Music Icon Prince Dead at 57

Posted by Michael Mueller on April 21, 2016 at 4:21 PM

Iconic pop artist Prince passed away early Thursday (April 21) at his Paisley Park estate, in Chanhassen, Minnesota. He was 57.

A prolific songwriter, Prince Rogers Nelson was so much more than a pop star. He was an astounding vocalist and guitarist, pianist, and drummer, among about 25 other instruments. In fact, he played nearly every instrument on his records, giving him the freedom to explore arrangements with unparalleled facility. Stylistically, Prince was a master of pop, funk, R&B, and rock 'n' roll, seamlessly mixing and blending these genres to create his own signature sound.

In addition to his own monster hits, which include such timeless songs as "When Doves Cry," "Little Red Corvette," "Let's Go Crazy," "I Would Die 4 U," "Purple Rain," "U Got the Look," and "Kiss," he penned such memorable tracks as Sinead O'Connor's "Nothing Compares 2 U," Chaka Khan's "I Feel For You," and the Bangles' "Manic Monday," among others.

And, of course, Prince was the consummate performer. He was a bandleader and frontman in the style of the great James Brown—polished and professional yet sexy and adventurous, and always in total control—guiding the music wherever his spirit wanted to take it.

Prince guitar tab 

On April 15th, Prince had a medical emergency—reportedly the flu—forcing his private jet to make an emergency landing in Illinois. The next night, however, he made an appearance at a dance party at Paisley Park near his home, assuring the audience that he was OK and telling them, "Wait a few days before you waste any prayers."

It's been reported that Prince had over 1,000 songs "in the vault," so even though he's crossed over to his next great journey, it's possible that we'll be fortunate to hear even more of his work from this life. Rest in peace, Prince. You were truly music royalty.

 

 

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