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Prince in 2008

Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 - April 21, 2016), known by his stage name Prince, was an American singer-songwriter, pop musician, multi-instrumentalist and actor. He had produced ten platinum albums and thirty Top 40 singles during his career. He established his own recording studio and label; writing, self-producing and playing most, or all, of the instruments on his recordings. In addition, he had been a "talent promoter" for the careers of Sheila E, Carmen Electra, The Time and Vanity 6, and his songs have been recorded by these artists and others (including Chaka Khan, The Bangles, Sinéad O'Connor, and Kim Basinger). Prince had a wide vocal range and was known for his flamboyant stage presence and costumes. Prince's music has been influenced by rock, R&B, soul, funk, hip hop, blues, new wave, electronica, disco, psychedelia, folk, jazz, and pop.

Links To Peel

Peel played Prince's Sign "O" The Times on his programme and at the end of the year, listeners voted it in the 1987 Festive Fifty at number 32. By the end of the 80's, Peel rarely played material from the artist, but did enjoy his gig at Wembley which he reviewed In the 1988-07-31 issue of the Observer newspaper.[1] Among the artists who had records produced by Prince was Peel favourite Sheena Easton.

Festive Fifty Entries

Other Shows Played

Prince- legendary singer dies at 57

Prince- legendary singer dies at 57

1987
1988
2004

Covered

Age Of Chance - Kiss

Age Of Chance - Kiss

Age Of Chance covering Prince's Kiss, which reached number 2 in the 1986 Festive Fifty.

(The list covers artists covering Prince songs from Peel's playlists)

Artist | Track | First Known Play

External Links

Footnotes
  1. Reprinted Olivetti Chronicles, p233-4, hardback edition. Peel says he went to the gig on "Thursday", which would be 1988-07-28. He also mentioned the performance on his show of 01 August 1988.