Prince

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Is that his real name?
Actually, yes. Future androgynous genius Prince Rogers Nelson was born in Minneapolis on June 7, 1958. Both of his parents were musicians; they got married while performing in the same jazz group.

So he had a head start on the whole rock star thing?
And he’s never really slowed down since then. Prince began composing music when he was barely out of kindergarten; he signed a record deal with Warner Bros. when he was still a teenager. 1978’s resulting debut album For You is an incidental entry in a colossal discography, but its minor hit “Soft and...