In honor of the one-year anniversary of Prince’s tragic death, we’ve compiled a list of five influences that you’ve probably never heard of.
Prince and the Foo Foo Master
Prince would take a “foo foo master” on tour with him to keep his surroundings familiar. His hotel rooms always needed a piano and plenty of candles and lava lamps, like every other musician of his era.
Youthfully Big Headed
Even Prince admittedly had an ego when he was younger. “I had a massive ego. Massive. But that’s not such a bad thing. Because at least you’re aspiring to be something, you consider yourself great because you want to be great.”
Prince never really received any formal music lessons. “I’ve had about two lessons, but they didn’t help much. I think you’ll always be able to do what your ear tells you.” Even his high school band teacher recalled his ability to pick up just about any instrument.
Prince was always openly appreciative and loving of his hometown of Minneapolis, Minn. But Prince did have a love affair with Detroit. The first seven sold-out shows of the famous Purple Rain Tour all took place in Detroit at Joe Louis Arena, two months before he returned to his hometown fans.
A Loss Too Big to Bear
Prince’s first wife, Mayte Garcia was one of his most passionate loves despite being married just four years. In an interview with People magazine, Garcia admitted that Prince may never have gotten over the death of their first child who lived just six days. “I don’t think he ever got over it,” said the now 43-year-old Garcia. “I don’t know how anybody can get over it. I know I haven’t.” The two wed on Valentine’s Day 1996 when Prince was 37 and she was 22.
Tyler Miller is the type of writer that prefers the typewriter.