In fact, some could argue that some of today's award-winning artists owe their careers to the Minneapolis native. After she called him up and told him, he came into the studio and contributed instrumentals to the track.
Cyndi Lauper's 1983 single is actually a cover of a song from Prince's Dirty Mind. There are, of course, the obvious ones, many of whom influenced and were influenced by Prince-among them his contemporaries Michael Jackson, George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic, David Bowie, Roxy Music, Grace Jones, Stevie Wonder, and pretty much any post-disco dance, pop, funk, and/or R&B artist active during the 1980s, early 1990s, and the 2000s that one can name.
"Few artists have influenced the sound and trajectory of popular music more distinctly, or touched quite so many people with their talent", Obama said.
So how many of these did you know were written by Prince? Plus, see what the artists who benefited from his collaboration had to say after his death. Take for instance Sinead O'Connor's "Nothing Compares 2 U", which shot the singer to super stardom.
While Prince wrote and recorded this ballad in 1979 for his self-titled album, it wasn't until Khan covered the song in 1984 that it became popular. I'll miss my friend, his advice&great humor.
From 3.25 seconds, it's pure musical genius - synth-pop guitar play, music to anyone's ears and one that really demands that you get up and move your body.
Like "The Glamorous Life", "Manic Monday" was also originally meant for Apollonia 6.
Though first sung by The Time in 1981, girl group TLC recorded this Prince-penned song for the soundtrack to Poetic Justice and later, the group's greatest hits album, Now and Forever: The Hits. Chaka Khan remade it in 1984 and made it famous, adding her own twist.
This was a Top 5 hit for Stevie Nicks; the former Fleetwood Mac singer enlisted Prince's help in finishing up the song, telling him she was inspired to write after hearing his hit Little Red Corvette. He wrote it back in 1982.