You can’t mention contributions to America’s soundtrack or Black Music Month without mentioning the one that lauded the Minneapolis sound complete with a keyboard mixture of rock, pop, funk, and soul, laced with sexual lyrics. The music of Prince impacted much of the 80s dance and pop music. With a range that consisted of singing, dancing, songwriting, composing, producing, and playing multiple instruments, the talents of Prince was and still is unmatched. He died on April 21, 2016 at 57 years old.
Aside from his stellar and often provocative performances, Prince had established himself as a collaborator. Several of his songs were remade by other artists.
As we remember Prince, we’re taking a look at how some of the artists in the industry have paid homage to Prince over the years with covers of some of his music.
Prince’s Influence as an African American Musician
In the early ‘80s, R&B singer Stephanie Mills took on the hit “How Come You Don’t Call Me Anymore.”
Alicia Keys later remade the song basing her cover version on Stephanie Mills’ version.
The Pointer Sisters recorded their version of the 1979 song “I Feel for You.”
Chaka Khan put her vocals to her version of “I Feel for You” making it an instant classic in 1984 with some Minneapolis funk sprinkled throughout the single.
Rebbie Jackson put her version of the song on the Centipede album.
Meli’sa Morgan’s rendition of “Do Me Baby” became an instant classic.
Tom Jones took the song “Kiss” and made it his own by turning it into an electro-funky jam.
George Clinton covered “Erotic City” for the PCU movie soundtrack.
TLC covered the single “If I Was Your Girlfriend” on their CrazySexyCool album.
Inspiring Artists and the American Soundtrack
Jazz great Herbie Hancock reworked the Prince single “Thieves in the Temple” by turning it into a jazzy instrumental.
With a Timbaland beat behind him, and dove sounds weaved in an out of the song, Ginuwine covered “When Doves Cry” in 1996.
Mariah Carey featuring Dru Hill covered Prince’s “Beautiful Ones” in 1997.
D’Angelo put his soulful funky stamp on the song “She’s Always in My Hair” in 1997.
In 2000, Tina Turner covered a techno-rock version of the song “Baby I’m a Star” as part of an advertising campaign for Target. The song was also released on the album All That Glitters.
KeKe Wyatt covered the classic “Diamonds & Pearls” by Prince and The New Power Generation.
While the list of artists covering Prince’s music is a lengthy one, it just shows the impact that his music had on the industry and America’s soundtrack.