Shortberry Strawcake

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Shortberry Strawcake

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from the album The Glamorous Life
Song details
Performer: Sheila E.
First Released: 4 June 1984 - The Glamorous Life album
Album(s): The Glamorous Life
Writer(s): Prince (credited to Sheila E. and Jesse Johnson)
Producer(s): Prince (credited to Sheila E. and The Starr Company)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:

Shortberry Strawcake is the second track (the first instrumental track) on Sheila E.’s first album The Glamorous Life. Although writing credit is given to Sheila E. and Jesse Johnson, the track was solely written by Prince.

Basic tracking took place on 11 February 1984 at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, CA, USA. Sheila E.’s percussion was recorded in the first few days of April 1984 at Sunset Sound. Some distorted and back-masked vocals by Prince can be heard in the background of the track, marking the earliest Prince-related release to feature back-masked lyrics (released three weeks before Purple Rain, which also contained some).

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
11 February 1984 Sunset Sound,
Hollywood, CA, USA
1-4 April 1984 Sunset Sound,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Sheila E. percussion overdubs
Recording Personnel
  • Sheila E. - percussion
  • Prince - all vocals and instruments, except where noted (uncredited)

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Shortberry Strawcake 4:44 The Glamorous Life Studio

Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Shortberry Strawcake Studio Original February 1984 version before percussion overdubs
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • Shortberry Strawcake was nominated at the 27th annual Grammy Awards (1985) in the category 'Best R&B instrumental performance' (which was won by Sound-System by Herbie Hancock).

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