The Glamorous Life

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The Glamorous Life

Theglamorouslife album.jpg
from the album The Glamorous Life
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single art for The Glamorous Life
Song details
Performer: Sheila E.
First Released: 2 May 1984 - The Glamorous Life single
Album(s): The Glamorous Life
Writer(s): Prince (credited to Sheila E.)
Producer(s): Prince (credited to Sheila E. and The Starr Company)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
Performed occasionally in shows:

The Glamorous Life is the sixth and final track on Sheila E.'s first album The Glamorous Life, and, four weeks before the album's release, The Glamorous Life was released as the album's first single; it was, therefore, the first song to be credited to Sheila E.. The Glamorous Life was written by Prince, but credited to Sheila E..

In 1986, the Club Edit was included as the second track on The Glamorous Club Dance EP, a Japan-only EP of extended versions of Sheila E.'s singles.

On 19 June 2013, an instrumental rehearsal of The Glamorous Life was streamed live on 3rdEyeGirl LiveStream TV for 3 minutes.


Recording process

Initial tracking took place on 27 December 1983 at Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA (the day before In A Spanish Villa and Next Time Wipe The Lipstick Off Your Collar), and the song was originally intended for Apollonia 6 until Prince began to work with Sheila E. in February 1984, at which time he set the song aside for her.

Sheila E.'s vocals were recorded in the first few days of April 1984, also at Sunset Sound. The Glamorous Life is notable for featuring the first use of saxophone on a Prince-related track, played by Larry Williams.

The track also features the first released appearance of David Coleman (Lisa Coleman's brother) on a Prince-related track, playing cello.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
27 December 1983 Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA Initial tracking
1-4 April 1984 Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA Sheila E. vocal overdubs
Recording Personnel

Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
The Glamorous Life 8:58 The Glamorous Life Studio
The Glamorous Life (Edit) 3:41 The Glamorous Life single

Strange Tales From The Rain promo

Edit
The Glamorous Life (Part II) 3:12 The Glamorous Life single Edit Edit continuing from where The Glamorous Life (Edit) ended
The Glamorous Life (Club Edit) 6:33 The Glamorous Life single

The Glamorous Club Dance EP
The Glamorous Life reissue

Edit
Video Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
The Glamorous Life 3:41 Promotional release only Promo video See The Glamorous Life video for more details
The Glamorous Life 3:41 Promotional release only Promo video Slightly alternate version; see The Glamorous Life video for more details
The Glamorous Life 11:24 Sheila E.: Live Romance 1600 VHS/laserdisc Live 8 March 1986, Warfield Theater, San Francisco, CA
Vanguard Jam 12:18 NPG Music Club WMV download Awards Show performance video 19 March 2005, 36th NAACP Image Awards, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, CA, USA; part of medley containing D.M.S.R. / We're A Winner / I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You) / Satisfied / I Don't Want Nobody To Give Me Nothing (Open Up The Door, I'll Get It Myself) / Housequake / The Jam / The Bird / The Glamorous Life / Santana Medley
Broadcasts/streaming
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
I Feel For You T.B.C. Delayed performance TV broadcast Live 2 March 2004, The Ellen Degeneres Show, NBC Studios, Burbank, CA; includes clips of A Love Bizarre and The Glamorous Life
I Feel For You T.B.C. Delayed awards show performance TV broadcast Live 15 March 2004 19th Rock 'n' Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony, Waldorf Astoria, New York, NY; includes clips of A Love Bizarre and The Glamorous Life
The Glamorous Life / A Love Bizarre T.B.C. Delayed awards show performance TV broadcast Live 1 June 2007, 9th annual ALMA Awards, Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Pasadena, CA, USA; includes instrumental coda of A Love Bizarre
The Glamorous Life (instrumental) 3:00 3rdEyeTV Show # 1 live video stream Rehearsal 19 June 2013, Paisley Park (Soundstage), Chanhassen, MN, USA; NPG only, without Prince
The Glamorous Life 1:30 3rdEyeGirl's YouTube account Live 31 August 2013, World Trade Center - Piscadera Bay (Sam Cooke), Willemstad, Curaçao
Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
The Glamorous Life Studio Original 1983 version with Prince vocals
 
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • The Glamorous Life was nominated at the 27th annual Grammy Awards (1985) in the category 'Best pop female vocalist' (which was won by What’s Love Got To Do With It by Tina Turner).

References
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