Like A Prayer

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Like A Prayer

Likeaprayer album.jpg
from the album Like A Prayer
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single art for Like A Prayer
Song details
Performer: Madonna
First Released: 27 February 1989 - Like A Prayer single
Album(s): None (Prince-involvement only)
Writer(s): Madonna and Patrick Leonard
Producer(s): Madonna and Patrick Leonard
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
  • This track is not believed to have been performed live by Prince
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:
  • none

Like A Prayer is the first track on Madonna's fourth album Like A Prayer. It was long thought that the album version contained no Prince input, and only some of the remixes contain Prince's, however in a 2014 interview Patrick Leonard, the songs producer revealed it's actually Prince on guitar at the very beginning of the song before the door slams. The 12-inch containing the versions with a bit more of Prince's uncredited guitar input were released three weeks prior to the album's release on Like A Prayer, the album's first single.

While specific recording dates for Prince's guitar solo contribution are not known, his solo was recorded in mid-November 1988, at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
1988 Studio information needed Basic tracking (Madonna demo; no Prince input)
Mid-November 1988 Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA Guitar solo recording by Prince
Recording Personnel
  • Madonna - lead vocals, background vocals, additional synthesizer
  • Prince - guitar solo (uncredited)
  • Jeffrey Porcaro - drums (credited for whole album, specific involvement uncertain)
  • John Robinson - drums (credited for whole album, specific involvement uncertain)
  • Jonathan Moffett - drums (credited for whole album, specific involvement uncertain)
  • Guy Pratt - bass guitar (credited for whole album, specific involvement uncertain)
  • Randy Jackson - bass guitar (credited for whole album, specific involvement uncertain)
  • Bruce Gaitsch - guitar (credited for whole album, specific involvement uncertain)
  • Chester Kamen - guitar (credited for whole album, specific involvement uncertain)
  • Dann Huff - guitar (credited for whole album, specific involvement uncertain)
  • David Williams - guitar (credited for whole album, specific involvement uncertain)
  • Marcos Loya - requinto guitar (credited for whole album, specific involvement uncertain)
  • Bruce Gaitsch - acoustic guitar (credited for whole album, specific involvement uncertain)
  • The Andrea Crouch Choir - background vocals
  • Donna DeLory - background vocals (credited for whole album, specific involvement uncertain)
  • Lynne Fiddmont - background vocals (credited for whole album, specific involvement uncertain)
  • Marcos Loya - background vocals (credited for whole album, specific involvement uncertain)
  • Marilyn Martin - background vocals (credited for whole album, specific involvement uncertain)
  • Ali Nadirah - background vocals (credited for whole album, specific involvement uncertain)
  • Niki Haris - background vocals (credited for whole album, specific involvement uncertain)
  • Rose Banks - background vocals (credited for whole album, specific involvement uncertain)
  • Geary Lanier - clavinet (credited for whole album, specific involvement uncertain)
  • Joe Porcaro - marimba (credited for whole album, specific involvement uncertain)
  • Luis Conte - percussion (credited for whole album, specific involvement uncertain)
  • Paulinho Da Costa - percussion (credited for whole album, specific involvement uncertain)
  • Patrick Leonard - acoustic piano, B3 organ, clavinet, synthesizer (credited for whole album, specific involvement uncertain)
  • Jai Winding - synthesizer (credited for whole album, specific involvement uncertain)
  • Stephen Bray - synthesizer (credited for whole album, specific involvement uncertain)
  • Sandra Crouch - Spanish tambourine (credited for whole album, specific involvement uncertain)

Versions
Released Versions

Information is given for Prince-related versions only

Title Length Released Version Additional info
Like A Prayer 5:42 Like A Prayer album
Like A Prayer (7" Remix/Edit) 5:41 Like A Prayer single Remix edit Remix by Bill Bottrell
Like A Prayer (12" Extended Remix) 7:23 Like A Prayer single Remix Additional production and remix by Shep Pettibone, remix engineering by Michael Hutchinson
Like A Prayer (12" Club Version) 6:37 Like A Prayer single Remix Additional production and remix by Bill Bottrell, additional engineering by Robert Salcedo
Like A Prayer (Dub Beats) 4:36 Like A Prayer promo Remix Remix by Bill Bottrell


Sampled, Referred to, Quoted in...
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Act Of Contrition 2:19 Like A Prayer

Like A Prayer single

Studio See Act Of Contrition for more details
 
Additional Information

See also Trivia


References

Patrick Leonard interview

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