Prince’s grieving older half-brother Alfred Jackson spoke out on Thursday about his memories of the music icon following his untimely death last week.
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Jackson shared his emotions with Entertainment Tonight:
“I miss my brother, because my brother was everything in the world to me. God bless Prince, God bless the world. He’s a legend, he really is.”
Jackson told ET that 15 years have passed since he spoke to Prince. He said his famous brother was always traveling and performing: “I always saw him on television, read the magazines, and said, ‘There’s my brother, Prince.’ I was so happy he was making it for himself, I really was.”
The two brothers have the same mother. Jackson recalled their visits to Prince’s Paisley Park, Minnesota mansion, where the artist was found unresponsive on Thursday of last week. His cause of death at this time in unknown, however the DEA has joined the investigation to determine whether drugs were involved.
“My mother liked looking at his records on the wall—she wishes she had that many herself,” Jackson joked.
Prince’s father, John L. Nelson, and mother, Mattie Della Shaw, were also musicians. Prince’s mother performed as a jazz singer in his father’s band.
Jackson told ET Prince was a gifted musician since childhood. He recalled playing a piece of music on a piano and his younger brother replaying the same song, exactly as he heard it—but improving on his elder brother’s version.
“He was a genius. Wherever he heard music, he could copy it just like that—like he had a photographic memory or something,” he told ET.
Jackson could inherit part of his famous brother’s estate, according to the site. The singer and producer failed to leave a will. Jackson’s lawyer told ET the two of them would be part of a meeting to discuss how Prince’s estate will be divided.
One of Jackson’s fondest memories growing up is teaching his kid brother how to play basketball. He said they would improvise by shooting balled-up paper into a trashcan.
17 Artists You Probably Didn't Know Were Influenced By Prince
1. Maroon 5 has covered Prince's "Purple Rain"Source:Getty 1 of 17
2. The Weeknd has always said that Prince has been a huge influence on their vocal soundSource:Getty 2 of 17
3. Prince can be found in Pharrell's unique musical styleSource:Getty 3 of 17
4. Bruno Mars has called Prince one of his heroes and has paid tribute to The Purple One a number of timesSource:Getty 4 of 17
5. Usher has said in many interviews that he is influenced by PrinceSource:Getty 5 of 17
6. Janelle Monáe, known for her unique style, teamed up with Prince on the song “Given Em What They Love"Source:Getty 6 of 17
7. Andre 3000's style and showmanship is undeniably influenced by PrinceSource:Getty 7 of 17
8. Justin Timberlake, influenced by many legends, wrote a touching tribute to The Purple One on InstagramSource:Getty 8 of 17
9. Prince is an obvious influence on Miguel who is often called this generation's PrinceSource:Getty 9 of 17
10. Frank Ocean wrote a Tumblr post speaking to why he is a true Prince fanboySource:Getty 10 of 17
11. Soul crooner D'Angelo has covered Prince's “She's Always in My Hair”Source:Getty 11 of 17
12. Alicia Keys not only has been influenced by Prince but she also covered "How Come You Don't Call Me"Source:Getty 12 of 17
13. Performer extraordinaire Beyonce has obvious influences on her stage presence from The Purple OneSource:Getty 13 of 17
14. St. Vincent has openly discussed how Prince influenced her debut album.Source:Getty 14 of 17
15. One-of-a-kind songstress Lady Gaga has said Prince influenced her greatly on her 'Born This Way' albumSource:Getty 15 of 17
16. Beck has covered Prince songs many times and has credited him as an influence. Plus, Beck can play over 12 instruments...sound familiar?Source:Getty 16 of 17
17. Lenny's musicianship is undenied, just like influencer Prince. Lenny and Prince have even performed together in a battle of the guitars: https://youtu.be/RC34ZcDiCagSource:Getty 17 of 17
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