When Doves Cry – Prince

THIS DAY IN MUSIC………………………………………..on July 8th of 1984 Prince finds himself sitting at the #1 position on Billboard with his single release “When Doves Cry”. Prince wrote this song for his movie Purple Rain.The film is semi-autobiographical, but how much is based on real life remains a mystery, as Prince rarely gave interviews and didn’t talk about his personal life. In the movie, the song expresses his fear of becoming like his parents. When the doves cry, that’s his musical refuge – the barrage of keyboards in the chorus represents the doves crying. Besides writing and composing the track, Prince played all the instruments on the song.There is no bass on this song. Prince took out the bass track at the last minute to get a different sound, though he hated to see it go. In the US, this was the #1 song of 1984. It topped the charts for five weeks over the summer, and kept Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing In The Dark” at #2, preventing The Boss from ever having a #1 hit. Remarkably, this is the only song with a kind of bird in the title to reach #1 on the Hot 100. “Rockin’ Robin” – both the Bobby Day original and Michael Jackson cover – stalled at #2. “Fly Like An Eagle” by the Steve Miller Band also topped out at #2. The novelty song “Disco Duck” by Rick Dees & His Cast of Idiots hit #1 in 1976, but “duck” does not refer to a specific species. Although there is no bass in this song and the percussion part is played entirely by drum machine, Prince’s drummer and bassist from his band The Revolution still appear in the video, playing along (silently) on their instruments. The song peaked at #4 in the UK.