Who recorded the song "Purple Rain"?
Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016) was an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, actor, and director. He is known for his flamboyant and androgynous persona, eclectic work, and wide vocal range, which included a far-reaching falsetto and high-pitched screams. Prince's music incorporated a wide variety of styles, including funk, R&B, rock, new wave, soul, synth-pop, pop, jazz, and hip hop. He often played most or all instruments on his recordings.
"Purple Rain" was the sixth studio album and a single recording by Prince, released on June 25, 1984, by "Warner Bros. Records". The "soundtrack" to the 1984 "film of the same name", is the first album where his band "The Revolution" is billed. "Purple Rain" was musically denser than Prince's previous albums, emphasizing full-band performances, and multiple layers of guitars, keyboards, electronic synthesizer effects, drum machines, and other instruments.
"Purple Rain" reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and stayed there for two weeks, being kept off the top spot by "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" by Wham! It reached No. 1 in Belgium and the Netherlands.
"Purple Rain" is also ranked at No. 144 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and is included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.