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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Just because . . . . . . .fonky!
I miss Prince and don't own much but if ever there was someone for whom the term 'genius' was appropriate, it is him! Loved his guitar playing and hot tamale this is funky! Enjoying this on a warm sunny day here not least because of the vid!
It will go down in histrpoy as a sad end to a wonderful musician and I am angry he turned out to be all too human as he seemed above the causes of his death. America you need to do something about your health service and as we are about to lose ours it is timely to recall what meds Prince was on and why when he passed away. Nothing illegal here but the sheer volume of medication and I will say it again and again is simply murderous!
On this day in music history: April 20, 2004 - “Musicology”, the thirtieth album by Prince is released. Produced by Prince, it is recorded at Paisley Park in Chanhassen, MN, Metal Works in Mississauga, Ontario, and The Hit Factory in New York City in Mid - Late 2003. After experimenting with distributing his music through his own NPG Music Club website, Prince decides to realign himself with the more traditional form of issuing his work. Released in cooperation with Sony Music’s Columbia Records, it is the artists’ first major label release in over five years. The album also features guest appearances from musicians such as Candy Dulfer, Maceo Parker, Sheila E. and Stokley Williams of Mint Condition. Part of its commercial success is due to the unique method of selling it by including a copy of the CD along with the price of a concert ticket, during the “Musicology Tour”. It spins off two singles (three in the UK) including “Call My Name” (#75 Pop) and the title track (#3 R&B). It wins two Grammy Awards including Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for the title track and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for the single “Call My Name” in 2005. “Musicology” peaks at number three on the Billboard Top 200 and R&B album charts, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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