(USA Today) – The world was going crazy for Prince in the late summer of 1984.

The classic soundtrack for his film Purple Rain, released in June of that year, hit No. 1 on Aug. 4 — 30 years ago today — and stayed there until January 1985. That album produced four of His Royal Badness’ biggest hits — Let’s Go Crazy, When Doves Cry, I Would Die 4 U and, of course, Purple Rain.

The movie itself hit theaters on July 27, 1984, and finished as the year’s 11th-highest-grossing film— right between Splash and Amadeus (pretty good company).


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