With more than 100 million records sold, Prince is one of the best-selling recording artists of all time.
He won seven Grammy Awards and even an Oscar, and on Thursday Rock-and-Roll Hall of Famer Prince died.
The very first song played on radio airwaves was “Kiss.”
On Thursday, there were tributes on live air as callers remembered their favorite memories of Prince.
In 1984, the song “Kiss” greeted Connecticut listeners on the Kiss 95.7 airwaves.
“Prince and Kiss was the very first song we played,” said Kiss 95.7 Program Director Zac Davis.
On Thursday, local listeners had been calling and sharing their memories.
“Saying, 'oh my gosh, I remember when...’ it takes them back to a simpler time, a fun time, kind of letting your hair down time,” Davis said.
Many remember the pop icon for his artistry, not just on the unique vocals, but on the many instruments he played.
Even President Barack Obama remembered the pop icon.
Many locals had the chance to see him up close during several stops he made in Connecticut. The last was a three-night stint at the Mohegan Sun Arena in 2013. One of the earlier dates was a stop at the Civic Center in 1988.
“It was a larger than life type of performance. He would be on one side, then move to the other, backup singers, it was more than just going to a show, it was a once in a lifetime experience,” Davis said.
The one-of-a-kind shows were just a small part of Prince’s career.
His music transformed the 1980s sound. His lyrics were highly controversial, and his outfits were too.
In the late 1990s he abandoned his name, changing it to a symbol. He put out an album last year and was in the middle of a string of performances when he was hospitalized last week with the flu. His death came as a shock to the music world.
“A lot of different artists he influenced, and he probably didn't realize the influence he had,” Davis said.
There is a tribute show being aired at 8 p.m. on The River 105.9 on Thursday.
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