As part of our ongoing Long Play series, we’re playing selections from Prince and The Revolution’s landmark 1984 album Purple Rain throughout the broadcast at opbmusic all day - Friday, April 22. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN LIVE.

Prince and The Revolution's 1984 release Purple Rain

Prince and The Revolution’s 1984 release Purple Rain

Few people can get away with going by a single name. It requires a level of status and recognition rarely attained by mere mortals. Prince Rogers Nelson did that and more. The Minnesota-based artist, who shot to fame in the late 1970s as the singularly-named Prince, actually billed himself as an unpronounceable symbol for a period in the 1990s. And folks just rolled with it. That’s how important he was in American pop culture.

Prince passed away at his home in Minnesota today at the age of 57. No cause of death has yet been revealed, but the news is both sudden and shocking for fans of the musician that the The New York Times said was, despite his many eccentricities and generation-spanning career, “admired well-nigh universally.”

Our favorite Prince release was the 1984 soundtrack to the film Purple Rain (that also starred Prince). It’s probably the album that encapsulates his sound the best. Funk-influenced rhythms meet soaring rock guitar and pop hooks up and down the spine of the record, that includes incredibly influential and popular Prince tracks like the album’s eponymous song “Purple Rain,” “When Doves Cry,” and “Take Me With U.”

Tune in to the broadcast at opbmusic on Friday, April 22, as we celebrate the legacy of Prince by playing songs from this fantastic album.