We salute the great rock legend, Prince Rogers Nelson better known as “Prince”.
This rock icon was truly one of the greatest of all times!
This gifted singer could do many amazing things with his voice. He had exceptional songwriting skills and musical talents that impressed people all around the world. This gifted, virtuoso could play 25+ different instruments. He was a master at his craft. His musicianship was bathed in true EXCELLENCE! He is my number 1 guitar hero! I will never forget the impeccable guitar solo in “Purple Rain”. And how about those moans and piercing screams in “Do Me Baby” and “International Lover”? Prince was the king of expressing erotica through songs. The brother was bad! He was often imitated but, no one could ever truly duplicate this legend. He was MUSIC!
He pushed the envelope. The first Prince song I remembered hearing and singing was “Soft and Wet”. I had no idea what the words were, and back then, we did not have the convenience of the internet so I made many of them up. Then in 1979 came the self-titled “Prince” album. It was full of hits!
I remember working my first job at K-mart in the 80’s when I bought my very first Prince album, “Dirty Mind”. Then I went on to my second iconic album, “Controversy” which included the giant fold-out poster of “Prince” in the shower wearing only black bikini underwear with a cross on the tile wall behind him. That poster hung on my wall for at least 4 years…much to my mother’s dismay. The 80’s continued with “1999” in 82 and “Purple Rain” in 84. The hits just kept coming and coming! All I can say is WOW as I reflect on this rich music history!
Those early years included such iconic songs as “Darling Nikki”, “Purple Rain”, “Let’s Work”, “Party Up”, “DMSR”, “Why Don’t You Call Me”, and “I Wanna Be Your Lover” and that’s just to name a few. Prince built a legacy of songs that will stand the test of time.
His live shows were a spontaneous explosive experience. I had the opportunity and privilege to see Prince in the 80’s at the New Orleans Superdome. He left everything on the stage. It was AMAZING!!!! My friends said I cried. I don’t remember that part…lol.
There is a hole in music that will never be filled again. Thank you, Prince, for an incredible musical journey that captured many moments in time, in our lives. Your music will never die.
My Top 10 Prince Songs
Do Me Baby
Let’s Go Crazy
Call My Name