The Day Prince Died
by Alex Cosper
Thursday, April 21, 2016

The death of recording artist Prince sent shockwaves throughout the music world on April 21, 2016. Even though reports spread quickly on social media, there was a lack of musical material to share due to the artist blocking much of his content on YouTube. Several videos that list Prince on YouTube either have muted audio or do not really include original recordings of the artist.

Regardless of Prince's feelings about the internet, he leaves behind a great archive of music, which spanned from the late seventies through the present. He will likely be remembered most for his enormously popular albums 1999 and Purple Rain. The list of songs that people danced to at night clubs and parties is very long.

Prince's most remembered songs were big hits in the 80s, which included:

1979 - I Wanna Be Your Lover
1981 - Controversy
1982 - 1999
1982 - DMSR
1983 - Little Red Corvette
1983 - Delirious
1983 - Let's Pretend We're Married
1984 - When Doves Cry
1984 - Let's Go Crazy
1984 - Purple Rain
1984 - I Would Die 4U/Baby I'm a Star
1985 - Erotic City
1985 - Take Me With U
1985 - Rasberry Beret
1985 - Pop Life
1985 - A Love Bizarre (with Shiela E)
1986 - Kiss
1987 - Sign O' The Times
1987 - U Got the Look
1987 - I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man
1988 - Alphabet Street
1989 - Batdance
1989 - Partyman
1990 - Thieves In The Temple
1991 - Cream

Album sales for Prince dropped off in the 1990s, beginning with the 1992 release of the Love Symbol Album, which included the symbol that Prince adopted as his name a year later. From that time on he was often referred to as "the artist formerly known as Prince." He continued to use the symbol as his identity until May 2000 when he reverted to the name Prince.

One of the best videos I've found that captures Prince's great live musicianship featured his lead solo guitar work on the Beatles' song "While My Guitar Gently Weeps." The performance included Steve Winwood, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne and George Harrison's son Dhani. There is other live footage of Prince available on YouTube, but he did a thorough job blocking most of his best work.

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