Today is a day for both celebration and reflection. On this day, June 7, The Beautiful One was born as Prince Nelson Rogers in 1958 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. From the very beginning, this prodigal rocker was moved to blend elements of rock, funk, and soul in such a perfect alchemy that all attempts to replicate it end in folly.
Today, April 21st, is the one-year anniversary of Prince’s death and we’ll be sharing some of our reflections on the one-of-a-kind musical genius and dynamo. I wrote this piece below exactly a year ago today upon learning of his passing. The loss remains as profound today as it did upon hearing the news.
Signed to Warner Bros. Records as a 17-year-old wunderkind, Prince would release “For You” in 1978. However, it was the platinum-selling offering Prince that would truly let the world know they were listening to a once in a lifetime phenomenon. “Dirty Minds”, “Controversy” and “1999” would continually remind the listener of that.
He would lend his creative leadership to The Revolution, and later the New Power Generation, but it was always clear from where the vibes flowed.
April 21st is the one-year anniversary of Prince’s death and we’ll be sharing some of our reflections on the one-of-a-kind musical genius and dynamo. Sign o’ the Times, Prince’s ninth studio album, was released on March 30, 1987 by Paisley Park Records and Warner Bros. Records.
After a brief hiatus, he would release “Around the World in a Day” and Parade before disbanding The Revolution and working with The New Power Generation. Contractual concerns with his label would result in Prince using a logo to symbolize his name. Called “The Love Symbol”, it would act as his moniker for almost a decade, and five albums, before he began referring to himself as Prince once again.
He went on an unheard of creative streak from 2000 up until his death. His last album “Hit n Run Phase Two” was released on Tidal in 2015.
Five months later, on April 21, 2016, Prince Nelson Rogers was found unresponsive at his home in Chanhassen, Minnesota. The cause of death was accidental overdose from fentanyl. Today it was reported that the Estate of Prince will be releasing a new album from Prince and it will undoubtedly be snatched up.
Though clearly subjective, it is hard to refute it when one surmises that Prince was the last true rock star. But on this day, we celebrate the gifts that he left in his passing.
Through his music, we can still hear the many sides of the complicated man that was Prince.
The Last Great Rock Guitarist
Prince, Tom Petty, Steve Winwood, Jeff Lynne and others perform “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” at the 2004 Hall of Fame Inductions. http://rockhall.com/ Buy “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”: https://goo.gl/8sEuNp Buy the Rock Hall of Fame Vinyl: http://goo.gl/fVR2Go Buy the Rock Hall of Fame 3 DVD set: http://goo.gl/W7mKXa Visit us!
Prince: The Storyteller
From the Sign ‘O’ the Time (1987), Disc 1. A song about a waitress with a famous and interesting name. all credits to my beloved Prince, i dont own this
Prince: The Sexually Suggestive
Uploaded by Prince on 2017-09-08.
Prince: The Soul Singer
“If God One Day Struck Me Blind…’ Great live version of the infamous slow jam, which was recorded on June The 19th 2004 on the Musicology Tour Aftershow….
Prince: The Mournful Truthteller
Uploaded by Prince on 2017-08-11.