Remember Whensday – Prince

This week we remember Prince and his passion for writing music over the course of his 40-year

career. “When Doves Cry” and “Raspberry Beret” were just a few of his classics, but he also

wrote hits for other artists as well like Chaka Khan, Stevie Nicks, and many others.


The Bangles – “Manic Monday”

Prince wrote this song after seeing the Bangles perform in L.A. He sent them a demo of

the song and asked them to record it. This hit landed the group’s first top 10 in the United States.


Chaka Khan – “I Feel for You”

What was originally a ballad written in 1979 for a former crush of Prince, was turned into

a dance hit by Chaka Khan’s then producer, Arif Mardin.


Sheila E – “Love Bizarre”

Prince helped Sheila E’s career soar by recording this duet with her and would become

one of her ultimate hit singles.


Stevie Nicks – “Stand Back”

Stevie Nicks gave Prince credit as an inspiration for the song because she was listening to

“Little Red Corvette” non-stop as she wrote it. She told him about the song and he met with her

in studio to add synthesizer to the track.

About Cassandra Smith

Hey all! I’m Cassandra Smith and this is my first year with WPGU. I am a junior majoring in Broadcast Journalism. I love reading, music, and binge-watching TV shows while eating glorious take-out food.

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