“Purple Rain” The Movie: 28 Years Later

Purple Rain Premiere Ticket/Envelope.  Image Provided By Drfunkenberry

This weekend marks the 28th Anniversary of "Purple Rain" the movie. Within a week of its release, it would be number 1 at the box office, joining "When Doves Cry" as the number 1 single, and the "Purple Rain" soundtrack as the number 1 album on Billboard. Prince was the first artist to ever to hold all 3 at the same time.

It was Prince's 6th CD, the official debut of his group The Revolution and most importantly, his major motion picture debut. The summer of 1984 belonged to Prince. My favorite song (along with hundreds of others) by Prince was dominating my stereo. When Doves Cry got worn out on my record player. I had to replace the cassette copy of the entire album every 2 months. I killed it.

This movie had several stories going on, and it succeed, unlike "Rock Of Ages" earlier this year.. From the performances with the Revolution and The Time and Apolllonia 6, no rock/music movie has ever matched up to Purple Rain since it's release. EVER!

I just wanted to honor Prince and those that made the movie and the music so special to me and millions of others.

So Prince, Albert Magnoli, William Blinn, Susan Rogers, Apollonia Kotero, Morris Day, Jerome Benton, Billy Sparks, Jill Jones, Charles "Big Chick" Huntsberry, Dez Dickerson, Prince, Brenda Bennett, Susan Moonsie, Alan Leeds, Israel Gordon, Wendy Melvoin, Lisa Coleman, Brown Mark, Jellybean Johnson, Mark Cardenas, Gerald E, Hubbard Jr., Paul Peterson, Jesse Johnson, 1st Avenue, The People Of Minneapolis and Prince, thank you. Thank you so much.

There are a few photos I took of some personal items that have ended up in my possession over the past few years. Some you may have seen before. I felt on this anniversary, I would pull them out for you. Much Love always.-Dr.FB


PRINCE & The Revolution’s “Purple Rain” Get Grammy Induction + My Thoughts

Purple Rain Original Movie Poster

Purple Rain Original Movie Poster

We woke up this morning with an email from the Grammy Board letting us know that the classic "Purple Rain" will be inducted in the Grammy Hall Of Fame.

Album's are only eligible after 25 years of release and to be honest, with the other albums nominated, Prince and the Revolution's "Purple Rain" is the young pup.

With such stellar material, from the opening organ of "Let's Go Crazy" to the duet of "Take Me With U" to the feelings and emotions of "The Beautiful Ones", those 3 tracks alone would have made this a top 10 album of all time.  But why stop there?

The raw funk of "Computer Blue" to the nastiness of "Darling Nikki" which helped create the PARENTAL ADVISORY label on records and increase sales of every act by doing so.  Then came the track that stood out like Sofia Vergara in a tight dress; "When Doves Cry" the song that to that point would be Prince's crowning achievement.   "When Doves Cry" is what makes a Prince song Prince's...and no one else's!

Then he takes it up a notch and throws a dance party in our honor.  "I Would Die 4 U" and who would disagree that he wouldn't?  "Baby, I'm A Star" is an artist who knew he was about to hit the big time and no one would forget how bright his star would shine. 

Then, the title track.  "Purple Rain" a song so good, it needed a movie named after it.  There are 2 things the industry got wrong in the 80's; "Purple Rain" only making it to #2 on the Billboard singles charts and Rolling Stone making "Purple Rain" only the 2nd greatest album of the 80's, giving the title of #1 to "London Calling" by The Clash.  Is it too late for a recount now?

Aside from me wearing out 3 copies of "Purple Rain" on cassette the first summer I ever discovered it, this is more than just a movie soundtrack; this album, and Prince's music itself, is a soundtrack to people's lives.  The body of work that Prince along with the Revolution and others he has worked with is beyond compare. 

Quite simply, no one can touch Prince.  No one can touch Purple Rain.  You could line up the best producers of the past 25 years and they couldn't touch it.

I want to thank Dr. Fink, Brownmark, Bobby Z., Wendy Melvoin & Lisa Coleman for getting me through some times in life where all I had to turn to was your music, your sound.  Words could not express what it means so please just take my thank you and know that there is so much more behind it.

To Prince, thank you.  Thank you so much.  Thank you for the music.  Thank you for the drive you had inside yourself to create something so amazing, so funky, so full of emotion and feeling, that it has moved generations.  Despite what people think, we don't know each other on any level, only on the professional sense, but your music has been a friend when in need, and sometimes, it's better that way.  No taking, just always giving. 

 Again, I thank you Prince Rogers Nelson for giving us your gift of your music and "Purple Rain" and I congratulate you on another award that you so deserve.

Much Love and kick some tail for me this month in Jersey and New York.-Dr.FB


Wendy & Lisa Performing Tonight In Los Angeles

Wendy Melvoin Performing Earlier This Year.  Photo: Marie Randall
Wendy Melvoin Performing Earlier This Year.  Photo: Marie Randall

Wendy Melvoin Performing Earlier This Year. Photo: Marie Randall

2 of the most talented musicians in the world are performing an intimate set at the Largo in Los Angeles tonight.

Wendy Melvoin & Lisa Coleman, Wendy & Lisa will be performing songs from their catalog and music from the score of "Hereos" which they do as well.

I have seen Wendy & Lisa several times over the years and it is enjoyable. Lisa cracks these jokes and Wendy's expressions and storytelling is just great and makes my ears poke up.  John Mayer & Eric Clapton even joined them with Doyle Bramhall II at a show before on stage.

I wanted to promote this on Thursday but I felt with what was going on, it wasn't a good idea. So if you are wanting to get out and take a break from what is going on, Wendy & Lisa would be perfect.

They are also doing a meet up with fans after the show, so if you want something signed, they are more than happy and appreciative to do so.-Dr.FB

For tickets, call the Largo Box Office, 310-855-0350

Lisa Coleman Performing Earlier This Year.  Photo: Marie Randall

Lisa Coleman Performing Earlier This Year. Photo: Marie Randall


Nikka Costa Responds About Missing Heroes Benefit

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Straight up, Nikka Costa is a class act

We went to the Heroes For Autism show on Sunday and had a great time. We couldn't understand why the baddest white chick on the planet Nikka Costa wasn't there or Sheryl Crow.

It was the question of the night and I posted on here about it. Well Nikka saw it and hit us up about it. She was sick!

Here is what Nikka had to say:

"hey all, just wanted to clear up why i wasnt there…I got sick and on the 100 degree day of the show was under my down comforter with a 102 fever shiverring my ass off!

I can count the amount of times Ive cancelled a show or appearance so you know it was bad if I didn't think I could make it.Sorry for everyone who was looking forward to it…I was too.

The good news at least is that hard earned dollars didnt just go to some promoters and agents…it is a worthy cause and a tax write off so hopefully that eases the sting a bit.peace in the middle east y’all".


Nikka, you are a class act. Thank you so much for clarifying that. If only they told us that at the show what happened to you instead of not saying anything.

If anything ever happens like this again, just hit me and I will get it out. :) I got your back like a jacket.

I got nothing but love for you and your crew. Look forward to your next show here in L. A. and maybe we can be as loud as the New York crowds!-Dr.FB

P.S. Hope you feel better!