Prince, A True Legend

PrinceWhat more can we say about the dear passing of by far one of the most influential musicians from our generation? Spanning a career of 37 years, Prince was a true artist, innovator and humanitarian. Details of his altruistic work and his untimely death will trickle out as the weeks pass, but with his death will it mean the end of his great work?

We are encouraged that the legend will live on… Prince has a physical vault of songs that were never released, enough to release “100 years of music”; he was working on his memoir, which is due out next year; and his charity work will surely go on as well.

There aren’t many performers that have a resume as impressive as Prince’s. The Grammy and Academy Award winner played over 20 instruments, composed, arranged, recorded, produced, played, and sang on more than 60 albums and over 100 singles, but more than that, he also wrote number one songs that launched the career of many women performers, who were otherwise overlooked by the record industry. To name a few: “Nothing Compares 2 U” sung by Sinead O’Conner, “Manic Monday” by The Bangles, and “I Feel For You” by Chaka Khan

13095857_1142933865770729_5322234115842070479_nMariah Carey said, “[We] need to take time and honor him because he was a friend to me too and he talked me through some times when I really needed somebody.” She dedicated her song “One Sweet Day” to him at her concert in Paris on Thursday night.

He exuded pure sex appeal, and many a person has a personal story to a Prince song. He was one “Sexy M.F.” As any true innovator, Prince always gave us something fresh, before anyone realized it was needed. Yet, he was one of the most reclusive stars; he lived his entire life in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Many of his lyrics were poignant, and many can find predictions of his own passing within his songs.

From “Sometimes It Snows In April”:

Springtime was always my favorite time of year,

A time for lovers holding hands in the rain

Now springtime only reminds me of Tracy’s tears

Always cry for love, never cry for pain

He used to say so strong unafraid to die

Unafraid of the death that left me hypnotized

No, staring at his picture I realized

No one could cry the way my Tracy cried

Sometimes it snows in April

Sometimes I feel so bad

Sometimes, sometimes I wish that life was never ending,

And all good things, they say, never last

I often dream of heaven and I know that Tracy’s there

I know that he has found another friend

Maybe he’s found the answer to all the April snow

Maybe one day I’ll see my Tracy again

Sometimes it snows in April

Sometimes I feel so bad, so bad

Sometimes I wish that life was never ending,

But all good things, they say, never last

All good things that say, never last

And love, it isn’t love until it’s past

Prince, you will truly be missed.


 

From 2013 Billboard Music Awards where he won Billboard’s Icon Award:

Here are Prince’s 40 biggest Billboard Hot 100 hits:

 

Rank, Title, Hot 100 Peak Year, Position (Weeks Spent at No. 1)

1, “When Doves Cry,” 1984, No. 1 (5)*

2, “Kiss,” 1986, No. 1 (2)*

3, “Let’s Go Crazy,” 1984, No. 1 (2)*

4, “Cream,” 1991, No. 1 (2)**

5, “Batdance,” 1989, No. 1 (1)

6, “Raspberry Beret,” 1985, No. 2*

7, “U Got the Look,” 1987, No. 2

8, “Purple Rain,” 1984, No. 2*

9, “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World,” 1994, No. 3

10, “Sign ‘O’ the Times,” 1987, No. 3

11, “Little Red Corvette,” 1983, No. 6

12, “Diamonds and Pearls,” 1992, No. 3**

13, “Thieves in the Temple,” 1990, No. 6

14, “Pop Life,” 1985, No. 7*

15, “Delirious,” 1983, No. 8

16, “I Would Die 4 U,” 1985, No. 8*

17, “7,” 1993, No. 7**

18, “Alphabet St.,” 1988, No. 8

19, “I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man,” 1988, No. 10

20, “1999,” 1983, No. 12

21, “I Wanna Be Your Lover,” 1980, No. 11

22, “Partyman,” 1989, No. 18

23, “Gett Off,” 1991, No. 21**

24, “Mountains,” 1986, No. 23*

25, “Take Me With You,” 1985, No. 25***

26, “The Arms of Orion,” 1989, No. 36****

27, “Money Don’t Matter 2 Night,” 1992, No. 23**

28, “I Hate U,” 1995, No. 12

29, “LetItGo,” 1994, No. 31

30, “America,” 1985, No. 46*

“The Morning Papers,” 1993, No. 44**

“Anotherloverholenyohead,” 1986, No. 63*

“Let’s Pretend We’re Married/Irresistible Bitch,” 1984, No. 52*

“My Name Is Prince,” 1992, No. 36**

“Hot Thing,” 1988, No. 63

“Pink Cashmere,” 1993, No. 50

“Controversy,” 1981, No. 70

“Call My Name,” 2004, No. 75

“The Greatest Romance Ever Sold,” 2000, No. 63

“New Power Generation,” 1990, No. 64

 

* Prince and the Revolution

** Prince and the N.P.G./The New Power Generation

*** Prince and the Revolution With Apollonia

**** Prince With Sheena Easton

BBC’s search for Prince’s Vault:

 

 

Image: Kevork Djansezian, Getty Images

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