John L Nelson aka Prince Rogers

May 29, 2016

John Lewis Nelson…also known as “Prince Rogers”…was an American jazz musician…

He was the father of musician “Prince” and a credited co-writer of some of his songs….


Nelson was born on June 29th of 1916 in Louisiana and traveled to Minneapolis to become a musician in 1948….Playing the piano…he used Prince Rogers as a stage name and started The Prince Rogers Trio with local musicians…


In 1956…he met Mattie Della Shaw at a show on the north side of Minneapolis…Shaw was an aspiring jazz musician who became the musical group's singer…Nelson married Shaw and the couple had two more children…musician Prince…who was named after his father's stage name and daughter Tika Evene…usually known as Tyka…


Nelson died on August 25th of 2001 at 85 in his home in Chanhassen, Minnesota…

That year Prince dedicated Joni Mitchell's song "A Case of U" on his One Nite Alone... album to his father….


John L. Nelson wrote or co-wrote some musicwhich was released by Prince in the 1980s…


ASCAP credits...or co-credits...


him with the following:

  • "Father's Song" and "Purple Rain Cues", from the film , 1984

  • "Computer Blue" from the  album and film, 1984

  • "Around the World in a Day" (composed with David Coleman and Prince) and "The Ladder" (composed with Prince), from the album , 1985

  • "Christopher Tracy's Parade" (composed with Prince) and "Under the Cherry Moon" (composed with Prince) from the album , 1986

  • "Under the Cherry Moon Cues" from the film , 1986

  • "Scandalous!" from the  album and film, 1989

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