Little Red Corvette

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Little Red Corvette

from the album 1999
Littleredcorvette single.jpg
single art for Little Red Corvette
Song details
Performer: Prince
First Released: 27 October 1982 - 1999 album
Album(s): 1999

The Hits 2
The Hits / The B-Sides
The Very Best Of Prince
1999 Deluxe

Writer(s): Prince
Producer(s): Prince
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
Performed occasionally in shows:

Little Red Corvette is the second track on Prince's fifth album 1999, and, three months after the album's release, Little Red Corvette was released as the album's second single.

In 1993, the track was included as the seventh track on Prince's compilation album The Hits 2 (also included as the second disc of The Hits / The B-Sides).

In 2001, the track was included as the third track on the compilation album The Very Best Of Prince.

In 2006, Little Red Corvette (Dance Remix) was included as the second track on the second disc of the compilation album Ultimate. The original album version has also been included as the b-side on various re-releases of 1999, the first single from Prince's fifth album 1999.

Basic tracking for Little Red Corvette took place at Prince's Kiowa Trail Home Studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota, on 20 May 1982, marking the first 24-track recording on a newly installed Soundcraft console in his home recording studio.

After Prince's passing a woman from St. Paul named Mi-Ling Stone revealed she was the inspiration for the song.

She first met him in 1976 and then again in 1979. She was a student at the University of Minnesota, locally known as 'Fancy Dancer' and thinks Sexy Dancer could also have been about her. Prince started dating her in January 1979.

She lived in a duplex on Fuller Street in Saint Paul, MN and she had pictures of jockeys on her wall, among them Mike “Hercules” Weaver, whom at some point she also dated. Prince and her stopped seeing each other when she left Minnesota in 1980.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
20 May 1982 Kiowa Trail Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Basic tracking
11 August 1982; 12 August 1982 Sunset Sound (Studio 2),
Hollywood, CA, USA
Editing for album version
7 January 1983; 8 January 1983; 13 January 1983; 14 January 1983 Sunset Sound (Studio 2),
Hollywood, CA, USA
Remix, additional recording and edit for 12"
January 1983 Lakeland Civic Center, Lakeland FL Tour Demo version
Recording Personnel

Tour Demo Version

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Little Red Corvette 4:58 1999 album

Little Red Corvette single
1999 single reissue
The Hits 2
The Hits / The B-Sides
The Very Best Of Prince
The Story So Far... promotional album
1999 Deluxe

Little Red Corvette (Edit) 3:08 Little Red Corvette single

1999 single reissue
Strange Tales From The Rain promo
The Crown Jewels promo
1999 Deluxe

Little Red Corvette (Dance Remix) 8:22 Little Red Corvette single

His Majesty's Pop Life
1999 Deluxe

Extended Version
Little Red Corvette (Dance Remix Edit) 4:32 Little Red Corvette promo

1999 Deluxe

Extended Version Edit
Little Red Corvette / Dirty Mind 7:55 Tidal download Live 20 February 2016 (show 2): Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia
Little Red Corvette 4:18 1999 Deluxe Live 1 December 1982 (a.m.): Masonic Temple Auditorium, Detroit, MI, USA
Lady Cab Driver / I Wanna Be Your Lover / Head / Little Red Corvette (Tour Demo) 7:00 1999 Deluxe Live Recorded January 1983, Lakeland Civic Center, Lakeland FL
Video Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Little Red Corvette 3:08 The Hits Video Collection VHS/DVD Promo video See Little Red Corvette video for more details
Little Red Corvette T.B.C. Prince And The Revolution: Live VHS/laserdisc

Purple Rain Deluxe – Live at the Carrier Dome (DVD)

Live 30 March 1985, Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY
Little Red Corvette 5:10 Sign O' The Times DVD/VHS Live 27 June 1987 or 28 June 1987, Sportpaleis Ahoy, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Little Red Corvette 1:20 Lovesexy Live 2 VHS Live 9 September 1988, Westfalenhallen, Dortmund, West Germany
Broadcasts/streaming (only)
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Little Red Corvette T.B.C. Delayed concert TV broadcast Live 31 August 1990, Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan
Little Red Corvette T.B.C. Streaming video on Live 18 July 2009, Auditorium Stravinski, Montreux, Switzerland (show 1)
Little Red Corvette 7:49 Streaming video on Andy Allo's Facebook page Live 26 July 2011, Ahoy, Rotterdam, the Netherlands; audio only with static image
1999 / Little Red Corvette / Musicology (intro) 9:52 3rdEye TV Show # 7 live video stream Live 30 June 2013 (a.m.) City Winery Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA
Little Red Corvette T.B.C. Live concert online stream Live 10 May 2015, Baltimore, MN, USA, Royal Farms Arena; incl. U Will B lyrics
Sampled, Referred to, Quoted in...
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Purple Medley 11:03 Purple Medley single Studio medley See Purple Medley for more details
Rosario: 1999 1:19 1999: The New Master Studio Spoken word over music from Little Red Corvette - other than name, no relation to 1999; Credited to Prince and the Revolution
Musicology 4:26 Musicology Studio Brief clip heard 'on radio' during segue following Musicology
Additional Information

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