Remembering Prince: June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016

В возрасте 57 лет умер певец Принс

Ken Simmons

R&B / Soul Specialist

About Entertainment



April 21, 2016 was one of the darkest days in music history: the day Prince was pronounced dead at 10:07 am after being found unresponsive in an elevator in his Paisley Park recording studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota. He was 57 years old.

Over his phenomenal four decade career, he was one of the greatest, and most influential recording artists of all-time. As a guitarist, vocalist, composer, producer,  entrepreneur, and style maven, he set the standard for generations of musicians who will be forever inspired by his trailblazing accomplishments. A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he won seven Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, and sold over 100 million records.

President Barack Obama praised the legendary musician who performed at The White House in June 2015. He said, “Today, the world lost a creative icon. Michelle (Obama) and I join millions of fans from around the world in mourning the sudden death of Prince.  ” He continued, “Few artists have influenced the sound and trajectory of popular music more distinctly, or touched quite so many people with their talent. As one of the most gifted and prolific musicians of our time, Prince did it all. Funk. R&B. Rock and Roll. He was a virtuoso instrumentalist, a brilliant bandleader, and an electrifying performer. ‘A strong spirit transcends rules,’ Prince once said — and nobody’s spirit was stronger, bolder, or more creative,” Obama stated. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, his band, and all who loved him.‎”

Spike Lee Hosted a Massive Block Party for Prince

 On Thursday afternoon, just a few hours after Prince‘s death was first reported, Spike Lee announced an emergency tribute outside the office of his production company on South Elliott Place near Brooklyn’s Fort Greene Park. At 8 p.m., the scheduled start time, the street was nearly empty, but when the host arrived at 8:25, he looked out on a dense crowd dressed in everything from purple bathrobes to commute-home business-casual. “Alright,” he said, addressing both the people in the street and the DJ, J. Period. “You know why we’re here.”

“Nasty Girl,” “Let’s Go Crazy,” to “1999,” “Kiss,”  “When Doves Cry,” all Princes music was blaring from speakers . Then the finale.  Spike played “Purple Rain.” It was perfect.

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