Prince made Minneapolis famous through his 1984 movie, Purple Rain, which was set in the city and featured the its premier nightclub, First Avenue. He is also the primary architect of the “Minneapolis Sound,” a blending of rhythm and blues, funk, rock, pop, punk, and new wave that defined the music of the 1980s. Born Prince Rogers Nelson on June 7, 1958 in Minneapolis, he was the child of a jazz pianist and singer. A musical prodigy, Prince mastered the piano, guitar, bass and drums at a young age; and developed studio and recording skills that allowed him to fully produce, arrange, compose and perform complete albums by himself. He left a lasting legacy on music, culture, and the recording industry—and put Minneapolis music on the map.
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