Prince has died today at the age of 57. Price born Prince Rodgers Nelson was the Pioneer of the Minneapolis sound, and also where he was born and raised. He played most instruments except horns. No style of music could pigeon hole him either. Rock, Pop, Rand B, Jazz, Funk, Disco, Soul, Psychedelia, he could play it all.
He wrote songs for other Artists as well. Among them the Bangles, Sinéad o’Connor, Vanity as well as many more.
Price was signed at 17 and his first album was for Warner Brothers two years later in 1978 it contained the hit Soft and Wet . 1979 and 1980 saw a new album from prince each year. While in 1981 He work on a side project creating the band The Time. From 1984 to 1987 Price recorded with his new band The Revolution. In 1987 Price released two solo records and became a Jehovah’s Witness.
1991-1994 Prince worked with his new band The New Power Generation. In 1993, feeling betrayed by the label Warner Brothers, he changed his name to a cross between the symbol for male and female, thinking that it would be harder for Warner Brothers to market his work. On May 16, 2000 on live (French) TV He stopped using the symbol and returned to using the name Prince.
Prince was only 57, and I am sure we have not heard the last of him. It is rumored that he has a vault of music, film, videos and books of unreleased work. As we learn more about his death we can rest assured that as an artist he will continue to give for some time.