Millions mourned the loss of legendary artist Prince on Thursday (April 21) after a publicist for the singer-songwriter confirmed that he had passed away at the age of 57.
The iconic singer, who consistently pushed the envelope with his trademark sound may be gone, but he most certainly will never be forgotten. Celebrate Prince’s lasting legacy by checking out a few facts you might not have known about the artist below:
1. His interviews were unconventional.
Most interviews usually involve some sort of recording or even note taking but that was never the case with Prince. Whenever the artist granted reporters an interview, he was adamant about not letting them record the conversation. Instead, you’d have to recreate the conversation from memory. According to Billboard, Prince’s rules stemmed from a situation that occurred long ago where an individual profited off his recorded voice.
“Some in the past have taken my voice and sold it,” Prince told the magazine back in 2013. “I can’t remember the incident that triggered it and it’s probably best that I don’t.”
And don’t even think about whipping out a pad of paper to take notes on. “That would be just like texting,” said the singer.
2. He was named after his father who was also a musician.
Born Prince Rogers Nelson, the singer was named after his father who’s stage name was Prince Rogers. In an interview with A Current Affair, his dad spoke candidly about why he decided to name his child after himself.
“I named my son Prince because I wanted him to do everything I wanted to do,” said Rogers.
3. He asked legendary musician Stevie Nicks to write on ‘Purple Rain” but she turned him down.
In an interview with The Guardian back in 2011, the singer revealed that Prince initially approached her to ask if she’d help him write lyrics for one of his most iconic tracks. According to Nicks, Prince sent over a cassette tape of music which included a 10-minute track he still needed lyrics for.
“It was so overwhelming, that 10-minute track…I listened to it and I just got scared,” said Nicks. “I called him back and said,’I can’t do it. I wish I could. It’s too much for me.’ I’m so glad that I didn’t because he wrote it, and it became Purple Rain.”
4. He played guitar on Madonna’s “Like A Prayer.”
Though Prince is credited as collaborating on Madonna’s “Love Song and “Keep It Together,” what many don’t know is that the artist also played guitar on Madge’s “Like A Prayer.” In an interview celebrating the single 25 years later, producer Patrick Leonard revealed to Billboard that you can distinctly hear Prince’s guitar work at the beginning of the track.
“The guitar that you hear before the door slams…That’s Prince. What happened is [Madonna] sent him something to play on and he played on it and sent it back. And we didn’t feel that what he did served it. But that piece, that beginning, is him,” revealed Leonard. “We just thought it was crazy and really cool.”
5. He almost collaborated on Michael Jackson’s “Bad.”
The track was meant to be a duet but unfortunately, things didn’t pan out between the two singers. In an interview with comedian Chris Rock, the singer explained that he didn’t care for the first line in the song and so he decided to decline the offer.
6. He originally wrote the track “Kiss” for someone else.
As the story goes, Prince originally wrote the song for his bass player’s band, Mazarati. The artist worked on the track between his Parade sessions as an acoustic demo and then later reworked it with producer David Z. After the track was finished, Prince realized it was too good to give away and so decided to keep it for himself and add it on to his Parade album.