When news broke on Thursday (April 21) that Prince had passed away, the entire music industry was devastated. In the country music community, perhaps no other artist was more heartbroken than Darius Rucker, who frequently covers Prince's hit song "Purple Rain."
After learning about Prince's death, Rucker spoke to Rolling Stone about how the legendary singer inspired his own musical path.
"He made me stand up and listen when the Controversy album came out," Rucker said, referring to Prince's fourth studio album. "And then he made me want to be in a band more than anything with 'Purple Rain.' I will forever be indebted to him for showing me true greatness."
Rucker also tweeted about his appreciation for Prince, calling him one of his "absolute idols."
Once again Heaven's band just got even more incredible. One of my absolute idols #Prince. Thank u for showing me what true GREATNESS is!!— Darius Rucker (@dariusrucker) April 21, 2016
Once Rucker found his own claim to fame as the frontman of Hootie & the Blowfish, and later as a solo country artist, he continued to hold Prince in high regard. It wasn't an uncommon thing for fans to hear Rucker cover "Purple Rain" during his own shows.
During a private concert in San Juan, Puerto Rico on January 16, 2016, Rucker performed the song yet again, much to the delight of the crowd. The lights surrounding Rucker were lit up in a bright purple color, which added further to the mood of the song.
Prince would have been proud of Rucker's cover, since he put a great deal of passion behind his performance. We're sure that the next time Rucker covers "Purple Rain," it will be an emotional experience for him and everyone else involved.
You can watch Rucker perform "Purple Rain below."
Our thoughts and prayers are with Prince's loved ones at this time. May he rest in peace.
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