It's hard to not be a fan of Prince's Purple Rain. Released on June 25, 1984 the record featured infectious singles like "When Doves Cry" and "Let's Go Crazy" which led to worldwide success and cemented Prince as one of the premier pop music icons of the 1980's. Purple Rain sold 1.5 million copies shortly after release then reached number one a month later. To date it's one of the best selling albums of all time and has sold 25 million copies. Prince was a pretty decent guitar player to boot.
The album was actually the sixth studio album from Prince, but the first to feature the name Revolution for his backing band. Kind of like a rock opera, the album was also a soundtrack to a movie of the same name and won a Grammy award and an Oscar for Best Original Song Score in 1985. In 2012, the Library of Congress's National Recording Registry added Purple Rain to its list of sound recordings that "are culturally, historically, or aesthetically important".
Ready to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Purple Rain, the National Museum of American History is having a party that should be a blast if you can attend. Located at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20560 the party takes place on Monday, July 22, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Tickets are $35.
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