Prince Rogers Nelson was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Mattie Shaw, a jazz singer and social worker, and John L. Nelson, a lyricist and pianist. His father’s stage name was “Prince Rogers”. After Prince parents separated it forced him to go back to both parents houses, and because he wasn’t the biggest fan of his step father it made him run away from home. He was adopted by a family named the Andersons. Prince soon after became friends with the Anderson’s son, Andre Anderson together along with Charles Smith they joined a band called Grand Central. After all agreeing they changed the name of the band to Champagne, after changing the name the band was somewhat successful but shortly after they ended up breaking up.
By this time he is 18, he started working on high-quality demo tracks with Chris Moon. With these demo tracks Prince eventually ended up signing a recording contract with Warner Brothers Records, he became the youngest producer to associated with a label.
A Star Is Born:
Prince made his debut on the record label with his 1978 album, For You. It wasn’t a strong successful album, however it was fair for a beginning artist and ranked 163 on the U.S. Pop Charts. The next releases would tend to do much better on the charts with his singles, “Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?” and I Wanna Be Your Lover in 1979. Just because he did well with his first couple of albums don’t mean that he wasn’t on everyone A list because he wasn’t.. To be honest he was a sexual person with his songs and that didn’t sit very well the listeners. Actually because of Prince song “Darling Nikki ” it caused such up an uproar that people took it into their hands and started a censorship organization called, Parents Music Resource Center (P.M.R.C.)
In 1984 he released what would be seen as an admired and profound masterpiece the feature film/sound-track album, Purple Rain in 1984. His father contributed to this album, by cowriting the chord sequence for a couple of his songs. Prince continued to give cowriting credit to his father on several other albums, as his famous chord sequence would be used in several of Prince’s singles and albums.
The Movie “Purple Rain”
So you because he thought that Purple Rain was such a hit, yes he tried to make a sequel, calling it Graffiti Bridge in 1990. That didn’t go as plan, from the feedback that everyone that watched it said that it was forced and it was a terrible movie.
After the movie was a fail, he started a band “The New Power Generation” They did really well, and he wanted to change everything including his name so then he became “The Artist Formerly Known As Prince”. That didn’t last very long, he went back to just “Prince”
Prince Dead At 57
Prince died on April 21, 2016 in Chanhassen, Minnesota, at his Paisley Park recording studio complex. He was 57.
He will be remembered as a legendary artist who inspired millions through his music, and set an inspirational platform which others still abide by.