Prince Turns 55

Prince Rogers Nelson – better known simply as Prince – turns 55 years old today.  The legendary singer and guitar player from Minneapolis is a major player in the music industry.  Prince has released 10 platinum albums, 30 Top 40 singles, and has literally hundreds of songs stashed away in his musical vault.

Prince has been very musical since he was just a young lad.  He started writing songs when he was 7 years old and got his first recording contract at 17.  Prince is known for his voice and his guitar chops, but it should be noted that he can play almost any instrument that’s put in front of him.  His debut album “For You” came out in 1978 when Prince was 21 years old.  He produced, arranged, and composed every song on the record AND played all 27 instruments.

His 1982 double album “1999” saw Prince finding acclaim outside of the US for the first time.  The album’s title track was a Top 10 hit in a few countries.  With music that good, it’s easy to see why his appeal is so universal.

In 1987, Prince released “Purple Rain”.  This classic album is technically a soundtrack to the film Purple Rain, but it stands very strongly on its own.  Songs like “Let’s Go Crazy”, “Purple Rain”, and “When Doves Cry” are outstanding examples of Prince’s songwriting ability.

“Purple Rain” was a major commercial success.  It sold over over 13 million copies and spent 24 consecutive weeks at #1.  Prince also accomplished a first with “Purple Rain”.  He was the very first artist to have the #1 album, song, and film at the SAME TIME in the US.