Prince and the Revolution existed in a formal capacity from only 1984 through 1986, but the origin of the diverse band dates back to 1979, when Prince assembled a team of musicians to help him tour in support of his self-titled second album. Three years later, Prince's 1999 was released with "and the Revolution" printed upside down, in rather hidden fashion, on its cover. The first recording properly credited to Prince and the Revolution was "17 Days," the B-side of the March 1984-released Purple Rain lead single "When Doves Cry." The parent album, as well as the film of the same title, followed shortly thereafter, and featured members Brownmark (bass, vocals), Lisa Coleman (keyboards, vocals), Matt "Doctor" Fink (keyboards), Wendy Melvoin (guitar, vocals), and Bobby Z. (drums). Around the World in a Day (1985) and the ...
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