away when CPR attempts failed to make a difference. It was reported that he had been suffering from influenza in the lead up to his death but the exact cause of his death has not been established.
The ruffled shirt and biker jacket Prince wore in the movie Purple Rain are to go under the hammer at auction next month (Jul16).
Bidding on the silk shirt will start at $3,000 (GBP2,250) when the eBay sale begins on Friday (01Jul16), while the corduroy jacket will be on offer for $6,000 (GBP4,500).
The items are part of the auction website's Hollywood Auction 83, a three-day event which begins on Wednesday (29Jun16).
The big sale also features memorabilia linked to James Bond Daniel Craig, Britney Spears and Marilyn Monroe.
Sheila E is releasing a new track in honour of her friend, one-time lover and collaborator Prince.
The Purple Rain singer's passing aged 57 in April (16) inspired Sheila, 58, who performed and recorded as part of his band throughout the 1980s, to pen a song in his memory.
Sheila's track, a heartfelt piano ballad titled Girl Meets Boy, premiered online with an accompanying video on People.com.
The lyrics to the song see Sheila, who met Prince at her concert in 1978, reminiscing about her almost four decades as a close confidant of the late musician.
Continue reading: Sheila E Honours Former Lover Prince With New Song
A Minnesota judge has given the attorneys linked to the Prince estate battle two weeks to file papers before he makes a decision on the best way to proceed.
More than 20 lawyers crowded into a courtroom in suburban Minneapolis on Monday morning (27Jun16) for the latest hearing into the Prince saga as state judge Kevin Eide set out to determine the proper procedures for proving a blood relationship to the late music icon.
Five of Prince's siblings also attended the hearing, along with representatives for people claiming to be the Purple Rain singer's legal heirs.
The estate issue became a mess shortly after Prince's death on 21 April (16), when it emerged he had left no will.
Stars including Janelle Monae, Erykah Badu and Sheila E. delivered a series of tributes to Prince through out the night at Sunday's (26Jun16) BET Awards.
The heavily trailed celebration of the singer, who died in April (16), saw a number of top musicians performing the late musician's songs throughout the ceremony, hosted by America's Black Entertainment Television Network(BET) at Los Angeles' Microsoft Theater.
According to Billboard.com, Chappelle said in his introduction, "On April 21, we got that news (that Prince had died), and literally our hearts were broken. I was 11 years old when Purple Rain came out, and by the time I was 20, Prince had changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol... We miss him dearly. And tonight we celebrate the rich legacy of this remarkable genius, who we are all so proud of."
Continue reading: Stars Deliver Series Of Emotional Prince Tributes At Bet Awards
Prince's estate battle will continue in a suburban Minneapolis, Minnesota court on Monday (27Jun16).
A judge will hold a hearing to discuss procedures for determining who will inherit the late music icon's fortune, in the absence of a will.
It's the second hearing into the estate drama since Prince died following an accidental drug overdose in April (16).
His sister Tyka Nelson and five half-siblings have so far emerged as the leading beneficiaries of the Purple Rain singer's estimated $300 million (GBP222.3 million) fortune.
Continue reading: Judge Returns To Prince Estate Battle
A lock of David Bowie's hair has sold at auction for $18,750 (£13,700).
The odd item, which was snipped from the late rocker's head by a former employee of Madame Tussauds in London who was working on the music icon's 1983 waxwork double, was one of the highlights of the Heritage Auctions memorabilia sale on Saturday (25Jun16).
Prince's custom-made Yellow Cloud guitar, a favourite of the late musician from the late 1980s to the mid-1990s, was also a big hit at the Beverly Hills auction - it went under the hammer for $137,500 (£100,700) and was reportedly sold to Jim Irsay, the owner of American football team the Indianapolis Colts.
Irsay is an avid music memorabilia collector, who reportedly bought a drum kit once owned by Beatles star Ringo Starr for over $2 million (£1.5 million) in December (16).
Continue reading: David Bowie's Hair And Prince's Guitar Sell At Beverly Hills Auction
An inmate in a Colorado prison has lost his bid to challenge Prince's estate for a share of the music icon's fortune.
Carlin Q. Williams has failed a DNA test, proving he is not Prince's son - and therefore is not entitled to inherit a share of the singer's $300 million (GBP204,000) estate.
An anonymous person who has seen a sealed document tells The Associated Press Williams has no biological links to the Purple Rain hitmaker, who died in April (16).
Williams, who claimed his mother had unprotected sex with Prince at a Kansas City, Missouri, hotel in 1976, is serving eight years in federal prison for unlawfully transporting a firearm in a stolen vehicle.
Continue reading: Colorado Prison Inmate Is Not Prince's Son
Judith Hill, the singer who was with Prince when he fell ill on a plane journey from Georgia days before his death, was also part of Michael Jackson's team on the King of Pop's ill-fated This Is It tour.
Judith has revealed she was with Prince on 15 April (16) as he travelled from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to his home base in Minnesota after a gig and she told The New York Times she was chatting to the superstar and enjoying dinner with him on the aircraft when he lost consciousness.
Judith and the singer's aide, Kirk Johnson, attempted to revive the superstar and then alerted the pilot, who made the decision to land the plane in Illinois, where Prince was revived with a shot of Narcan - used to treat opioid overdoses.
He died days later of an opioid overdose amid reports suggesting he was taking heavy painkillers for an ongoing hip injury.
Continue reading: Prince's Protege Also Witnessed Michael Jackson's Demise
Prince's protegee Judith Hill "thought he was gone" when he lost consciousness on his private plane, just six days before his death.
The Purple Rain singer, who would have turned 58 earlier this month (Jun16), passed away from an opioid overdose on 21 April (16).
On 15 April Judith had been with Prince as he travelled from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to head back to Minneapolis. She told The New York Times that she was chatting to the superstar and enjoying dinner with him on the aircraft when she witnessed him lose consciousness.
Judith was on the plane with Prince and the singer's aide Kirk Johnson, and when the pair couldn't revive the superstar, they alerted the pilot who made the decision to land the plane. When the aircraft landed at Moline, Illinois, the group were met by an ambulance and Prince was revived with a shot of Narcan - used to treat opioid overdoses.
Continue reading: Prince's Protegee Recalls Terrifying Emergency Plane Landing
Donatella Versace stunned fans at her Milan fashion show in Italy over the weekend by playing unheard Prince songs as her models hit the runway.
Donatella paid a very personal tribute to the music icon, who was a close friend, by sharing tracks he dedicated to her over the years for the fashion elite as part of the Versace menswear presentation at Milan Fashion Week.
The designer told Billboard she wanted to play the songs as her tribute to "a dear and much missed friend".
She told the publication, "My heart was broken by the news of Prince’s passing - I am still in shock. I wanted to express my love and admiration for my friend who I miss so much. Celebrating him and his music at my menswear show seemed like the best way.
Continue reading: Donatella Versace Shares Secret Prince Songs At Milan Fashion Show
Prince - February 4, 2007; Prince the Halftime Show for Super Bowl XLI. December 25, 2008; Prince having a good time at the LA Lakers game. - Los Angeles And South Flordia, California, United States - Sunday 4th February 2007
Prince - February 4, 2007; Prince the Halftime Show for Super Bowl XLI. December 25, 2008; Prince having a good time at the LA Lakers game. - Los Angeles And South Flordia, California, United States - Thursday 25th December 2008
Prince, Prince Rogers Nelson and 3rd Eye Girl - Prince performs at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on the last night of the UK leg of his Hit & Run Part II Tour - Leeds, United Kingdom - Saturday 24th May 2014
Date of birth
7th June, 1958
Date of death
21st April, 2016
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