THE PRICE HAS DIED
THE ARTIST OTHERWISE KNOWN AS PRINCE IS NO MORE
Michael Jackson may have been the King of Pop but Prince was definitely the King of Weird. Who, for God's sakes, stays in Minneapolis, Minnesota after becoming one of the biggest music stars on the planet? But that was Prince. Never did what everyone else did. I remember seeing him on the Ellen Degeneres show five or six years ago, and I was amazed at how shy he was. It was as if opening his mouth to let words come out was just too much to bear. But that was Prince. A brilliant songwriter/singer/musician, winner of a Best Original Score Academy Award for his movie "Purple Rain" yet reclusive to the point of invisibility. But that was Prince. Forever fighting for artistic freedom in the constricted music business and winning. But that was Prince Seven time Grammy Award winner. Known for a time by a mysterious Egyptian "Ank Love"" symbol and then The Artist Formerly Known As Prince, we all thought that it was just too weird. But that was Prince. And now he is no more. But the genius that resides in his music will live on forever.
Here's an early video:
I love this video done at a time when he was still trying to prove himself to the music world. So young. So talented. The world quickly caught up.
The singer -- full name Prince Rogers Nelson -- had a medical emergency on April 15th that forced his private jet to make an emergency landing in Illinois. But he appeared at a concertthe next day to assure his fans he was okay. His people told TMZ he was battling the flu. At the show, Prince prophetically told the crowd, "Wait a few days before you waste any prayers." Prior to his most recent appearance however, Prince had cancelled two shows due to health concerns.
Prince became an international superstar in 1982 after his breakthrough album "1999."
He went on to churn out a ton of hits -- and racking up 7 Grammys in the process. He also performed at the Super Bowl in 2007 ... in one of the greatest live performances of all time.
He also sold more than 100 million records during his career ... and won the Academy Award for Best Original Song Score for Purple Rain in 1985. Prince was married two times -- the first time to his backup dancer Mayte Garcia. They split in 2000. He then married Manuela Testolini ... but they split in 2006.
He was inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, and performed a legendary version of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" to close the ceremony.
The news of his death just broke and my Facebook page is filled with tributes already. Sad year for music. Prince. David Bowie.
I for one, will never forget the artist otherwise known as, or even as known as
Every Dove in the world will shed a tear.
PS: Just after I posted this piece, I was thinking that in the "old days" when every FM radio station wasn't owned by Clear Channel and I Heart Radio, I was thinking that back then, with the announcement of Prince's death, every FM radio station would switch from their normal programming to playing Prince non stop in tribute. As I left to the grocery store, I channel surfed seeing if I could find some Prince music, and as it turned out, only one station - WRQX 107.3 (Q 107 as it was known back in the day) was the only station that was doing the right thing - playing Prince non-stop.
Thank God for all the small things.
PPS: And then there's this that I just ran across:
What a great President we have!