August 12, 2008 9:26

Prince bans dentist from covering 'Purple Rain'

The Purple One gets toothache from NHS dentist

Prince bans dentist from covering 'Purple Rain'
An NHS Dentist who does opera versions of modern songs has been banned by Prince from covering one of his songs.

Andrew Bain was signed by SonyBMG after sending them his operatic take on the 1984 hit 'Purple Rain', but the song's writer has been less impressed.

According to a spokesperson for Bain, Prince has threatened legal action if the track appears on forthcoming album 'Andrew Bain Presents Modern Classics', out on September 8.

"I have the utmost respect for [a]Prince, without 'Purple Rain' I wouldn’t be where I am today," explained the dentist after learning he could not include the song on his debut.

He added: "I struggled until I took a chance, mixed my operatic style with pop in 'Purple Rain', and realised my dreams."

Bain is though allowed to cover the likes of David Bowie, Bryan Adams and ABBA. He also will join the line-up for this year's Bestival, which takes place on the Isle Of Wight between September 5 and 7.

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