History of the song "When Doves Cry" (1984)
On April 21, 2016, one of the most influential American musicians, better known as Prince, died. His body was found in his own mansion in Minnesota. For 38 years of creative activity, the artist has released 36 full-length discs, and also won such prestigious awards as Grammy, Oscar and Golden Globe! In 2005, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Prince Rogers Nelson has been a sought-after songwriter for many years... The legendary jazz musician Miles Davis once said:
“My dream is to work with this guy, because he is the most promising artist of our time ... Prince is the new Duke Ellington!”
Prince Rogers Nelson will forever remain in the minds of listeners as the main personification of the carefree 1980s. When Doves Cry is one of his greatest works, the history of which we invite you to remember!
How the song was recorded
Prince composed this composition especially for the movie "Purple Rain". Curiously, the song called "When the Doves Cry" was written at the very last turn ... The work on the picture was almost completed, and the soundtrack was almost ready for publication in the form of a studio album. The artist decided to release this unusual thing without the bass part as the main single, and, as time has shown, he made the right decision!
In many ways, When Doves Cry owes its birth to director Albert Magnoli. It was at his request that Prince wrote a song about the difficulties of communicating with the parents of two heroes in love ... As the author of the hit himself later said, Susan Munsi, a member of the Vanity 6 group, and the then lady of Prince's heart, served as a source of inspiration for him.
Initially, the bass part was present in the track. Moreover, Prince personally played all the musical instruments that were used in the recording! But... at the very last moment, he decided to remove this part in order to achieve a more effective sound... And he succeeded.
When Doves Cry was also created by sound engineer Peggy McCreary, who later recalled:
“He took out the bass part and said, ‘No one would have the guts to do that! And he was pleased with himself! Prince smiled with all his thirty-two teeth ... He knew that he was doing what was best. I think he saw the song as a hit from the very beginning... That's why he decided to do something bold, extravagant... That was the whole Prince!
According to the maestro himself, such a unique decision was given to him with great difficulty ...
“You know, sometimes there comes a moment, and your mind seems to be divided into two halves ... On the one hand, your ego, on the other, something completely different ... And you know what? You have to follow the lead of what you think is the truth ... "
However, as for the process of recording the track, according to Peggy McCreery, it turned out to be much more difficult and even exhausting:
“Over and over again, he drove this song with only piano and vocals ... Sometimes he took up drums, and then bass ... Just so you understand - in the same studio with Prince, you have to be ready to do everything that comes into his head! Everything was very spontaneous, with notes of madness ... But when you work around the clock, you can hardly manage to stay involved in the process ... Sometimes Prince specially went home so that I could rest and get some sleep ... It was touching!
In the end, the hard work paid off! When Doves Cry was released in May 1984 as the first single from 17 Days! The track instantly became a hit in dozens of countries around the world, winning the first line of the popular Billboard Hot 100!
As for the music video, the MTV Video Music Awards nominated video is the work of Prince himself! The artist creatively approached the work, using frames from the movie "Purple Rain" in it. It turned out worthy, in the style of the legendary Prince ...