behindthegrooves:

On this day in music history: May 16, 1984 - “When Doves Cry” by Prince is released. Written and produced by Prince, the song is the first single from the film and soundtrack album for “Purple Rain”. The final song completed for the film, it is one of three songs Prince writes overnight when director Albert Magnoli requests an additional song to underscore a particular scene. Prince will enter Sunset Sound Recorders in Hollywood, recording and mixing the song in 36 hours. During the mixing stage, Prince will come up with the idea of removing the bass line from the already spare track. Warner Bros. will initially be hesitant to the release the song, but the artist will insist that it be issued as is. The record will be an instant smash and the fastest selling single in the history of the label, selling over a million copies in its first five days of release. Part of the first press run of 45’s will be pressed on purple vinyl. “When Doves Cry” will hit #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart on June 30th (spending 8 weeks at the top) and top the Hot 100 (spending 5 weeks at the top) on July 7th, selling over 3 million copies in the US alone and will be ranked the top single of 1984. 

May 17, 2012 at 0:41 / via: behindthegrooves

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    “When Doves Cry” by Prince
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  6. ladyfabulous reblogged this from glossylalia and added:
    One of my most favourite songs EVER.
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    Prince hates basslines, yet I can’t hate him. BAMF
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    Prince forever.
  16. beautifulbitchesandclasslessmen reblogged this from womanistgamergirl and added:
    i was raised on Prince, i’ll always love him
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    Honestly, sometimes this is my favourite song
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    you beautiful man you
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