Happy Birthday Prince!

THE 5' 2" FATHER OF "PUNK FUNK"
TURNS 50!

Five decades ago, Prince Rogers Nelson (or unpronounceable symbol to some…) popped out of his mama and slapped his own ass before letting out a cry that made the delivery room get down. Or at least that's how some of us imagine his entry into the world. Looking unnaturally youthful and still rockin' down massive crowds (who else played at Coachella this year?), Prince hits the big 5-0 today, and we at JamBase wanted to raise our hands in the air like we DO care.

The dynamo with a Dirty Mind continues to pump out music at an alarming rate, adding to his cavernous studio vault every year and continually finding new ways to express himself in unique settings like his recent residencies in Las Vegas and Los Angeles. The stepchild of Hendrix, Sly Stone and Miles Davis, he is one of the greats and we're glad to share this world with him. Joyeux anniversaire, you little freak. We love ya!

For those wanting to swath themselves in "purple" today, here's a few options:

-Prince's 2007 Super Bowl Halftime performance


-Charlie Murphy's tale of shooting hoops with Prince and the Revolution



You might also check out the coolest Prince fan site out there, where you find out valuable information like the original line-up of The Time is doing two residencies at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas (June 24 - July 5 and July 29 - August 5) or about last night's 2nd Annual Prince Family Reunion in Minneapolis. And while in Vegas be sure to catch Purple Reign, the super baddest Prince tribute band going.

Mayhap you can best celebrate His Purple Mounted Majesty by sitting on your butt and watching hours of his videos or maybe just one rippin' live performance of Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love."

However you choose to remember Prince's birth it will likely pale in comparison with his own revels, which a house elf that's worked at Paisley Park for years told us may involve peacocks, chaps, baptisms in water from Lake Minnetonka, walks under a cherry moon and a round of "If I Was Your Girlfriend." Good times, good times…

[Published on: 6/7/08]

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Comments

PKone Sat 6/7/2008 05:46AM
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You sexy MotherF*@ker!

cart star Sat 6/7/2008 06:49AM
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Rickymullet starstarstarstarstar Sat 6/7/2008 07:12AM
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colonel starstarstarstarstar Sat 6/7/2008 07:25AM
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cart, you are a complete amateur!! Prince deserves all this attention and more. People will be listening to this guy for decades to come. Long live the Father of Punk Funk!

acomma Sat 6/7/2008 07:55AM
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BRabbit Sat 6/7/2008 08:40AM
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BRabbit

pussy control

fydo1974 starstarstarstarstar Sat 6/7/2008 10:36AM
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fydo1974

In celebration, my breakfast this morning will consist of starfish and coffee, maple syrup and jam, buttersotch clouds, a tangerine, and a side order of ham.

If you do not get this reference, you obviously have yet to set your mind free.

garriswh Sat 6/7/2008 10:40AM
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He definitely doesn't look 50.

welting Sat 6/7/2008 01:01PM
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welting

No, he was 49.

BooneRes Sat 6/7/2008 01:51PM
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BooneRes

Prince is the man but if that shit about him lovin WSP is true then i def lose a little respect for him.... i wonder if he listens to skynyrd too?????

acomma Sat 6/7/2008 02:56PM
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acomma

rickymullet is a tool, he posted the same thing about Claypool.

tbourke Sat 6/7/2008 07:52PM
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tbourke

Price was the man. He rocks

phunkyjedi08 Sun 6/8/2008 08:00AM
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phunkyjedi08

the comment about WSP is, I think, a reference to another egotistical guitar-toter (one whom I love passionately) being discussed in the message board under another article here on JamBase. 'cos seriously - who likes WSP?

anyway, does anyone think that Prince, especially in the Halftime Show vid, is a total show-boater? I'm not that experienced, but his solos seem flashy and crappy and uninspired/uninspiring to me...

phunkyjedi08 Sun 6/8/2008 08:09AM
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phunkyjedi08

this just in: deciding to give Prince (yet another) chance for his decision to cover one of the kickin'-est bands in the history of time results in BLASTING LED ZEPPELIN!!!!!

r0llingst0ned starstarstarstarstar Sun 6/8/2008 02:23PM
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wagsinnorthernva Mon 6/9/2008 06:08AM
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wagsinnorthernva

This is about Prince, who is good. And if you haven't seen him live or understand go find out the man can play and write some mean tunes.

breckenridgejam starstarstarstarstar Mon 6/9/2008 08:53AM
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breckenridgejam

Game Blouses!

Astronaut Jones starstarstarstar Mon 6/9/2008 09:00AM
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sbruce44 starstarstarstarstar Mon 6/9/2008 09:18AM
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sbruce44

Wrong, phunkyjedi08, his solos are inspired. Inspired by sexual intercourse. Every note he plays on the guitar touches a woman's g-spot. (And Zep kicks a whole lot of ass as we all know - can't you hear some Page in Prince's chops?)

Prince's greatness should be evinced by how many people today rip his vocal style and stage presence, and also how much more heavily he influenced his contemporaries than Michael Jackson did.

Shoot the j... Shoot it!

MyFavBandIsTheBestYoursSucks starstarstarstarstar Mon 6/9/2008 01:28PM
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MyFavBandIsTheBestYoursSucks

Prince is one of the most popular musicians & live acts in the world.

So yeah... obviously all the millions of fans are idiots & dont get it.

His longevity in the biz speaks for itself, If you ever get the chance to see his live show dont miss out. pussy control baby.

redhed starstarstarstarstar Tue 6/10/2008 10:32AM
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redhed

prince is great , i thought everybody liked prince.

secrets Wed 6/18/2008 12:01PM
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Prince has shaped my mind in a big way since I was a kid. You could say I have a dirty mind. Prince is my idol always. I am an adult and not a high schooler so I will not bash things I don't know or understand. As for all of you other Prince fans, I love you for loving him.

abbelladi starstarstarstarstar Mon 6/7/2010 08:07PM
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UHHH ? PRINCE IS 52 .. PEOPLE NOT 50 ..sorry prince to out you .. my lovely friend .. prince was born .. PRINCE * ROGER * NELSON

.... NOT ROGER(S) JUNE 7 1958 not 1960 that makes him 52 , not 50 sorry i just had to correct you, way back when.. CHRIS MOON fuged princes age to make him 2 yrs younger so warner bros would see him as more a child protege' instead of a very gifted tallented teenager. so chris and his other MGR what was his name .. agreed to lie about prince's age changing the year he was born from 1958 to 1960.. OK, so now i has exposed my own age ..lol Ive been a fan of Princes since I was 3 or 4 yrs old. Isnt it so Obvious ... Happy Birthday Pince you, SEXY MF, you Abbella from Apple Vally, MN. USA