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RIP Prince Rogers Nelson – 1958 to 2016

Prince Rogers Nelson was born June 7, 1958, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Mattie Della Nelson (née Shaw; 1933–2002) and John Lewis Nelson (1916–2001). Prince used many aliases including Jamie Starr, Alexander Nevermind, Joey Coco, The Artist Formerly Known as Prince and of course . The Early Years Prince’s father John was a songwriter and pianist, and his mother Mattie was a jazz singer. John’s stage name was Prince Rogers, and he performed with a jazz group called the Prince Rogers Trio. In a 1991 interview John Lewis Nelson said, “I named my son Prince because I wanted him to do everything I wanted to do.” Prince was a child prodigy and self-taught on dozens of instruments, from the piano to the guitar, bass and drums….
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