“Every day I feel is a blessing from God, and I consider it a new beginning. Yeah everything is beautiful” – Prince
When George Harrison was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, as a mark of respect, Mr. Harrison’s one of the famous Beatles song “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” was performed on stage by a group of legendary musicians which included Tom Petty, Steve Winwood, Jeff Lynne, Dhani Harrison (George’s son), Prince and others. Then guitarist Marc Mann played Eric Clapton solo from the album version of the song. During all this time Prince whose performance went unnoticed burnt the stage. Prince, who essentially stood in the dark for most of the performance, burned the stage to the ground at the song’s end in the last three minutes. It is quite possibly the greatest guitar solo ever by Prince at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Here are some of Prince’s greatest Billboard hits:
“When Doves Cry”
Prince wrote this song for his movie Purple Rain. “When Doves Cry” is the first worldwide hit of Prince, mainly for being the central theme of his 1984 movie Purple Rain. In the opening stanza of this lead single from Purple Rain, Prince teases listeners with guitar pyrotechnics, then picks it up again and continues wailing away on his instrument until the end of the song.
“Kiss” is a 1986 single by Prince and The Revolution, from the album Parade. The “Kiss” track is just forever, it has to be one of the most played club song of all the time. It is so popular that even today you will find it playing in some of the most recognised clubs around the world. They way Prince played his guitar is truly a class act.
“Let’s Go Crazy”
“Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to celebrate this thing called life”. This song is one of the main highlights from the classic Prince and the Revolution album Purple Rain. It was the opening track on both the album and the film Purple Rain. “Let’s Go Crazy” is one of Prince’s most popular songs and is one of the greatest guitar solos of all time.
“Cream” is a song by Prince and The New Power Generation, from the 1991 album Diamonds and Pearls. This song was written by Prince. In the US, “Cream” hit number 1 for two weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 in November, 1991.
“Batdance” was a funk-hip-hop-rock fusion that incorporated actual dialogue from Michael Keaton’s Batman and Jack Nicholson’s Joker over its driving beats. Anything but conventional, fans loved it. “Batdance” became Prince’s fourth number-one single. The hit single is from the 1989 film ‘Batman’.
For someone as multi-talented as Prince, it’s hard to highlight any one as aspect of his amazing craft. In this blog I have tried to highlight some of his best music which were a Billboard hit plus liked by me. The list of music is endless and we at GuitarConfidence.com and the city of Dublin will miss this famous guitarist for rest of our life.
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