Born Jun 7, 1958

Prince is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and actor. Prince has produced ten platinum albums and thirty Top 40 singles during his career. Prince founded his own recording studio and label; writing, self-producing and playing most, or all, of the instruments on his recordings. In addition, Prince has been a "talent promoter" for the careers of Sheila E.… Read More

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1958 Birth Born on June 7, 1958.
1960 2 Years Old Prince's sister Tika Evene (usually called Tyka) was born in 1960. … Read More


1975 17 Years Old In 1975, Pepe Willie, the husband of Prince's cousin, Shauntel, formed the band 94 East with Marcy Ingvoldstad and Kristie Lazenberry. … Read More
1976 18 Years Old In 1976, Prince created a demo tape with producer Chris Moon in Moon's Minneapolis studio. … Read More


1978 - 1979 3 More Events
Prince performed both these songs on January 26, 1980, on American Bandstand. … Read More
In February 1981, Prince made his first appearance on Saturday Night Live, performing "Partyup".
1982 24 Years Old In late 1982, Prince released a double album, 1999, which sold over three million copies. … Read More
In 1984, he began referring to his backup band as the Revolution and released Purple Rain, which served as the soundtrack to his film debut of the same name. … Read More


1989 31 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In 1989, Prince appeared on Madonna's studio album Like a Prayer, co-writing and singing the duet "Love Song" and playing electric guitar (uncredited) on the songs "Like a Prayer", "Keep It Together", and "Act of Contrition". … Read More
1990 32 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1990, Prince went back on tour with a revamped band for his stripped down, back-to-basics Nude Tour. … Read More
He released three more solo albums before debuting The New Power Generation band in 1991. … Read More
1992 - 1995 4 More Events
1996 38 Years Old 1 More Event
The songs on Controversy were published by Controversy Music – ASCAP, a practice he continued until the Emancipation album in 1996.


1998 40 Years Old Prince released Crystal Ball, a five-CD collection of unreleased material, in 1998. … Read More
His next three records, Dirty Mind (1980), Controversy (1981) and 1999 (1982), continued his success, showcasing Prince's trademark of prominently sexual lyrics and incorporation of elements of funk, dance and rock music.
2000 - 2001 3 More Events
2002 44 Years Old 1 More Event
Controversy also marked the introduction of Prince's use of abbreviated spelling, such as spelling the words you as U, to as 2, and for as 4, as indicated by the inclusion of the track "Jack U Off". (His earlier song titles had used conventional spelling.) By 2002, noted that "now all of his titles, liner notes and Web postings are written in his own shorthand spelling, as seen on 1999's Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic, which featured 'Hot Wit U.'"
2004 46 Years Old 1 More Event
On February 8, 2004, Prince appeared at the Grammy Awards with Beyoncé Knowles. … Read More
In late 2005, Prince signed with Universal Records to release his album, 3121, on March 21, 2006 (3/21). … Read More
To promote the new album, Prince was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live on February 4, 2006, 17 years after his last SNL appearance on the 15th anniversary special and nearly 25 years since his first appearance on a regular episode in 1981, making Prince the only SNL musical guest to have that long of a gap between appearances. … Read More
On February 2, 2007, Prince played at the Super Bowl XLI press conference. … Read More


On April 25, 2008, Prince performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, where he debuted a new song, "Turn Me Loose".
Prince released a triple album set containing LOtUSFLOW3R, MPLSoUND, and an album credited to his new protégé, Bria Valente, called Elixer, on March 24, 2009, followed by a physical release on March 29. … Read More
In January 2010, Prince wrote a new song, "Purple and Gold", inspired by his visit to a Minnesota Vikings football game against the Dallas Cowboys. … Read More
2011 - 2013 7 More Events
In January 2014, Prince filed a lawsuit titled Prince v. Chodera against 22 online users for direct copyright infringement, unauthorized fixation, and contributory copyright infringement and bootlegging.
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