Seven-time Grammy Award winner Prince recently passed away. Adored across the board by fans, fellow musicians, and critics alike, Prince was what some have even called the “Mozart of pop music.”
His forays into avant garde jazz notwithstanding, Prince knew how craft a pop hook. And one of the best hooks he ever wrote was the eponymous opening line in the 1982 hit “Little Red Corvette.” Hear that tune, and you’d be humming that line for days.
To honor the artist, Chevrolet placed a full-page ad in six major newspapers across the country. The Chevy ad honoring Prince was simple, just the rear view of a red split-window Corvette and the text, “Baby, That Was Much Too Fast/ 1958-2016,” dates commemorating Prince’s life.
Of course, “Little Red Corvette” isn’t the only time a Chevrolet has been referenced in a song. Don McLean drove his Chevy to the levee in “American Pie.” Motley Crue traded their ‘65 Chevy for illegal drugs in the song “Dr. Feelgood.” In “Crocodile Rock,” Elton John reminisces about the good ol’ days when “rock was young” and he had an “Old Gold Chevy.” But, perhaps in no other song does a Chevrolet figure so prominently as in “Little Red Corvette.”