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As seen in Toronto:
The summer of 1984 was all about Prince, with his first film and the lead single from the soundtrack of Purple Rain dominating the airwaves: When Doves Cry.
Prince was asked by the Purple Rain’s director Albert Magnoli to write a song about the problems of dealing with parents and a love affair.
Prince wrote When Doves Cry, apparently inspired by his relationship with his parents and with his friendship with Susan Moonsie of Vanity 6.
All songs on Purple Rain were written and composed by Prince; with When Doves Cry, all the instruments are played by Prince, and recorded at Sunset Studio in Los Angeles.
The song was released on May 16, 1984 by Warner Bros, two months after it was recorded for the soundtrack album, and a month before the album release in June. This marked Prince’s sixth studio album, but the first he recorded with The Revolution.
At the album release, a music video debuted, showing Prince emerging from a bathtub with doves, and performing the song interspersed with scenes from Purple Rain.
The song quickly climbed the Billboard Hot 100, hitting number one on July 7, 1984 and staying at the top of the charts for five weeks.
When Doves Cry was Prince’s first number one single and the top selling single of the year, with sales of two million by the end of 1984 in the United States. And because of some of its controversial lyrics, the album was stickered with a warning from the Parents Music Resource Center.
Prince was nominated for four Grammys in 1985, winning Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Group or Duo with Vocal and Best Score Soundtrack with Visual, as well as Best R&B Song for Chaka Khan’s cover of I Feel For You, not capturing the Album of the Year.
When Doves Cry was chosen as one of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time by Rolling Stone Magazine and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.
And after Prince died in 2016, the song re-entered the Billboard charts at number 20 and climbed to number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100.
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One of the classics of disco was born in 1974 thanks to another band: Rock Your Baby by George McCrae.
Written and produced by Harry Wayne Casey and Richard Finch of KC and the Sunshine Band, the song was not originally intended for McCrae, but the duo wanted a falsetto on the track.
McCrae’s wife was going to be the vocalist, but since she was late, and McCrae could sing falsetto, he recorded the song.
Recorded in 45 minutes, Casey and Finch asked KC and the Sunshine Band guitarist Jerome Smith to play on the song, which was one of the first songs to showcase a drum machine.
The single was released in Spring 1974 on TK Records and became of the first disco hits, hitting number one in July 1974 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Rock Your Baby became a hit in many countries, hitting number one in Canada, UK, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Austria, Belgium, New Zealand, Italy, Germany and The Netherlands.
Named by Rolling Stone Magazine as the number one song of the year for 1974, in 1975 McCrae was nominated as the Male R&B Vocalist of the Year at The Grammys.
Selling over 11 million copies, Rock Your Baby became one of the classics of disco, featured on many compilations and playlists, and yet the only hit by McCrae.
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Going for broke with her first album, singer Martika hit number one with her song Toy Soldiers.
An actor and singer, Marta Marrero aka Martika had made her mark in the role of Annie before becoming of the cast of Disney Channel’s Kids Incorporated as the character of Gloria from 1984-1986.
Signed to Columbia Records, at age 19 Martika decided to record her first album in 1988 and although had little experience, wrote the song Toy Soldiers about a close friend who was battling drug addiction.
Working with producer Michael Jay, Toy Soldiers was the second single from the self-titled album, released in January 1989, after the single More Than You Know. Fellow actors from Kids Incorporated added their voices as back-up singers to the song’s recording.
Six months after release the song hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in July 1989, staying at the top spot for two weeks. Meanwhile, the album was re-recorded in Spanish and released to the Latin market too.
The single was certified gold and hit the top 10 in the UK, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. But the song proved to be her only number one hit, with More Than You Know and I Feel the Earth Move, the other singles from the album getting into the Top 40 of the Billboard charts.