#TBT: Prince and The Revolution – “Purple Rain”


Prince Rogers Nelson, known by his mononym Prince, is a singer, songwriter, composer, music arranger, record producer, multi-instrumentalist, actor and dancer. Basically, there’s nothing that Prince does not do in terms of music and entertainment – he is a living legend !

In his 38-year career as a musician, Prince has left no stone unturned in terms of musical genres. His music contains influences of R&B, Rock, Funk, Pop and New Wave and he plays over ten musical instruments.

He has released over thirty albums in his career, his most successful record being Purple Rain featuring his band, The Revolution.

Purple Rain was released in 1984 as the soundtrack album to the film of the same name. It featured massive records like ‘When Doves Cry’ and ‘Let’s Go Crazy’ which reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the title track which reached #2 on the same chart.

The album sold 1.5 million units in its debut week, over 13 million units in total in the USA alone and spent 24 consecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard Album Chart. It also went on to win two Grammys and an Academy Award for Best Original Score.


It is with no doubt the album that really made Prince into an icon and is credited as the album which helped Prince dethrone Michael Jackson as the King of the 80’s. By the end of that decade he had recorded 28 Top 20 singles and released five #1 albums.

38 years into his career, Prince is still one of the best musicians, most legendary and famous artists of all time yet he still keeps that mystique which keeps the world hanging on his every word and move.

Watch the original music video of ‘When Doves Cry’ and get into the live performance of ‘Purple Rain’ with Beyoncé at the Grammys in 2004.

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