Ten key dates in the life of Prince

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Musical genius, ultimate showman, style icon — Prince, a pop legend, died Thursday at age 57. Here are a few key dates in his award-winning career.

June 7, 1958

Birth in Minneapolis, Minnesota of Prince Rogers Nelson. His parents were both jazz musicians.

1978

Release of Prince’s first album, “For You.” The singer’s agent billed him as the new Stevie Wonder. He wrote lyrics, composed the music and sang the entire album, but it was a relative commercial failure.

1979

His second album, the self-titled “Prince,” features his first major hit, “I Wanna Be Your Lover,” which establishes his funk-infused style and sexually charged lyrics. A million copies are sold.

1984

Worldwide fame comes with “Purple Rain,” widely considered one of the greatest albums of all time. Hits include the title “Purple Rain,” “Let’s Go Crazy” and “When Doves Cry.” “Purple Rain” becomes the soundtrack for a movie starring the singer, and Prince wins an Oscar for original song score.

1991

Release of the album “Diamonds and Pearls,” which includes the hits “Cream” and “Get Off.” Six million copies sold. Prince stages a massive tour.

April 27, 1993

Prince, in a conflict with his label Warner, notably over the speed of his album releases, says he will no longer write music for them. He changes his name to an unpronounceable “love symbol.”

1996

His child with dancer and then-wife Mayte Garcia dies shortly after birth. The same year, he releases “Emancipation” on his own New Power Generation label. It goes double platinum (two million copies sold).

1999

Prince takes his name back and signs with Arista Records to release “Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic.”

2015

Release of “HITNRUN Phase One” — initially exclusively on streaming site Tidal.

April 21, 2016

Prince dies at age 57 at his Paisley Park studio in Minnesota, after a recent brief hospitalization for flu. The local sheriff says he was found unresponsive in an elevator.

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