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The Famously Talented and Strange Prince

The talented and famously weird Prince — who abandoned that name for a few years — is back. His new song, Rock and Roll Revolution, is great. Below is Raspberry Beret. There is very little good video available of Prince, which may be due to his distaste for the Internet. He may be over it, considering that the new song comes in a very slickly produced video.

Here is more on Prince, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004:

Prince Rogers Nelson (born June 7, 1958), known by his stage name Prince, is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and actor. He has produced ten platinum albums and thirty Top 40 singles during his career.[1] He established his own recording studio and label; writing, self-producing and playing most, or all, of the instruments on his recordings.[1] In addition, he has been a “talent promoter” for the careers of Sheila E.Carmen ElectraThe Time and Vanity 6,[1] and his songs have been recorded by these artists and others (including Chaka KhanThe BanglesSinéad O’Connor, and Kim Basinger). He also has several hundred unreleased songs in his “vault”.[2]

Born in MinneapolisMinnesota, Prince developed an interest in music at an early age, writing his first song at age seven. After recording songs with his cousin’s band 94 East, seventeen-year-old Prince recorded several unsuccessful demo tapes before releasing his debut album, For You, in 1978. His 1979 album, Prince, went platinum due to the success of the singles “Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?” and “I Wanna Be Your Lover“. His next three records, Dirty Mind (1980),Controversy (1981), and 1999 (1982) continued his success, showcasing Prince’s trademark of prominently sexual lyrics and incorporation of elements of funk, dance and rock music. In 1984, he began referring to his backup band as The Revolution and released the album Purple Rain, which served as the soundtrack to his film debut of the same name.

For all his strangeness, Prince is a great rock guitarist. Check out his contribution to While My Guitar Gently Weeps at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. He takes over towards the end.