Prince is known as a slightly eccentric music legend with a lengthy resume. Sadly, the music legend died in his home on April 21st. This loss is tragic, as he was only 57 when he died.
The American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actor was known for his song and movie Purple Rain, electric music, wide vocal range, extravagant dress and makeup, and glamorous stage presence.
He won seven Grammys, a Golden Globe Award, and an Academy Award. He sold over 100 million records worldwide, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, the first year of his eligibility. His career spanned over forty years. Rolling Stone ranked Prince at number twenty-seven on its list of the top 100 Greatest Artists – “The most influential artist of the rock and roll era.”What’s more than these accomplishments is the amazing talent that he possessed. Often times, Prince could be doing many jobs that some people would do as their only job. Prince wrote songs for other artists, produced records, acted, and directed films. This resulted in Prince being the first singer to have the No. 1 album, song and film at one time, which occurred in 1984 with the Purple Rain album, “When Doves Cry” and his film, Purple Rain.
Prince also worked with many other artists, such as Sheila E., Carmen Electra, Andre Cymone, and many more. He also created Carmen Electra’s stage name when she was a back-up dancer on his tours and in music videos in the early 1990s.
Upon hearing about Prince’s death, Bruce Springsteen performed “Purple Rain” at his concert in Brooklyn, on April 23rd. The concert was a complete tribute to his music idol and friend. The entire band wore purple, instead of their standard black, and the concert opened with “Purple Rain”. So many were deeply affected by his death and tributes to the music legend have popped up everywhere in memory of this incredible artist who left behind thousands of devoted and grieving fans.
By Eilidh MacDonald