Promise To Be True

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Promise To Be True

Song details
Performer: Vanity 6; Bonnie Raitt
Writer(s): Prince (assumed)
Producer(s): Prince (assumed)
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

Promise To Be True is an unreleased song recorded on 30 April 1983 at Prince's Kiowa Trail Home Studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota, the same day as basic tracking for Sex Shooter. It was intended for Vanity 6's planned second album, although it is unclear if Vanity ever recorded vocals for it. Dez Dickerson worked on it in May 1983, but when Vanity decided in August not to participate in the Purple Rain movie, the song was shelved for the time being.

The track was worked on further (or perhaps re-recorded) in early 1987, at Prince's Galpin Blvd Home Studio,Chanhassen, MN, USA, for use by American blues singer-songwriter Bonnie Raitt, during a short-lived collaboration between the two artists. It is not clear if she recorded lead vocals for the track, however. Although Prince offered four songs to Bonnie Raitt (I Need A Man, Jealous Girl, Promise To Be True and There's Something I Like About Being Your Fool), it is unclear whether this collaboration was intended to lead to an album or to a particular project. The track remains unreleased.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
30 April 1983 Kiowa Trail Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Basic tracking
May 1983 Kiowa Trail Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
vocal and guitar overdubs by Dez Dickerson
Early 1987 Galpin Blvd Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Basic tracking or overdubs (Bonnie Raitt version)
Recording Personnel

Vanity 6 version

Dez Dickerson version

  • Dez Dickerson - vocals, guitar (and possibly keyboard) overdubs
  • Prince - all instruments except where noted (assumed)

Bonnie Raitt version

Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Promise To Be True Studio 'Vanity 6' version
Promise To Be True Studio Dez Dickerson version
Promise To Be True Studio Recorded 1987; Bonnie Raitt version

Additional Information

See also Trivia

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