|Birth Name||Prince Rogers Nelson|
|Born||June 7, 1958 Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.|
|Died||April 21, 2016 Paisley Park, Chanhassen, Minnesota, U.S.|
|Genres||Blues, blues rock|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass guitar, drums|
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Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016) was an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, dancer, actor, and filmmaker. A guitar virtuoso and multi-instrumentalist known for his genre-crossing work, wide-ranging singing voice, and flamboyant stage appearances, he is regarded as one of the greatest musicians in the history of popular music.[better source needed]
His innovative music integrated a wide variety of styles, including funk, R&B, rock, new wave, soul, psychedelia, and pop. He pioneered the late 1970s Minneapolis sound, a funk-rock subgenre drawing from synth-pop and new wave.
Born and raised in Minneapolis, He developed an interest in music as a young child and wrote his first song, “Funk Machine”, at the age of seven. He signed a recording contract with Warner Bros. Records at the age of 19 and released his debut album For You in 1978. Following up with his next four albums—Prince (1979), Dirty Mind (1980), Controversy (1981), and 1999 (1982)—He gained critical success, prominently showcasing his explicit lyrics as well as his blending of funk, dance, and rock music.
In 1984, he began referring to his backup band as The Revolution and released his sixth album Purple Rain, which was also the soundtrack to his hugely successful film acting debut of the same name. It quickly became his most commercially successful record, spending 24 consecutive weeks atop the Billboard 200. The film itself was critically and commercially successful and also won the Academy Award for Best Original Song Score, the last film to receive the award.
A must for every fan, this songbook assembles 28 of the very best from the incomparable Prince: Controversy * Cream * Delirious * I Would Die 4 U * Kiss * Let’s Go Crazy * Little Red Corvette * 1999 * Nothing Compares 2 U * Pop Life * Purple Rain * Raspberry Beret * Sign O’ the Times * U Got the Look * When Doves Cry * and more! Songs are arranged at an easy piano level with lyrics.