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The Glamorous Life

Warner Bros. Records

I felt like we were married

Sheila Escovedo is a percussionist who Prince first met in 1978, when she was performing at a concert. In 1984 she joined Prince’s band during the writing of the Purple Rain album, providing backing vocals to Erotic City.

Under the terms of his contract, Prince was allowed to sign acts to Warner Bros. Records, and he put together The Glamorous Life her first solo project. Despite protestations to the contrary, all its tracks were in fact written by Prince but credited to Sheila, except Noon Rendezvous2 which is co-credited to Prince: “They didn’t want people to know she was backed up by Prince, because it would look like she wasn’t making it on her own merits … but everyone knows when you hear the album, you can tell it’s him.”

Indeed all songs (except2) on The Glamorous Life was originally written, albeit the title track was intended by Prince for inclusion on the album for Apollonia 6. Prince’s production credit for this album is under the name of The Starr ★ Company. The album reached 28 in the Billboard charts, and is certified Gold by the RIAA. It produced two hit singles, the title track and The Belle of St Mark and nominated for a Grammy.

In 2019, Prince’s version of The Glamorous Life and Noon Rendezvous with his vocals, was released by Warner Brothers as Originals.

Data

Producer
The Starr ★ Company (Prince) and Sheila E
Label
Warner Bros. Records
Distribution
Warner Bros. Records
Released
36 years, 3 months ago on 4 June 1984
Running Time
39:42
US Chart Peak
28
UK Chart Peak
-
Orig. Formats

Tracklist

  1. The Belle Of St. Mark (5:08) 1
  2. Shortberry Strawcake (4:44)
  3. Noon Rendezvous (3:50) 2
  4. Oliver's House (6:20) 1
  5. Next Time Wipe The Lipstick Off Your Collar (3:50)
  6. The Glamorous Life (8:58) 1
  7. The Glamorous Life [Club Edit] (6:33)

1 Released as singles.

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