(MEDIA GENERAL) How many people around the world are humming to their favorite Prince tunes Thursday as they remember the music icon. Prince passed away at the age of 57. He left behind a treasure trove of music including “Little Red Corvette,” “Raspberry Beret” and “Kiss” to name just a few.
Prince had been touring and recording right up until his death, releasing four albums in the last 18 months, including two on the Tidal streaming service last year. He performed in Atlanta last week as part of his “Piano and a Microphone” tour, a stripped down show that has featured a mix of his hits like “Purple Rain” or “Little Red Corvette” and some B-sides from his extensive library.
Prince debuted the intimate format at his Paisley Park studios in January, treating fans to a performance that was personal and was both playful and emotional at times.
We took a few moments to find some of our favorite singles to help you remember the musician known for his penchant for purple. Prince was fiercely protective of his independence, battling his record company over control of his material and even his name. So, finding a few YouTube recordings wasn’t simple.
1979: “I Wanna Be Your Lover”
1984: “When Doves Cry”
1984: “Let’s Go Crazy”
1984: “Purple Rain”
1985 Oscar goes to Prince for “Purple Rain”
When Prince won the Oscar for best original film score in 1985 for “Purple Rain,” he said he could never imagine such a moment in his wildest dreams. He called it unbelievable!
“American Woman” with Lenny Kravitz and Prince
Prince also worked with other artists. He worked on Sinead O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2 U,” Cyndi Lauper’s “When You Were Mine,” and the Bangles “Manic Monday.” Here he performs “American Woman” with Lenny Kravitz.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.