Biographic by Steve McGarry for July 23, 2006
Prince Rogers Nelson was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on June 7, 1958. His Dad played piano in a jazz outfit called The Prince Rogers Trio. Hence Prince's birth name. Even before he left school he was well-known on the local music scene, and by the age of 19 he had secured a record deal. His first album, "For You" was released in 1978. Over the next few years his career picked up Momentum. The big breakthrough came in 1982. With the "1999" album and the single "Little Red Corvette" in 1984, he made his movie debut with the semi-autobiographical "Purple Rain" the soundtrack stayed at the top of the U.S. charts for 24 weeks, producing two No. 1 singles and earning Prince a Grammy and an Oscar. His success continued throughout the decade, with sellout tours, more movies and chart-topping hits such as "Kiss" he conjured up hits for the likes of The Bangles and Sheena Easton, and in 1989 he topped the album charts with its "Batman" movie soundtrack. The 90's were marked by contract disputes and a series of Bizarre name changes that saw him prefered to as The Artist formerly known as Prince and when he began to bill himself as symbol man. By the time the new millennium dawned, he was releasing his music primarily through the internet. In 2004 he burst back into the Spotlight, performing with Beyonce in a duet at the Grammy's a month before he was inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame. His "Musicology" tour was the year's highest-grossing. In 2006, his comeback was completed when "3/21" debuted at the top of the billboard album charts.