The Artist Known as Prince

In 1986, The Bangles released the hit single "Manic Monday." Who wrote the song?

And the answer is: Prince.

Photo Courtesy: Richard E. Aaron, Redferns. 

Reaching number two on the charts in the US, UK, and Canada, "Manic Monday" was The Bangles' first hit song. They were offered the tune by its songwriter, Prince, who also wrote hit songs for Sinead O'Connor, Chaka Khan, Stevie Nicks, and others.

Born Prince Rogers Nelson, Prince pursued the arts from a very young age. The Artist (as he was later known) wrote his first song, "Funk Machine," at age 7 on his father's piano. At age 19, he had signed his first manager and successfully recorded his first demo at a recording studio called Sound 80 in Minneapolis. The demo attracted the attention of labels such as Warner Bros, A&M Records, and Columbia Records, leading to Prince's first recording contract.

Prince's first album, For You, was impressively written, produced, arranged, and composed by himself (not to mention the 27 instruments he played). From there, Prince only gained steam. With the release of his 1979 album Prince, the singer-songwriter earned his first #1 hit, launching him into the mainstream. However, it wasn't until the release of his hit film and album Purple Rain that Prince solidified his influence in the music industry, and his role as one of the greatest artists of his generation. At one point in 1984, Prince simultaneously had the #1 album, single, and film in the United States. It was the first time a singer had achieved this feat.

Did you know?

For a point in time, Prince went by an unpronounceable symbol instead of his name! While the world took to calling him "The Artist" or "The Artist Formerly Known as Prince," the symbol, pictured below, was used in a ploy to mess with Warner Bros' release policies. When Prince's contract with Warner Bros. expired at midnight on December 31, 1999, he announced that he was reclaiming his given name.

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