Songwriter, singer, producer, one-man studio band and artistic chameleon, Prince Rogers Nelson died Thursday at his Paisley Park estate in Chanhassen, Minnesota at the age of 57. Battling the flu since April 7th, early reports suspect this may be the cause of death.
Prince’s Top 10 hits included “Little Red Corvette,” “When Doves Cry,” “Let’s Go Crazy,” “Kiss,” and “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World”; albums like “Dirty Mind,” “1999” and “Sign O’ the Times” were full-length statements. His songs also became hits for others, among them “Nothing Compares 2 U” for Sinead O’Connor and “I Feel for You” for Chaka Khan.
With the 1984 film and album “Purple Rain,” Prince told a fictionalized version of his own story: biracial, gifted, spectacularly ambitious. Its music won him an Academy Award and the album sold more than 13 million copies in the United States alone.
Prince recorded the great majority of his music entirely on his own, playing every instrument and singing every vocal line.
Prince, Prince and The Revolution, The Artist Formerly Known As. Soul, Jazz, Rock, Pop. Writing, Playing, Producing. His contributions to music and to fellow artists will remain as a poignant legacy.
Prince Album Covers
Here’s a look at all of his studio recorded album covers. From his first recording at age 19 in 1978 to his last. These do not include compilation albums.
Thanks to the NY Times for some of the photos and information