It’s so hard to believe that it has already been a year since the world lost one of its most legendary entertainers: Prince.
Even though the majority of fans never knew him personally, it’s hard not to feel the blow from the passing of such an iconic figure in pop culture. Prince’s huge personality and zeal for performing always made him seem larger than life, despite his small frame.
Luckily, we will always have his music to remember him by. But there are quite a few interesting facts about Prince and his life offstage that even some of his biggest fans haven’t uncovered.
Take a look below to celebrate the incredible man’s memory and learn even more about what made him such a fascinating star throughout his career.
Be sure to let us know in the comments if we missed your favorite fact about “The Purple One.”
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1. He Wrote His First Song At 7
With his dad playing music in their home, it didn’t take long for Prince to pick up a knack for making melodies with his first tune, “Funk Machine.”
2. His Name Really Was Prince
Though it sounds like a stage name, he was actually given the royal name at birth: Prince Rogers Nelson.
The quirky name was an homage to his dad’s jazz band, the Prince Rogers Trio. You have to love the little heart he dotted the “i” with on his second, self-titled album!
3. His Half-Sister Sued Him
Lorna Nelson claimed in court that she penned the lyrics to “U Got The Look” from Prince’s 1987 album, Sign o’ the Times. She ultimately lost the case.
4. Michael Jackson Wanted "Bad" To Be A Duet With Him
Michael wanted to share the song with Prince, but the latter took issue with the tune’s opening line, “Your butt is mine.”
He responded to the King of Pop by saying, “Who’s singing that to whom? Because you sure ain’t singing that to me — and I sure ain’t singing that to you.”
5. The Symbol Did Have A Name
The “unpronounceable symbol” which he first used for the artwork on his 1992 album was actually known as “Love Symbol #2.” The musician later trademarked it.
6. He Had Three Separate #1 Hits Simultaneously
After his film Purple Rain premiered in July 1984, it hit the #1 box office spot, while its soundtrack topped the album charts. “When Doves Cry” did the same in the singles charts.
7. He Wanted Stevie Nicks To Sing "Purple Rain"
According to the songstress, he sent her the track to write lyrics and perform the tune herself, but she was too intimidated by the song’s epic, sweeping grandeur. She felt he was the only one who could do it justice.
8. He Was A Talented Basketball Player
Don’t let his short stature at 5″2′ fool you, as he was reportedly an excellent athlete despite being smaller than pretty much everyone else playing with him.
9. He Performed At George Lucas' Wedding
Prince provided the tunes for the reception when the Star Wars creator tied the knot with his wife, Mellody Hobson, back in 2013.
10. He Once Charged Only $12.50 For Concert Tickets
In 2014 at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Prince played a long set with 34 of his hit tunes to a packed crowd who only paid £10 (roughly $12.50 in American dollars) to get through the door.
11. He Recorded Most Of His Hits In His Hometown
The Minneapolis-born musician clearly loved his Northern roots and laid down most of his tracks at the Flying Cloud Drive Warehouse in the town of Eden Prairie.
12. He Was Known To Make Unusual Food Orders
In a 1994 interview with Rolling Stone, William Blinn, co-writer of the script for Purple Rain, revealed how he knew the singer was something special as he placed his order during dinner when they first met:
“I never met anyone in the world who ordered spaghetti with tomato sauce and orange juice to drink. He’s definitely got his own drummer going.”
13. He Sent Fan Mail To Joni Mitchell
You might think the folk singer wasn’t in Prince’s funkadelic radar, but she also claims to have spotted him at just 15 years old in the front row during one of her shows.
14. He Was Very Serious About Keeping New 'Dos A Secret
Prince was so insistent on stealth when changing his style that he reportedly paid a salon in Washington to not only close down for the day while crafting his new coif, but even had them black out their windows so no prying eyes could peep in.
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