I’ve wanted to include Prince in these pages for some time but it’s so rare to hear any of his 70s tunes on the radio – until this week. I Wanna Be Your Lover, released in 1979 was Prince’s first almost top ten single.
- The genius of Prince Rogers Nelson is well documented. He was a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and actor who helped shape the music we listen to today.
- Prince wrote his first song when he was seven years old. By the time he was 19 he’d signed to Warner Bros Records and released his not overly successful debut album.
- His second album fared better, gaining platinum status and producing two successful singles Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad? and I Wanna Be Your Lover. His next three albums were all hits; Dirty Mind (1980), Controversy (1981), and 1999 (1982).
- By 1984, the constant evolving that was Prince had begun. He began to refer to his backup band as The Revolution and released Purple Rain, the album and the movie. Three albums later The Revolution disbanded and four solo albums followed. Next came the well documented 1993 name change, from Prince to an unpronounceable symbol often referred to as the Love Symbol. This was in response to a disagreement with his record company. To remove himself from obligations to Warner Bros he released a number of albums in quick succession before signing with Arista Records in 1998. By 2000, Prince had come the full circle and began referring to himself as Prince again.
- 15 albums followed with his final album, HITnRUN Phase Two, being released exclusively on the Tidal streaming service on December 11, 2015.
- Prince sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time.
- He won seven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and an Academy Award.
- Prince was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 and was ranked at #27 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
- Prince was a prolific songwriter, writing and producing songs for various artists, often under pseudonyms.
- Prince died at his Paisley Park recording studio and home in Chanhassen, Minnesota after suffering flu-like symptoms in the previous weeks, on April 21, 2016.
songs prince wrote or co-wrote for other people
Songs written by Prince for others include:
- Manic Monday – The Bangles (using the pseudonym, Christopher)
- Nothing Compares 2U – Sinead O’Connor
- I Feel For You – Chaka Khan
- How Come You Don’t Call Me No More – Alicia Keys
- When You Were Mine – Cyndi Lauper
- Stand Back – Stevie Nicks
- Pray – MC Hammer
- Yo Sister – Patti Labelle
- With This Tear – Celine Dion
i wanna be your lover fax
- Prince wrote I Wanna Be Your Lover in 1979 in response to a hurry-up request from his recording company Warner Bros who wanted a quick follow-up to his debut album.
- Released on August 24, 1979, I Wanna Be Your Lover became Prince’s first successful single peaking at #11 on the US singles chart and #41 on the UK singles chart. Prince subsequently travelled to the UK to perform but was forced to cancel the shows due to poor ticket sales – the UK were late adopters of the Prince phenomenon, waiting until Purple Rain in 1984 to fall under his spell.
- Like many of Prince’s songs, the single is shorter than the album version.
- As part of the promotion of the song, Prince performed on American Bandstand and was interviewed by Dick Clark. Dick later said,
That was one of the most difficult interviews I’ve ever conducted, and I’ve done 10,000 musician interviews.
- Prince included a sample of I Wanna Be Your Lover in the opening of his 1992 hit single My Name is Prince.
- I Wanna Be Your Lover lyrics.
i wanna be your lover – prince – 1979 video
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