Prince often credited his dad for his musical talent, and an album of music from his late father is being released today.
Don’t Play with Love — The John L. Nelson Project debuted today online and in music stores. The seven-song collection of jazz tunes was produced by Prince’s half sister, Sharon L. Nelson, and was recorded at Paisley Park.
John, a piano player, passed away in 2001 at the age of 85. That year, Prince dedicated his cover of the Joni Mitchell song “A Case of U,” which he recorded on his One Nite Alone… album, to his father.
John L. Nelson was born in Louisiana, and in 1948 he moved to Minneapolis, where he began his career under the stage name he used to name his son, Prince Rogers.
Nelson was credited as a songwriter on several Prince songs, including “Computer Blue” from Purple Rain, the title song of Around the World in a Day, the title track of the movie Under the Cherry Moon, and “Scandalous!” from the Batman album.
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