Prince is one of the artists you’re likely to hear more than just one song from on THE BEAT.
Our Hump Day Classic Concerts are an opportunity for us to highlight the most important people in the music we bring to you each day. The voices, the bands, the real artists, artists that will stand the test of time, artists that are true Beat artists. Their music brings back memories from a much better era of music, an era we treasure and cherish.
Today we invite you back to 1986 for an amazing concert while the Purple One was on the ‘Parade’ tour in Stockholm, Sweden.
At the bottom of this page you’ll find more concerts, interviews, music videos and everything else you could possibly want from “The Kid.”
Many years ago, when I first got into the music and entertainment business as a pre-teenager in the ’70s, I was already into a ton of music, I was lucky to have a mother in the business so I was introduced to more music than the average kid. R&B was my favorite. I loved it, soul, funk, blues and disco, those were the styles of music that moved me the most. For some reason, out of all the music, those were the styles that I felt, the music I had a passion for, the lyrics, the arrangements, the harmonies, it’s what stood out for me. Don’t get me wrong, I loved rock n’ roll – the soft rock stuff too but, there was no challenge in finding any of that music back then. But the Blues? R&B? Dance music? Not so easy back in the day, especially when your only choices were AM and FM radio.
In 1978, while on a record buying spree, I stumbled across an album from an artist named Prince titled “For You” I had never heard of him, I looked on the back to see if there were any musicians or producer names I’d recognize, there were none. I was curious though because this guy Prince literally did all the work. There were two songs on that album that caught my ear; “Soft and Wet” and “I’m Yours.” What really caught my eye was the fact that this was a new artist and he had all these credits on the album. It was produced, performed, arranged and composed by Prince. For a debut album from a new artist in those days, that was definitely not the norm. In fact, for the most part, it was unheard of in those days.
Throughout his entire career, Prince would breakthrough not only the color barrier of ‘white radio’ but blaze a path of unchartered territory for artists to follow and live by to this day.
Coming from a musically inclined family, his father was a pianist and songwriter, his mother was a jazz singer. He suffered from epileptic seizures as a young child. He had become interested in music at a very young age. His parents encouraged him and through that, he’d learn to play multiple instruments including piano, drums, guitar and more. It’s said he wrote his first song when he was seven and formed his first band at 14.
Born Prince Rogers Nelson on June 7, 1958, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 and passed away on April 21, 2016 at the age of 57.
Nominated for a total of 32 Grammy Awards over the years, he won seven. He was also nominated for 12 MTV Video Music Awards and won four. As if that wasn’t enough, some artists don’t even get one, in addition to all that, he won an Academy Award in 1985 for “Purple Rain”. In 2007, he won a Golden Globe for “Song Of The Heart” from the movie Happy Feet!
Here’s just some of what this amazing talent accomplished in his time here with us:
Note: This doesn’t include all the NAACP image awards, Essence Awards and others.
Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal – “Purple Rain” – 1985
Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media – “Purple Rain” – 1985
Best R&B Song – “I Feel For You” – 1985
Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals – “Kiss” – 1987
Best Male R&B Vocal Performance – “Call My Name” – 2005
Best Traditional R&B Performance – “Musicology” – 2005
Best Male R&B Vocal Performance – “Future Baby Mama” – 2008
MTV Video Music Awards
Best Choreography in a Video – “Raspberry Beret” – 1986
Best Male Video – “U Got the Look” – 1988
Best Stage Performance in a Video – “U Got the Look” – 1988
Best Dance Video – “Cream” – 1992
Best Original Song Score – “Purple Rain” – 1985
Best Original Song – Motion Picture – Happy Feet (“Song of the Heart”) – 2007
Look, there’s so much history for Prince that rather than just spend ten years writing and editing it, i thought it’d be cool to link you to some of the best stories and deepest pieces already out there.
Below we’ve provided you with links to great stories, bios and links to important websites including Prince’s Paisley Park which invites you to tour the Purple One’s Magic Kingdom in Minneapolis.
SOURCE: Sal Amato