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20 Facts About The Legend Prince You Probably Had No Idea About

It seems like beloved celebrities are dropping like flies this year. There have been more celebrity deaths this year than almost any other that I can remember. On April 21, 2016, we lost Prince to an accidental fentanyl overdose at his Paisley Park home and recording studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota. Adding Prince to that list is devastatingly sad. Prince was world-renowned for his musical brilliance. He was an  innovator and a pioneer, his electric stage presence is the stuff of legend. There is no replacing someone of Prince’s magnitude, he will forever leave a void in music that many will try to fill, but none ever will. He lived a crazy life, and because of that there are probably a lot of things you don’t know about him. Check out these 20 facts about the late Prince.

20 Facts About The Legend Prince You Probably Had No Idea About

1. Prince wrote his first song at the age of 7! It was entitled “Funk Machine.”

20 Facts About The Legend Prince You Probably Had No Idea About

2. His first band when he was a young teenager was named Grand Central.

20 Facts About The Legend Prince You Probably Had No Idea About

3. Prince was so poor at one point that he couldn’t afford to eat. He would simply stand outside McDonalds and simply take in the smells of the food.

20 Facts About The Legend Prince You Probably Had No Idea About

4. Prince’s contract with Warner Bros. allowed him to recruit and produce other artists for the label. He took advantage of this to produce an album by the band The Time.

20 Facts About The Legend Prince You Probably Had No Idea About

5. The music videos for “1999” and “Little Red Corvette” used so much smoke that it caused people on set to have diarrhea from the amount of mineral oil in the air!

20 Facts About The Legend Prince You Probably Had No Idea About

6. Prince named the band Vanity 6 because between the 3 members they had 6 breasts in total…..only Prince.

20 Facts About The Legend Prince You Probably Had No Idea About

7. Prince is the only artist other than The Beatles to have a #1 movie, album, and single in the United States at the same time with Purple Rain and “When Doves Cry.”

20 Facts About The Legend Prince You Probably Had No Idea About

8. Prince’s co-star and musical protégé Apollonia was married at the time of their work together. Prince made her hide her marriage however in order to further the illusion that they were romantically involved.

20 Facts About The Legend Prince You Probably Had No Idea About

9. Prince had a deep love for the twin sister of the guitarist from Revolution, Susannah Melvoin, throughout the 80’s. His tortured romance with her, complicated largely by his philandering, made for some of his best ballads, including “The Beautiful Ones,” “Nothing Compares 2 U,” and “Forever in My Life.”

20 Facts About The Legend Prince You Probably Had No Idea About

10. Prince developed a female alter ego known as “Camille” while working on the album Sign O The Times. He used his new-found feminine persona on the single “If I Was Your Girlfriend.”

20 Facts About The Legend Prince You Probably Had No Idea About

11. Prince wrote the song “Manic Monday” for The Bangles.

20 Facts About The Legend Prince You Probably Had No Idea About

12. He also co-wrote “Stand Back” with Stevie Nicks!

20 Facts About The Legend Prince You Probably Had No Idea About

13. Prince met his first wife Mayte after her mother sent Prince a video of her doing belly dances to his songs. She was only 16 at the time! This began a long distance courtship by Prince in the hopes of seducing her by the time she was 18. They would write letters to each other and he would also send her tapes of new music. She would then send back tapes of her belly dancing to them.

20 Facts About The Legend Prince You Probably Had No Idea About

14. Prince kept an extensive archive of all his unused music. The room that contained all this unused music was called “The Vault.”

20 Facts About The Legend Prince You Probably Had No Idea About

15. When Prince changed his name to O{+> in the mid-’90s, he acted as if he was a completely new person when doing interviews with journalists. “Prince never used to do interviews,” he told Time Out in 1995. “You’d have to ask Prince why, but you’re not talking to Prince now, you’re talking to me.”

20 Facts About The Legend Prince You Probably Had No Idea About

16. Prince never let journalists record his voice during interviews.

20 Facts About The Legend Prince You Probably Had No Idea About

17. Prince’s revenue was starting to diminish during the mid 1990’s. However, he still kept his Paisley Park compound fully staffed 24 hours a day. He also spent 500k a year keeping a studio on reserve in LA in case he was ever in town and got the whim to record something.

20 Facts About The Legend Prince You Probably Had No Idea About

18. Prince became a Jehovah’s Witness in 1997. As a result, he immensely scaled back his overt sexual themes and lyrics in his performance and music.

20 Facts About The Legend Prince You Probably Had No Idea About

19. Although it was Sinead O’Connor who made it a global hit, Prince actually wrote the song “Nothing Compares 2 U” for the group The Family.

20 Facts About The Legend Prince You Probably Had No Idea About

20. And yes, his real name is actually Prince, Prince Rogers Nelson to be exact.

Prince died at the young age of 57. He will forever live on through his music. Still, it’s a shame that someone with so much talent and who honestly tried to make the world a better place was taken so young. There are so many artists out today who have found inspiration from Prince through one way or another. His impact on not only music, but pop culture in general may not be matched by anyone anytime soon.

Rest in peace.

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