Prince: 1958-2016

Musician Prince gestures on stage during the Apollo Theatre's 75th anniversary gala in New York, June 8, 2009.     REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES ENTERTAINMENT ANNIVERSARY IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTR24GJZ

Musician Prince gestures on stage during the Apollo Theatre's 75th anniversary gala in New York, June 8, 2009. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES ENTERTAINMENT ANNIVERSARY IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTR24GJZ

Full Name: Prince Rogers Nelson

DOB: June 7, 1958

Age at death: 57 (Michael Jackson was 50 when he died)


--Prince was born in Minneapolis

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--Father: John Nelson, jazz pianist

--Mother: Mattie Shaw, social worker and singer

--Marriages: Manuela Testolini Nelson (2001-2007, divorced); Mayte Garcia (1996-2000, divorced)

--Children: One child, named "Boy Gregory" with Mayte Garcia. The baby died shortly after birth.

--Prince was born epileptic. He explained, "I used to have seizures when I was young. My mother and father didn't know what to do or how to handle it but they did the best they could with what little they had."

--He said he got teased a lot in school. He said, "...Early in my career I tried to compensate by being as flashy as I could and as noisy as I could."


--One Oscar win, for the original song score of "Purple Rain."

--Other Facts: Prince has won seven Grammy Awards, and has earned 30 nominations.

--Five of Prince's singles have topped the charts and 14 other songs hit the Top 10.



Timeline: 1978 - Prince's debut album, "For You," is released by Warner Bros. He plays all the instruments on the LP and produces it himself, making him, at 19-years-old, the youngest record producer in the history of Warner Bros. at the time.

1980 - "I Wanna be Your Lover," from Prince's eponymous sophomore album, peaks at No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

1982-1983 - Prince scores a hit with the album, "1999." Three singles - the title track, "Little Red Corvette" and "Delirious" - reach the Top 40.

1984 - The film, "Purple Rain," a rock drama starring Prince, is released. Its soundtrack, by Prince and the Revolution, contains hits like, "When Doves Cry," "Let's Go Crazy" and "Purple Rain."

February 26, 1985 - Prince wins two Grammy awards for "Purple Rain" - Best Album Of Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or A Television Special and Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal. He gets a third Grammy - Best Rhythm & Blues Song - for writing "I Feel For You," a hit recorded by Chaka Khan.

March 25, 1985 - Wins the Academy Award for Best Original Song Score, for Purple Rain.

1985-1992 - Releases eight albums, one per year, including the soundtrack for Tim Burton's "Batman." Stars in two more movies, "Under the Cherry Moon" and "Graffiti Bridge." A concert film, "Sign 'o' the Times" hits theaters in 1987.

1987 - Unveils a $10 million recording complex/movie studio called Paisley Park in a Minneapolis suburb.

1993 - Changes his name to an unpronounceable symbol due to a dispute with his record label, Warner Bros. At the time, he is commonly called the "Artist Formerly Known as Prince."

1994 - Warner Bros. releases an abandoned collection of songs that has come to be known as "The Black Album." Bootleg copies of the tracks, recorded by Prince in 1987, had been circulating widely for years.

2000 - When the singer's publishing contract with Warner Bros. expires, he reclaims the name Prince.

2001 - Becomes a Jehovah's Witness.

2004 - Prince performs on the Grammy awards with Beyoncé. A month later, he is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

November 2006 - Prince opens 3121, a nightclub in Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. He performs there on the weekends for six months.

February 4, 2007 - The Super Bowl features Prince as the halftime performer.

May 09, 2015 - Addressing the unrest after Freddie Gray's death in police custody, Prince releases the song, "Baltimore." He performs a Rally 4 Peace benefit concert in Baltimore the next day, with a portion of proceeds donated to youth groups in the city.


--Prince's music is known for his hybrid of rock, pop, and funk, with blatantly sexual lyrics

--Prince impacted much of 1980s dance-pop music

--His talented included included not just singing and dancing but also composing, producing, and playing many, many instruments.

--Prince played nearly all the instruments on his first five albums, and has produced himself since signing with Warner Bros. at age 21.


For You - April 7, 1978

--His first album received minimal fanfare

Prince - October 19, 1979

Dirty Mind - October 8, 1980

Controversy - October 14, 1981

1999 - October 27, 1982

Purple Rain - June 25, 1984

Around the World in a Day  - April 22, 1985

Parade - March 31, 1986

Sign o' the Times - March 30, 1987

Lovesexy - May 10, 1988

Batman - June 20, 1989

Graffiti Bridge - August 20, 1990

Diamonds and Pearls - October 1, 1991

Love Symbol Album - October 13, 1992

Come - August 16, 1994

The Black Album - November 22, 1994

The Gold Experience - September 26, 1995

Chaos and Disorder - July 9, 1996

Emancipation - November 19, 1996

Crystal Ball / The Truth - March 3, 1998

The Vault: Old Friends 4 Sale - August 24, 1999

Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic - November 9, 1999

The Rainbow Children - November 20, 2001

One Nite Alone... - May 14, 2002

Xpectation - January 1, 2003

N.E.W.S - July 29, 2003

Musicology - March 29, 2004

The Chocolate Invasion - March 29, 2004

The Slaughterhouse - March 29, 2004

3121 - March 21, 2006

Planet Earth - July 24, 2007

20Ten - July 10, 2010

Plectrumelectrum - September 30, 2014

Art Official Age - September 30, 2014

HITnRUN Phase One - September 7, 2015

HITnRUN Phase Two - December 12, 2015