The losses to the entertainment industry keep coming: David Bowie, Glenn Frey, Alan Rickman, George Kennedy, Garry Shandling, Patty Duke, and others.
And now his purpleness, the purple one, The Artist formerly known as Prince, is no more. He was only 57 years old when he died on April 21, 2016. Heaven couldn’t wait—and it’s “Partying like it’s 1999” to have him join their musical chorus:
Prince’s music blazed trails as much for its distinctive melodies and unapologetic view of life and relationships:
1)“When Doves Cry” from Purple Rain
2) And seeming to channel Liza Minelli’s hairstyle in the video for “Raspberry Beret”
3) “Little Red Corvette”
Diminutive in height at only 5 ft 2 in tall, Prince dominated the music industry as a giant of a talent (as noted bel0w)—composing, recording, producing, acting—he did it all:
“Prince sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time.He won seven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and an Academy Award. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, the first year of his eligibility. Rolling Stone ranked Prince at number 27 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. “
He was a tidal wave of talent, with a zest for life to match. And conveyed that joie de vivre in his videos, such as “Let’s Go Crazy”
Prince was the ultimate entertainer, entrepreneur, artist, and legendary music man. He will be missed, but he lives on in his music, and in our hearts.
“Purple Rain” as sung by Prince at the 2007 Super Bowl