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Pianist John Nelson Dies at 85

John Nelson, a jazz pianist whose main contribution to the musical world was fathering and collaborating with his son Prince, died at the age of 85 on Aug. 25 in Chanhassen, Minn. The cause of the death was not reported.

In 1956, Nelson came to Minneapolis from Louisiana. He worked days as a plaster molder at Honeywell; during nights he played piano and led the Prince Rogers Trio, whose singer was Mattie Shaw. Nelson and Shaw later married, and named their first child Prince Rogers Nelson. The son would become famous after he shed the last two names.

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