When Prince Died, Tributes Arrived From Around the Globe

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Fellow musicians went to social media to pay tribute to the legendary Prince when the pop-rock-funk-R&B songwriting and guitar-playing genius died April 21, 2016 at just 57 at his Minnesota estate.

Here’s one from the hometown Minnesota Twins that gave us chills…

Madonna‘s career closely paralleled Prince’s, in a number of aspects. Both acts were promoted to radio by the Warner Bros. Records staff throughout the 1980s when their careers took off.

Eric Clapton (via Facebook): I’m so sad about the death of Prince, he was a true genius, and a huge inspiration for me, in a very real way….

In the the eighties, I was out on the road in a massive downward spiral with drink and drugs, I saw Purple Rain in a cinema in Canada, I had no idea who he was, it was like a bolt of lightning!…
In the middle of my depression, and the dreadful state of the music culture at that time it gave me hope, he was like a light in the darkness…
I went back to my hotel, and surrounded by empty beer cans, wrote Holy Mother….
I can’t believe he’s gone….

An inspired ad from Chevrolet appeared in several major newspapers on Friday, April 22…

Chevrolet Prince Ad

Pete Townshend (via Facebook): Goodbye sweet Prince. Pure, certified genius at the highest level. Too soon.

Sign Of The Times. Hell Yeah, Shit Is Fucked Up Big Time.

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We can’t confirm whether this photo of a NYC subway station is photoshopped but it’s brilliantly clever nonetheless!

The final tweet from Prince‘s Twitter account was on April 18 to promote the longtime Minneapolis indie record store Electric Fetus. He had apparently visited the store for last Saturday’s annual Record Store Day. Minnesota Public Radio reports that he purchased six CDs there: Stevie Wonder’s Talking Book, Chambers Brothers’ The Time Has Come, Joni Mitchell’s Hejira, Swan Silvertones’ Inspirational Gospel Classics, Missing Persons’ Best Of and the new Santana IV.

Stevie Wonder (to CNN): “He could play classical music if he wanted to, country music if he wanted to, jazz… rock… blues… pop… everything. He was just a great musician.”

Carlos Santana (via Facebook): Dear Prince,
We thank you for sharing your luminous,
Brilliant spirit with us all, uplifting and healing.
I will always cherish and honor our oneness
And we will both always cherish our moments with you.
We keep playing over and over, our favorite song
‘The Last December ‘
And we feel your presence deeply.
We know that you are now in the ever so vast and magnificent hands of the Almighty.
Our deepest gratitude, respect, honor and love,
Carlos and Cindy

From Susanna Hoffs, who enjoyed a Bangles hit with the Prince composition (credited to “Christopher”) with “Manic Monday”…

Robert L. Johnson said: “As the founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET) to which the musical genius of Prince contributed so much, I am deeply saddened by his untimely death. The music world and a world of fans will miss this musical genius. Prince was one of the most brilliant and creative artists and performers, and he was also one of the smartest business music guys I met.

“I will miss his idiosyncratic and quirky ways which fascinated me during the times we met when I was running BET, and of course his indelible imprint on the world of music. Purple Rain is falling all over the world today!”

Mick Jagger (via Facebook): I am so saddened to hear of Prince’s passing. Prince was a revolutionary artist, a wonderful musician and composer. He was an original lyricist and a startling guitar player. His talent was limitless. He was one of the most unique and exciting artists of the last 30 years.

Peter Gabriel (via Facebook): Bowie, George Martin and now Prince – music is suffering such significant losses.
Prince gave me some of the best live music I have ever witnessed.
He had a prodigious talent, as a musician, writer, guitarist and bandleader.
I was introduced to him early by Carole Childs, then my A&R at Geffen.
She said you have to check out this young kid, he plays and records everything himself and he’s very rude.
It was obvious that he was already totally in charge of his medium and I’ve been a fan ever since.
He will be badly missed.
– pg

Aretha Franklin (to MSNBC): It’s such a blow. It’s really surreal. It’s just kind of unbelievable. He was definitely an original and a one-of-a-kind. Truly there was only one Prince.

Steve Winwood (who famously performed with Prince at the 2004 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony honoring George Harrison, via Facebook): “Prince, a truly great musician, producer and writer whom I had the privilege to play with, also managed to orchestrate his business affairs within what was, and is, an exploitative industry.” – SW

Bonnie Raitt (via Facebook): So very sorry to hear of the tragic loss of Prince, one of our most unique, influential and talented artists… Gone far too soon. My condolences to all those close to him…may he rest in Peace.

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  1. Mike L
    #1 Mike L 22 April, 2018, 02:28

    It’s so hard to believe it’s already a year since Prince left our world!! Nothing and no musician can compare to Prince in the 30 years he was out there doing his thing like only he could. I’ve seen alot of great bands/musicians.. and overall I’d have to say Prince was the most complete package above and beyond any other act of his time. Wish I saw him more than 4 times but I cherish the memories of his shows. No one commanded an audience the way he did. I’ve seen alot of shows at MSG.. and I’d have to say I never saw anyone completely have 25,000 or thereabouts people in the palm of his hands throughout every minute of the show. I also once saw him at a late night show at tiny Irving Plaza where he was supposed to come on at 1am but didn’t take the stage til 2:30am. The wait sucked cause it was so packed with people but once he came on.. the wait made it all worth it cause that was definitely the most amazing concert I’d seen him play. Chaka Khan was there and played a bunch of tunes with him, Larry Graham on bass for many of the songs, and the show ended as it was getting light outside. Not only did Prince play gtr that night.. he also played bass, drums, keys, and trumpet. And all equally as well as gtr. Unbelievable to say the least! Nothing compares to U Prince.. you were a true original who could do it all.. play smokin gtr. Along with 20 or so other instruments, sing like an angel, write lyrics and music that people will listen to forever, compose, jam, play in front of 25-50k people one night than the next night or often on the same night play to 500 people, perform and dance just as great as Michael or JB, and really much more. May you RIP Prince

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  2. Jack
    #2 Jack 22 April, 2018, 08:09

    One shitty day. Actually, 2016 was one shitty year.

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