Born Prince Rogers Nelson or popularly know as Prince, sadly passed away last April 21, 2016. The whole music industry is mourning and has lost another great musician. He was a musical legend. Aside from being a singer, he was also a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actor. He is known for his eclectic work, flamboyant and extravagant style, and wide vocal range. His music is a fusion of a variety of styles and has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. But despite all the recognition and fame there are still things that you probably don’t know about Prince. Here are the 17 Facts the World Didn’t Know About Prince.
He was a devout Jehovah’s Witness member and believe it or not, he would go door-to-door on a couple of occasions to minister to other people. Surprising right, who knew?
Prince never listened to his old albums. In an interview with Rolling Stone, he said, “I make a statement, then move on to the next.”
We knew how passionate he was about his craft, but he even goes beyond our expectations. When he was recording new music in the studio, he wouldn’t sleep for days.
The legendary music icon once cancelled a tour in Japan to record an album, hoping that he would impress his crush, A-list celebrity Kim Basinger. They ended up dating not long after that.
We all know that Prince is a talented singer and songwriter. But even at a tender age, his talent was undeniable. The first song he ever wrote was Funk Machine, at seven years young.
Prince simultaneously held the number one spots for his movie, album and single during the week of July 27, 1984. His song When Doves Cry was on the top spot on the singles chart, Purple Rain was also number one at the box office the same week the film’s soundtrack was the best-selling album.
Prince’s son was born on October 16, 1996, sadly he passed away a week later from a rare genetic condition called Pfeiffer Syndrome.
When he was 13-years-old, Prince formed his first band called Grand Central. His members were some of his close high school friends.
In the song If I Was Your Girlfriend (1987), we first heard Prince’s feminine alter ego, Camille. He did this effortlessly by singing normally, slowing down the tape, and speeding up again. He actually went on to record an entire album as Camille, but it was never released.
Prince is partly responsible for the Parental Advisory sticker that’s found on some albums. When Tipper Gore (Al Gore’s wife) heard her daughter listening to Darling Nikki, Prince’s song about self-pleasure, she started a legal fight against the RIAA and since then they were forced to put the warning label on albums with explicit lyrics.
Lorne Nelson, his half sister, sued him claiming that it was her who wrote the song U Got the Look. Fortunately or unfortunately, she lost the case.
Way back before he was famous, he lived in poverty and would go outside of McDonald’s to smell the food whenever he was hungry. In an interview with Rolling Stone, he said, “Poverty makes people angry, brings out their worst side. I was very bitter when I was young. I was insecure and I’d attack anybody. I couldn’t keep a girlfriend for two weeks. We’d argue about anything.”
Tupac was inspired by Prince when he was making one of his best selling album, All Eyez on Me. The famed rapper also sampled some of his music.
You probably knew that he was short, but to be exact he was just 5’2″ (157 cm) tall? Truly, great things come in small packages.
Prince was such a huge fan of the popular TV show New Girl. Because of that, he emailed Zooey Deschanel, the lead actress, and asked to appear in an episode. Wish came true, he guest starred in the show a few years ago.
If Prince hadn’t declined the collaboration with Michael Jackson’s Bad, it could have been the biggest pop duet of all time. Just imagine that.
Who would have thought that a legendary music icon’s favorite meal was a simple spaghetti and orange juice? All that money and yet this was his happy meal.
There you have it, the 17 Facts the World Didn’t Know About Prince. Who would have thought that his favorite meal was spaghetti and orange juice and that he was a Jehovah’s Witness member? We wonder what else he didn’t share to the world. May his soul rest in peace.