Purple Rain, Purple Rain – The Prince Of Rock Is Gone

A Brief One from Doug Draper

Posted April 21st, 2016 on Niagara At Large

We are aren’t quite through the first four months of 2016 and it is already proving to be a year of huge and heartbreaking loss in the world of pop music.prince

It began on New Year’s Day with news of the death of Natalie Cole, daughter of the legendary Nat King Cole and a greater singer in her own right, and continued with the passing of David Bowie, Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey, Earth, Wind & Fire’s Maurice White, Beatles producer George Martin, Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake & Palmer fame, and two members of the iconic late-1960s San Francisco group Jefferson Airplane, Paul Kantner and the group’s pre-Grace Slick lead singer Sgne Toly Anderson, and the list goes on.

And now singer, guitarist and rock and R&B performer extraordinaire Prince Rogers Nelson, known more simply and famously to the world as Prince, found dead in his suburban Minneapolis home this Thursday, April 21st at age 57.

“Dearly beloved

We are gathered here today

2 get through this thing called life

Electric word life

It means forever and that’s a mighty long time

But I’m here 2 tell u

There’s something else

The afterworld

A world of never ending happiness

U can always see the sun, day or night”

  • From ‘Let’s Go Crazy’, the opening song on Prince’s classic album ‘Purple Rain’

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One response to “Purple Rain, Purple Rain – The Prince Of Rock Is Gone

  1. Sheila Krekorian

    A few weeks ago I decided it was time to get rid of my old CDs. I had 4 boxes of them and had decided in my mind that I could keep one box of CDs that I could play in the car on the way to concerts at ArtPark (and the like) when my 70’s-80’s groups toured as that is really the only time they saw the light of day. My pool table was a mess from my most recent search for my Rick Astley CDs. I carefully considered which ones to keep based on (mainly) the likelihood that I would see the act in concert again. I remember looking at the Prince CD that had the song 1999 on it and stuggling with the decision. My husband and a friend and her family had gone away to Mexico for New Years Eve 1999. In case the world ended at midnite, we wanted to be somewhere warm and fun. Coincidentally, I was at the same Mexican resort last week when the news broke that Prince had died. I immediately thought of that box of CDs and couldnt recall if Prince had made the “keep” box or not. Yesterday, this Sheila E. was disappointed to realize that the CD hadnt.


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