Do Unto Others

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Do Unto Others

Song details
Performer: Kip Blackshire, DuJuan Blackshire and Johnnie Blackshire
Writer(s): Kip Blackshire, DuJuan Blackshire and Johnnie Blackshire (lyrics) and Prince (as SymbolSmallerBlue.png - music)
Producer(s): Prince (as SymbolSmallerBlue.png - assumed)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:

Do Unto Others is an unreleased song initially written and recorded by the vocal group formed by the Blackshire brothers (Johnnie, DuJuan and Kip) in 1997 for a planned album (which also remain unreleased). The song was sent to Morris Hayes whom they knew from the time he was still living in Arkansas. This connection led them to move to Minneapolis, Minnesota and join The New Power Generation in 1999 (with and Kip on keyboards and bacKground vocals, and Johnnie and DuJuan as occasional vocalists). When Prince (then SymbolSmallerBlue.png) heard the song, he decided to rewrite the music and started to play the new version in rehearsals with the Blackshire brothers. The chorus of Do Unto Others was sung occasionally during shows in 1999 over the music of Love... Thy Will Be Done but the new version of the track is not believed to have been performed live by Prince solely.

The line ‘‘do unto others as you would have them do to you’’ is a variation of the Golden Rule that Prince would later change for the lyrics of If Eye Was The Man In Ur Life (‘do onto others, as they do onto you’). The songs are otherwise unrelated.

The new version of Do Unto Others was never re-recorded in studio and both versions remain unreleased.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
1997 Unknown studio (AR, USA) Tracking (without Prince input)
Summer 1999 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Rehearsal recording/performance with new music by Prince
Recording Personnel

Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Do Unto Others Rehearsal Second version with music by Prince

Additional Information

See also Trivia

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