Prince Passes Away Age 57

The rock superstar Prince has died at the age of 57. He passed away on Thursday at his home in Minneapolis. His death comes a week after his plane made an emergency landing to take the singer to hospital. Reports were that he had dehydration and the flu. His death has shocked the entertainment world. Many celebrities have been sharing their thoughts about him on social media. Madonna wrote: “He changed the world. A true visionary. What a loss. I’m devastated.” President Barack Obama called him, “one of the most gifted and prolific musicians of our time”. He added that: “Prince did it all. Funk, R&B, rock and roll. He was a virtuoso instrumentalist, a brilliant bandleader, and an electrifying performer.”

Prince was the son of a jazz pianist. His real name was Prince Rogers Nelson. His father said: “I named my son Prince because I wanted him to do everything I wanted to do.” He burst onto the music scene in the late seventies. His singing, songwriting, guitar playing, on-stage performances and producing changed the music world over the next four decades. The Washington Post called him, “one of the most popular, inventive and influential recording artists of his generation”. The music icon sold over 100 million records. He is perhaps best known for his 1984 album ‘Purple Rain’. The music magazine ‘Rolling Stone’ ranked Prince at number 27 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

QUESTIONS

1. TRUE / FALSE:Read the headline. Guess if  a-h  below are true (T) or false (F).

a. The singer Prince died at his home on Thursday. T / F
b. Prince was taken to hospital last week with a suspected heart attack. T / F
c. The former soccer player Maradona called Prince a “true visionary”. T / F
d. Barack Obama said Prince was a brilliant bandleader. T / F
e. ‘Prince’ was not the singer’s real name. T / F
f. Prince first became known in the music world at the end of the 1970s. T / F
g. Prince sold over 200 million records. T / F
h. ‘Rolling Stone’ put Prince at 27 on its all-time greatest artists list. T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH:Match the following synonyms from the article.

1. passed away a. passing
2. death b. talented
3. shocked c. exploded
4. gifted d. most famous
5. performer e. died
6. named f. idol
7. burst g. stunned
8. inventive h. called
9. icon i. artist
10. best known j. creative

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

1. He passed a. entertainment world
2. his plane made an emergency b. seventies
3. His death has shocked the c. performer
4. one of the most gifted and d. music scene
5. an electrifying e. landing
6. Prince was the son of a jazz f. away on Thursday
7. He burst onto the g. four decades
8. in the late h. prolific musicians
9. over the next i. number 27 on its list
10. ‘Rolling Stone’ ranked Prince at j. pianist

GAP FILL

The rock superstar Prince has died at the (1) ____________ of 57. He passed away on Thursday at his home in Minneapolis. His (2) ____________ comes a week after his plane made an emergency (3) ____________ to take the singer to hospital. Reports were that he had dehydration and the flu. His death has (4) ____________ the entertainment world. Many celebrities have been sharing their thoughts about him on social (5) ___________. Madonna wrote: “He changed the world. A true visionary. What a (6) ____________. I’m devastated.” President Barack Obama called him, “one of the most gifted and (7) ____________ musicians of our time”. He added that: “Prince did it all. Funk, R&B, rock and roll. He was a virtuoso instrumentalist, a (8) ____________ bandleader, and an electrifying performer.”

 

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Prince was the son of a jazz (9) ____________. His real name was Prince Rogers Nelson. His father said: “I (10) ____________ my son Prince because I wanted him to do everything I wanted to do.” He burst onto the music (11) ____________ in the late seventies. His singing, songwriting, guitar playing, on-stage performances and producing changed the music world over the next four (12) ____________. The Washington Post called him, “one of the most popular, inventive and influential recording (13) ____________ of his generation”. The music (14) ____________ sold over 100 million records. He is perhaps best known for his 1984 (15) ____________ ‘Purple Rain’. The music magazine ‘Rolling Stone’ ranked Prince at number 27 on its (16) ____________ of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. scene
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