Purple Rain” is a song by Prince and The Revolution. It is the title track from the 1984 album of the same name, which in turn is the soundtrack album for the 1984 film of the same name, and was released as the third prince purple rain sheet music pdf from that album.
B, gospel, and orchestral music. It reached number 2 in the United States for two weeks, behind “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” by Wham!
It was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America in 1984, shipping one million units in the United States, and was certified silver by the British Phonographic Industry in 2013. It also re-entered the UK Singles Chart at number 6, making it two places higher than its original peak of number 8. Originally peaking at number 12 in France, “Purple Rain” reached number one on the national singles chart.
As of April 30, 2016, it has sold 1,186,215 copies in the United States. The song was recorded during a benefit concert for the Minnesota Dance Theatre at the First Avenue nightclub in Minneapolis on August 3, 1983. The performance was guitarist Wendy Melvoin’s live debut with The Revolution, at the age of 19. City Pages described the 70-minute performance as Prince’s “sweatiest and most soulful hometown concert yet”, and drummer Bobby Z stated, “it certainly was one of the best concerts we ever did”.
David Z’s connection to Prince is deeper than most professional relationships. David’s older brother, Cliff Rifkin was the regional promotion executive for Warners in Minneapolis, who also expedited Prince’s label signing. David Z’s younger brother, Bobby Z, would then become Prince’s drummer in the Revolution. David Z wasn’t surprised when he was requested to set up the live recording in August 3, 1983, “With Prince, you never knew, ” he says.
I thought we were recording a concert, but I wasn’t sure if it was going to be a record, too. I knew they were working on the movie as, as well. You just had to go in prepared to record whatever it was going to be as well as you could. The basic tracks for three songs were used on the Purple Rain soundtrack: “Purple Rain”, “I Would Die 4 U”, and “Baby I’m a Star”.
A solo and verse from the original recording were edited out and replaced with a different verse, changing the length from eleven to eight minutes. The extra verse was about money, but was removed because it diluted the emotional impact of the song.