Here are 53 factoids to help you celebrate this glorious day. Release the doves and letâ€™s go crazy.
1. In 1985, Prince owned a white T-bird and could often be seen driving it around North Minneapolis.
2. Princeâ€™s dad, John Nelson, led the â€œPrince Rogersâ€ jazz trio, which eventually became Johnâ€™s nickname, and then Princeâ€™s official name.
3. Princeâ€™s momâ€™s name is Mattie Shaw, and he says sheâ€™s responsible for his â€œwild side.â€
4. Prince is the official pioneer of â€œthe Minneapolis soundâ€ heralded by music mags throughout the â€™80s.
5. Prince wrote â€œNothing Compares 2 Uâ€ about bandmate Wendy Melvoinâ€™s sister Susannah Melvoin, a song that became famous when Sinead Oâ€™Connor covered it.
6. Prince was called â€œSkipperâ€ when he was a little boy.
7. In a 1985 article in Rolling Stone, Prince says Bobby Z is his best friend, though heâ€™s â€œnot a spectacular drummer.â€ He says he keeps him on because Bobbyâ€™s drumming is a reaction to what Prince does on stage.
8. When Princeâ€™s alias was the unpronounceable symbol, some staffers at Paisley Park just referred to him as â€œthe dude.â€
9. At 13, he formed Grand Central, his first band, with some high school friends.
10. Because First Avenue doesnâ€™t have much for a backstage area, many of the scenes that take place offstage but inside the nightclub in Princeâ€™s feature filmPurple Rain had to be filmed offsite.
11. Prince intended Purple Rain to be darker.
12. Prince said he used to get physically ill from depression during the â€œDirty Mindâ€ era.
13. There were many early comparisons of Prince to Jimi Hendrix, and Prince told Rolling Stone in a cover story thatâ€™s â€œonly because heâ€™s black.â€
Prince with Gayngsâ€™ Ryan Olson at First Avenue
14. Prince was spotted all over downtown Minneapolis nightclubs in 2009 but often would leave 10 minutes after he arrived. In 2010, he made several cameo appearances to catch shows at First Avenue, including almost joining Gayngs on stage during their album release show, but each time he would slip out of the club just as attendees were about to fly into a tizzy.
15. Prince is 5â€™2â€³ tall.
16. Because of his status as a Jehovahâ€™s Witness, Prince refuses to swear in his songs or regularly sing those that championed sexual freedom (e.g. â€œDarling Nikkiâ€, â€œLittle Red Corvetteâ€).
17. Aside from Sheilaâ€™s Eâ€™s first album, Princeâ€™s Paisley Park label did not produce any Billboard-charting hits outside Princeâ€™s own.
18. The vocals on gender-bending track â€œIf I Was Your Girlfriendâ€ fromSign O The Times are said to be that of Princeâ€™s female alter-ego, Camille.
19. Warner Brothers sought a return on their investment in Paisley Park, which led to some artists recording there against Princeâ€™s wishes.
20. Actress Kim Basinger in one of Princeâ€™s few non-brunette exes. They broke up in 1990.
21. NBA star Carlos Boozer was Princeâ€™s Los Angeles landlord in 2006 and he later sued The Purple one for painting his symbol on the houseâ€™s exterior and installing monogrammed carpeting.
22. The lawsuit was dismissed when Princeâ€™s lawyers alleged Boozer collected the $70K/month rent with no complaint.
23. Prince married Mayte Garcia in 1996 in Minneapolis. White doves were released after the ceremony. They divorced several years later and Mayte began dating Tommy Lee.
24. Prince and Mayte had a child, Boy Gregory, who, according to the Star Tribune, died a week after birth due to a rare skull defect.
25. Prince dissolved the Revolution in 1986 when he dismissed Wendy & Lisa from the group.Â They had creative differences over the newest non-musician members Prince had invited into the band.
26. Dr. Fink, keyboardist for the Revolution, said during their early years they used to run into Bob Seger on tour, and Prince would ask why he was so popular.
27. The motorcycle Prince rides in Purple Rain is a customized Honda.
28. Spaghetti and orange juice was Princeâ€™s favorite meal during his early years with the Revolution.
29. Prince loved Billy Crystalâ€™s impersonation of him on SNL.
30. In the early â€™80s in Los Angeles, one of Princeâ€™s bodyguards was accused of assault when he allegedly tried to stop a photographer from getting into Princeâ€™s car.
31. That incident happened on the night of the â€œWe Are The Worldâ€ recording.
32. Prince would stay awake for days on end when he was in the studio.
33. Prince said Morris Day criticized him a lot early on. Incidentally, Morris also played Princeâ€™s antagonist in Purple Rain. Some sources say the two had a scuffle at First Avenue.
34. Tevin Campbellâ€™s â€œRound & Roundâ€ hit single was produced by Prince.
35. Princeâ€™s 1990 feature film, Graffiti Bridge, was a box-office and critical flop.
36. To prepare the cast for Purple Rain, Prince enrolled them in classes at Minnesota Dance Theatre.
37. Princeâ€™s second-ever television appearance was on American Bandstand in 1980 at the age of 19. After the performance, Dick Clark said, â€œThis is not the kind of music that comes from Minneapolis, Minnesota.â€
38. Prince is a self-taught musician and producer. His first album, For You, was done completely alone.
39. Prince produced trio Vanity 6, whereas the 6 refers to the breast count.
40. Wendy and Lisaâ€™s only songwriting contribution to any Prince album was â€œComputer Blue.â€
41. In 1984, Prince accomplished something only the Beatles had one before him: He was topping charts simultaneously with an album, a film and a single (Purple Rain and â€œWhen Doves Cry,â€ respectively).
42. Prince started dating singer and Minneapolis native Bria Valente in 2007 (real name Brenda Fuentes), and during their time together she became a Jehovahâ€™s Witness as well.
43. In 1975, Prince was a member of Minneapolis band 94 East.
44. Prince played electric guitar on Madonnaâ€™s â€œLike A Prayer.â€
45. When Apollonia had to kiss Prince in Purple Rain, she was dating David Lee Roth.
46. Prince removed the bassline from â€œWhen Doves Cryâ€ to make it darker and more syncopated.
47. Prince once paid a salon in Washington, D.C., to close down, black out all the windows, and do his hair.
48. Prince was just blocks away from the site of John Lennonâ€™s murder when it happened.
49. The yellow guitar Prince famously played in the â€œGett Offâ€ video is encased at the Smithsonian.
50. Prince named his â€œGraffiti Bridgeâ€ film after a decrepit bridge in a Twin Cities suburb. It has since been torn down.
51. Prince used to hang out at a McDonaldâ€™s on Plymouth Avenue on the North Side, where heâ€™d stand outside and smell the food when he didnâ€™t have money.
52. Princeâ€™s father was not a gun-toting maniac as portrayed in the film Purple Rain. Prince said his father never swore, never drank, and that he always thought his dad was cool.
53. Many of Princeâ€™s early chart-toppers were recorded in a warehouse in Eden Prairie, MN.