19 Surprising Facts About Prince was originally published on globalgrind.com

1. Prince wrote his first song at age 7. He titled it “Funk Machine.”

Prince wrote his first song at age 7. He titled it “Funk Machine.”

2. Prince once sued Adobe Photoshop to prevent fans from altering his photos. Unfortunately, he lost.

Prince once sued Adobe Photoshop to prevent fans from altering his photos. Unfortunately, he lost.

3. Prince’s favorite meal was spaghetti and orange juice.

Prince’s favorite meal was spaghetti and orange juice.

4. The “Purple Rain” soundtrack spent 24 weeks at number one on Billboard.

The “Purple Rain” soundtrack spent 24 weeks at number one on Billboard.

5. Michael Jackson’s “Bad” was supposed to be a duet with Prince.

Michael Jackson’s “Bad” was supposed to be a duet with Prince.

6. Prince was a devout Jehovah’s Witness.

Prince was a devout Jehovah’s Witness.

7. In 1980, when John Lennon was murdered, Prince was only a few blocks away.

In 1980, when John Lennon was murdered, Prince was only a few blocks away.

8. Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks was supposed to write “Purple Rain,” but couldn’t handle the pressure.

Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks was supposed to write “Purple Rain,” but couldn’t handle the pressure.

9. Family and friends called Prince “Skipper” as a kid.

Family and friends called Prince “Skipper” as a kid.

10. In 1984, Prince not only had the number one movie in the country, but also the number one single & album.

In 1984, Prince not only had the number one movie in the country, but also the number one single & album.

11. Despite his small stature, Prince was a remarkable basketball player.

Despite his small stature, Prince was a remarkable basketball player.

12. Prince formed his first band when he was 13 years old.

Prince formed his first band when he was 13 years old.

13. In 2012, Prince dissed Maroon 5 for covering “Kiss.”

In 2012, Prince dissed Maroon 5 for covering “Kiss.”

14. In 2013, Prince performed at “Star Wars” director George Lucas’ wedding.

In 2013, Prince performed at “Star Wars” director George Lucas’ wedding.

15. The movie “Purple Rain” cost $7 million to make and grossed over $69 million.

The movie “Purple Rain” cost $7 million to make and grossed over $69 million.

16. Prince scrapped his 1987 album “The Black Album” just days before its release.

Prince scrapped his 1987 album “The Black Album” just days before its release.

17. Prince penned The Bangles’ “Manic Monday” and Chaka Khan’s “I Feel For U.”

Prince penned The Bangles’ “Manic Monday” and Chaka Khan’s “I Feel For U.”

18. Prince’s dad once had a band called Prince Rogers Jazz Trio.

Prince’s dad once had a band called Prince Rogers Jazz Trio.

19. Prince sent Janelle Monae a singing telegram asking for a copy of her “The Electric Lady” album.

Prince sent Janelle Monae a singing telegram asking for a copy of her “The Electric Lady” album.
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