Today, a shock was felt from music enthusiasts and people alike, when it was announced earlier this morning April 21, 2016 that legendary musician and performer Prince was found deceased in his Minneapolis home at the young age of 57. Though there are ongoing updates in regards to the manner in which he passed, one fact that isn't in questions is his musical influence to numerous generations.
He started his musical career in the late 1970s and went on to produce four No. 1 albums on Billboard's Top 200, he recorded 39 studio albums, he won 7 Grammys, an Oscar, and even beat out Michael Jackson's Thriller for American Music Awards Favorite Pop/Rock Album. He produced hits like Purple Rain, When Dove's Cry, 1999, Batman, which are just a few of my faves from his prolific music library. (Check out this article from Billboard Music writer Dan Rys on Prince's Life).
As for myself, my earliest memories of Prince was seeing my mother dancing to him in the car during a long drive, and later researching then being mystified by his musicianship, in that he was able to play numerous instruments. His showmanship as a performer was second to none and though he worked hard to stay out of the public eye many times, when he did grace the media with his presence it was usually a sight to see! There are talks about him starting a memoir and only finishing about 50 pages of it, so that will be interesting to see what develops in the future! (Read CNN article about Prince the Music Icon).
Obviously, I'm one of the many who has a significant memory of Prince and his incredible talent as an artist. And we'd love for you to share one of your earliest or favorite memories of Prince! Below is one of his iconic performances at the 2007 Superbowl halftime show, in which he played his famous Purple Rain and it actually started to rain (no production effects). Enjoy this dope video from NFL Network!
Rest in peace, love and unity Prince. Your music will forever be remembered.