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This week it’s two songs from two giants of soul/funk music, one lost to us in 1984, the other sadly departed just weeks ago.
Marvin Gaye released “What’s Going On” in 1971 which heavily commented on social issues and is considered a landmark album in pop culture.
Prince wasn’t known for social commentary but he released the album “Sign o’ the Times” in 1987 whose title track referred to a number of issues and news stories of the time such as AIDS, nuclear holocaust, poverty and the space shuttle Challenger disaster.
These brilliant songs are from those albums.
“Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)” by Marvin Gaye from 1971
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“Sign o’ the Times” by Prince from 1987
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2016 continues its ruthless felling of national treasures and pop icons with the loss of one of the most talented of them all, Prince.
The shock death of Prince at age 57 has stunned fans and artists alike. He sold over 100 million records worldwide and won seven Grammy awards amongst many other accolades. He was very talented from an early age and reportedly played all 27 instruments on his debut album!
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My favourite Prince song “When Doves Cry” from the “Purple Rain” soundtrack from 1984. It was his first American number one and topped the chart for five weeks there. Billboard named it their number one single of the year. He plays all the instruments and it is unusual in that it has no bass line, Prince removed it to make the track seem starker.
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Here is a famous song of Prince’s which Tom Jones later covered. This is “Kiss” from 1986 which got Prince his third American number one and a Grammy award.
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Prince at the Brit Awards in 2006 where he performed a medley of his then current singles “Te Amo Corazón” and “Fury” and followed with past hits “Purple Rain” and “Let’s Go Crazy”. This performance shows off his fabulous guitar work and showmanship.
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RIP Prince Rogers Nelson