Prince Lived In Minnesota And Was Loyal To His Home State
DREAM TEEN Magazine selects Prince Rogers Nelson, known as Prince, as our pick. Prince Rogers Nelson was born in Minneapolis; he developed an interest in music as a young child. See what several friends and the media has to say.
DREAM TEEN Magazine selects Prince Rogers Nelson, known as Prince, as our pick. Prince was born in Minneapolis, where he developed an interest in music as a young child. Several friends and the media have said the following: Prince passed away at his Paisley Park studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota, on Thursday and the world finally knew what it really sounded like when doves cried. Though the icon left an enormous, Prince symbol shaped hole in the hearts of millions, the Twin Cities were especially rocked with tremendous sadness at the loss of Minnesota’s most iconic son. Why didn’t Prince ever leave Minnesota? Because what mattered to Prince was his roots — not following the crowd. At the news of Prince’s death, his home state immediately went into mourning. The mayor of Minneapolis, Betsy Hodges wrote in a tribute post on her blog, which reads: For the residents of Minneapolis, the loss of Prince is too large to describe. His music brought untold joy to people all over the world. But in Minneapolis, it is different. It is harder here. Prince was a child of our city and his love of his hometown permeated many of his songs. Our pride in his accomplishments infuses our love of Minneapolis. That love was evident whewhen Minneapolis threw an all-night dance party on Thursday into Friday morning on First Avenue, where Prince shot his legendary film Purple Rain. Though Prince was a lone wolf in public, his biggest goal was to improve the lives of others, not only through his music but through his philanthropy, and his music was a huge part of that. Prince not only skyrocketed to fame in the Midwest, but he helped launch the careers of several other funky, soulful Minnesota artists with his revolutionary genius, putting the “Minneapolis sound” on thet map. Prince was, as Matt Hendrickson wrote in the New York Daily News on Thursday, echoing the sentiment of many, the greatest musician ever to hail from Minnesota. He embodied the often true stereotype of “Minnesota nice” and was loyal to his community. “Bob Dylan was born in Hibbing, Minn., spent some time in Minneapolis, but then he bolted for New York City. Prince never left. So, with all due respect to Mr. Dylan, Prince is the greatest star that my home state ever produced. And itit’ss not even close, close,” H Hendrickson wrote. Prince was also a huge fan of the Minnesota Vikings, even writing a fight song for them, “Purple And Gold.” And for lucky Minneapolis citizens, he was even seen riding around town on his signature motorcycle. Minnesota was lit up in purple on Thursday night in his honor. Source: http://pwww.bustle.com/articles Prince is the son of Mattie Della and John Lewis Nelson. His parents were both African American, and his family ancestry is centered in Louisiana; all four of his grandparents came from that state. Prince’s father was a pianist and songwriter and his mother was a jazz singer. Prince was named after his father, whose stage name was Prince Rogers, and performed with a jazz group called the Prince Rogers Trio. In a 1991 interview with A Current Affair, Prince’s father said, “I named my son Prince because I wanted him to do everything I wanted to do.” Prince’s childhood nickname was Skipper. Prince said that he was born epileptic and used to have seizures when he was young. He shared a story told to him by his mother. My mother told me one day I walked into her room and said, [Mom, I’m not going to be sick anymore, and she said, Why? And I said, because an angel told me so.] Prince wrote his first tune, “Funk Machine,” on his father’s piano when he was seven. When Prince was ten years old, his parents separated. Prince’s trademark is predominantly sexual lyrics and a blending of funk, dance, and rock music. Prince and Anderson joined Prince’s cousin Charles Smith in a band called Grand Central when they were attending Minneapolis’s Central High School. In 1973, he met Jimmy Jam while in junior high, and impressed him during music class with his musical talent, his early mastery of a wide range of instruments, and his work ethic. In Grand Central, Smith was later replaced by Morris Day on the drums. Prince played piano and guitar for the band, which performed at clubs and parties in the Minneapolis area. Grand Central later changed its name to Champagne and started playing original music influenced by Sly and the Family Stone, James Brown, Earth, Wind & Fire, Miles Davis, George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic, Carlos Santana, Jimi Hendrix, and Todd Rundgren. Prince also played basketball in high school, and continued the sport recreationally as an adult. Prince was an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actor. He was a musical innovator and known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, extravagant dress and makeup, and wide vocal range. His music integrates a wide variety of styles, including funk, rock, R&B, soul, psychedelia, and pop. He has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. He won seven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and an Academy Award for the film Purple Rain. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, the first year of his eligibility. Rolling Stone ranked Prince at number 27 on its list of 100 Greatest Artists – “the most influential artists of the rock & roll era.” Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_(musician)April- June 21
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