Purple Rain (song)
|Prince and The Revolution|
|publication||September 10, 1984 (UK)
September 26, 1984 (US)
|Genre (s)||Ballad , rock music|
|Author (s)||Prince and The Revolution|
|Award (s)||Grammy Award 1985|
Purple Rain is a song by the American musician Prince , released in 1984 , which he wrote , composed , arranged and produced . The piece was released on September 10, 1984 as the third single from his album Purple Rain . Prince recorded the song with his then backing band The Revolution . Moreover, it is Purple Rain in the eponymous film to hear.
The song was Prince's first top ten single hit in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Purple Rain achieved platinum status in England for 600,000 copies sold and gold status in the United States for one million singles sold.
Prince recorded Purple Rain on August 3, 1983. At that time he played a 70-minute benefit concert with his backing band The Revolution for the Minnesota Dance Theater at the First Avenue music club in Minneapolis . This concert, at which Prince played the songs Let's Go Crazy , Computer Blue , I Would Die 4 U and Baby I'm a Star , which were also unreleased at the time , was recorded by the sound engineers David Leonard and David Z. Rivkin. Guitarist Wendy Melvoin made her debut in Prince's backing band The Revolution at this concert. The live version of the then unreleased song Purple Rain lasted 13 minutes.
Purple Rain was released on September 10, 1984 in Great Britain (USA: September 26, 1984) as the third single from the album Purple Rain . The song was released in a shortened single-edit version with a length of 4:04 minutes. The B-side with the song God was previously unreleased. The music video for Purple Rain was taken from the film of the same name and shows Prince performing the song on stage at the First Avenue music club .
Purple Rain can also be found on the Prince compilations The Hits / The B-Sides (1993), The Very Best of Prince (2001), Ultimate (2006) and 4Ever (2016). The song is also featured on the album Purple Rain Deluxe (2017). In September 2018, a 90-second acoustic version of the album Piano & A Microphone 1983 was released, which Prince recorded in October 1983 and only plays on the piano . The original version of Purple Rain differs significantly from the acoustic version.
On the occasion of an election campaign event in October 2019, the President of the United States, Donald Trump , played the song Purple Rain , which he had also done the previous year. Even at that time was The Prince Estate (dt .: The Princeton discount ) leave this but prohibit writing and said in a new opinion with, man "is President Trump never grant permission for the songs of Prince to use".
Chart positions since 1984
US: December 5, 1984:
gold Gold (1,000,000+)
UK: January 25, 2019:platinum Platinum (600,000+)
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|All in all||5
- ASCAP Pop Awards
- 1986: Prince as composer for the song Purple Rain
- 1985: Best Rock Performance by a Duo or a Group with Vocal: Purple Rain by Prince and The Revolution
- 2001: 365 best of the 20th century: 147th place for Purple Rain
- Rolling Stone (US edition)
- 2008: 100 best guitar songs of all time: 19th place for Purple Rain
- 2011: 500 best songs of all time : 144th place for Purple Rain
Cover versions (selection)
Various musicians from the most varied of genres published cover versions of Purple Rain on phonograms ; for example there are versions of:
- 1985: London Symphony Orchestra
- 1986: Chris Hunter
- 1987: Rumble on the Beach
- 1990: The Flying Pickets
- 1992: Kenwood Dennard
- 1992: The Hollies
- 1994: OKra All-Stars
- 1994: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
- 1995: Jeff Scott Soto
- 1995: Randy Crawford
- 1995: Teddybears Sthlm
- 1998: LeAnn Rimes
- 1998: Lucky Peterson
- 1998: Stina Nordenstam
- 1998: The Ukrainians
- 1998: The Waterboys
- 2001: Neil Zaza
- 2001: Solomon Burke
- 2002: Billy Paul
- 2002: Phish
- 2003: Bob Belden with Holly Cole
- 2004: Alkbottle
- 2006: Etta James
- 2009: Elkie Brooks
- 2010: Aynsley Lister
- 2012: David Helbock
- 2012: Pamela Falcon & Percival
- 2016: Dwight Yoakam
- 2016: Jordan Rudess
- 2017: David Garrett
- 2017: London Grammar
- 2018: Helmut Lotti
- 2019: IndigoJazzLounge, Sebastian Gahler , Nico Brandenburg , Aniko Kanthak
- 2019: Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox feat. Miche Braden
- Jon Ewing: Prince - CD Books. Carlton Books, Rastatt 1994, ISBN 3-8118-3986-1 , OCLC 75552811 .
- Alex Hahn: Obsessed - Prince's turbulent life. Hannibal, Höfen 2006, ISBN 3-85445-262-4 , OCLC 163398818 .
- Per Nilsen: DanceMusicSexRomance - Prince: The First Decade. Firefly Publishing, London 1999, ISBN 0-946719-23-3 , OCLC 40610683 .
- Uptown: The Vault - The Definitive Guide to the Musical World of Prince. Nilsen Publishing, Linköping 2004, ISBN 91-631-5482-X , OCLC 186521364 .
- Princevault , information on the song Purple Rain
- ^ Purple Rain. In: Princevault.com. February 27, 2016, accessed March 16, 2017 .
- ^ Uptown (2004), p. 52.
- ↑ Nilsen (1999), p. 279.
- ↑ Uptown (2004), p. 45.
- ↑ Uptown (2004), p. 623.
- ↑ Fabian Aebischer: Trump lets Prince song play without permission when performing. In: nau.ch. October 11, 2019, accessed October 12, 2019 .
- ↑ Chart sources: DE AT CH UK US
- ^ Uptown (2004), p. 52.
- ↑ Uptown (2004), p. 69.
- ^ Uptown (2004), p. 57.
- ^ Songs of the Century (2001). Archived from the original on May 2, 2014 ; accessed on March 16, 2017 (English).
- ↑ Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Guitar Songs Of All Time (2008). In: Rocklistmusic.co.uk. June 2008, accessed on March 16, 2017 (English, right side of the picture, scroll down).
- ↑ Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. In: Rollingstone.com. April 7, 2011, accessed March 16, 2017 .
- ↑ Discover the Original. In: Coverinfo.de. 2017, accessed on March 16, 2017 ( Enter Prince in "Search" ).
- ↑ SecondHandSongs. 2017, accessed on March 16, 2017 .
- ↑ Covers of Prince Purple Rain on WhoSampled