Legendary, genre-bending rocker Prince died at the age of 57. In addition to being a musical pioneer, the Minneapolis native dabbled in filmmaking, most successfully with 1984’s “Purple Rain.” While most people know about the singer’s infamous name change, here are 5 things you might not have known about the artist formerly known as The Artist Formerly Known as Prince.
1. His Real Name Actually Was Prince.
Born to two musical parents on June 7, 1958, Prince Rogers Nelson was named after his father’s jazz combo.
2. He Wrote A Lot Of Songs For Other Artists.
In addition to penning several hundred songs for himself, Prince also composed music for other artists, including “Manic Monday” for the Bangles, “I Feel For You” for Chaka Khan, and “Nothing Compares 2 U” for Sinéad O’Connor.
3. His Symbol Actually Had Meaning And A Name.
Even though the whole world referred to him as either “The Artist” or “The Artist Formerly Known as Prince,” that weird symbol Prince used was actually known as “Love Symbol #2.” It was copyrighted in 1997, but when Prince’s contract with Warner Bros. expired at midnight on December 31, 1999, he announced that he was reclaiming his given name.
4. His Sister Sued Him.
In 1987, Prince’s half-sister, Lorna Nelson, sued him, claiming that she had written the lyrics to “U Got the Look,” a song from “Sign the Times” that features pop artist Sheena Easton. In 1989, the court sided with Prince.
5. Prince Kept Actual Doves.
The “When Doves Cry” singer actually kept doves in his home. He kept about 4 to 5 white doves in a cage in his hallway.