17 Days

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17 Days

single art for When Doves Cry
from the album Piano & A Microphone 1983
included on The Hits / The B-Sides

17days single.jpg
single art for 17 Days
Song details
Performer: Prince and the Revolution
First Released: 16 May 1984 - When Doves Cry single
Album(s): The Hits / The B-Sides
Writer(s): Prince, Lisa Coleman, Dr. Fink, Wendy Melvoin (credited to Prince and the Revolution)
Producer(s): Prince (credited to Prince and the Revolution)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
Performed occasionally in shows:

17 Days (full title as copyrighted 17 Days (the rain will come down, then U will have 2 choose. If U believe look 2 the dawn and U shall never lose.)) was released as the b-side of the single When Doves Cry, the first single to be released from Purple Rain, released worldwide. In 1993, it was included as the 15th track on The B-Sides compilation (included as the third and final disc on The Hits / The B-Sides). A 1983 piano rehearsal of the track was also included on the 2018 posthumous release Piano & A Microphone 1983, and released two weeks prior to the album as a pre-release download. The same version was released as the A-side of a 7" vinyl 17 Days (Piano Version) single distributed as cover mount with the October 2018 edition of Rolling Stone magazine in Germany in September 2018.

While specific recording dates for 17 Days are not known, it was initially recorded at The Warehouse in St. Louis Park, Minnesota in August 1983, likely a couple of days after Let’s Go Crazy and Computer Blue, with Brenda Bennett on vocals. By this time Vanity had just left the Prince camp and Apollonia was yet to be cast as her replacement. So it was never really intended for either Vanity 6 or Apollonia 6, but perhaps Prince had a solo project with Brenda Bennett in mind.

The song was later re-recorded on 8 January 1984 at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, California (three days after Oliver’s House) with Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman providing some background vocals and worked on further in March. While the When Doves Cry single was credited only to Prince, 17 Days was credited to Prince and the Revolution, marking it the earliest release of a track containing this credit. In 2000, a fan asked on NPGonlineltd "Who is singing the backup on 17 Days, especially near the very end vamp? It doesn't sound like Wendy or Lisa." SymbolSmallerBlue.png replied : "BRENDA BENNETT". Her contribution is not credited and may come from her own version.

The song had its first public airing in early April 1984, when Prince brought a tape of it to First Avenue to be played there.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
August 1983 The Warehouse,
St. Louis Park, MN, USA
Tracking of jam version
August 1983 Kiowa Trail Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Brenda Bennett vocals
Late Summer - Autumn 1983 Kiowa Trail Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Rehearsal recording - (Piano & A Microphone 1983 Version)
18 September 1983 Sunset Sound - Studio 3 ,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Jam (new recording)
8 January 1984 Sunset Sound - Studio 3 ,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Tracking, re-recording
18 March 1984 Sunset Sound - Studio 3,
Hollywood, CA, USA
21 March 1984 Sunset Sound- Studio 3,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Recording Personnel

Vanity 6/Apollonia 6 version

Prince and the Revolution version

Piano & A Microphone 1983 version

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
17 Days 3:54 When Doves Cry - single

Girls & Boys single
The Hits / The B-Sides

Studio a.k.a. B-Side Edit
17 Days (B-Side Edit) 3:54 Purple Rain Deluxe Expanded Edition - Single Edits & B-Sides Studio Remastered 2017
17 Days 6:22 Piano & A Microphone 1983
'Rehearsal' a.k.a. 17 Days (Piano & A Microphone 1983 Version)
17 Days (Piano Version) 3:14 17 Days (Piano Version) single 'Rehearsal' edit of the above
Video Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
17 Days / Lovergirl ?:?? Welcome 2 America Deluxe edition Live 28 April 2011, The Forum, Inglewood, CA, USA
Sampled, Referred to, Quoted in...
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Musicology 4:26 Musicology Studio Brief clip heard 'on radio' during segue following Musicology
Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
17 Days Studio Version with Brenda Bennett on lead vocals
17 Days Studio Studio jam
17 Days Studio Full length version
Additional Information

See also Trivia

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