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A creative genius who dominated the charts.

Byline: Tom Wilkinson

PRINCE was one of the biggest artists of the 1980s and 1990s and has influenced the pop scene since with his creative genius.

He was prolific in writing hits fusing a unique mix of rock, soul, RnB, soul and funk, and was a talented multi-instrumentalist.

Here are some of his biggest singles in the UK.

His first British top 10 When Doves Cry in 1984, was named the song of the summer by Billboard magazine in the US and sold two million copies over there. It reached number four here.

Purple Rain, title track from the cult film, reached number eight that year, followed in 1985 by a successful reissue of the impossibly catchy 1999, and Little Red Corvette on double a-side. It peaked at number two in the UK. The upbeat party celebration Let's Go Crazy reached number seven that year, continuing his run of chart hits.

Kiss the following year reached number six, which went on to be successfully covered by Sir Tom Jones. In 1988 his funk work out Alphabet Street charted at number nine, followed in 1989 by Batdance, from the Batman blockbuster, which reached number two.

His run of hits continued into the 1990s, with the James Brown influenced Gett Off reaching number four in 1991.

Sexy MF, with its eye-popping, explicit lyrics reached number four the next year, when My Name is Prince reached number seven.

His only number one came in 1994, when he had dropped the Prince title and chose to rename himself as a symbol, with his ballad The Most Beautiful Girl in the World.

He had already written the heartbreaking 1990 chart topper Nothin Compares 2 U, sung by Sinead O'Connor. It was a worldwide hit and the third biggest single of the year.

He recorded 15 UK top 10s and 38 top 40s.

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Apr 22, 2016
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