KMOJ press release on Prince’s death April 21st 2016
KMOJ and Prince grew up together in the music business. When Prince started his career, releasing his first album in 1978, KMOJ was the first radio station to put his music on the airwaves.
The connection between Prince Rogers Nelson and KMOJ represents the foundation of what became known as The Minneapolis Sound.
We here at KMOJ join the rest of the music world in sadness today after learning of the death of our friend and music icon. Prince, born and raised in Minneapolis, was found dead of undetermined causes at his Paisley Park complex. He was 57.
Entertainers and celebrities around the world have expressed shock and grief on social media over Prince's death, including a posting that reads "This is what it sounds like when doves cry," a reference to Prince's mega hit in 1984.
Actor Samuel L. Jackson posted this reaction on his Twitter account: "A massive loss for us all! What a genius! Speechless."
Among Prince's endless accomplishments were seven Grammy Awards and his induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Rolling Stone Magazine called Prince "one of the most naturally gifted artists of all time."
Prince's career hit worldwide adulation with his 1982 album "1999," which featured Top 10 singles "Little Red Corvette," "Delirious" and "1999."
Two years later, Prince put together his infamous "Purple Rain" movie, a film with an iconic soundtrack that featured the everlasting single "Purple Rain" and blockbuster hits "Let's Go Crazy" and "When Doves Cry," the No. 1 R&B song in 1984.
RIP our friend. We and the world will miss you.
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U.S. Marshals arrested the boy 600 miles away in Minneapolis.
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