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“The Glamorous Life” proved to be a serious solo breakout for Sheila E. in 1984. The basic pop observe was considered one of her man collaborations with the legendary Prince, however Sheila E. already had a protracted historical past of taking part in with legends. In actual fact, her skilled profession started at solely 15, when her father (a percussionist himself) requested her to fill in for him as a part of Santana’s band earlier than a crowd of 1000’s in an evening she describes as a real “out of physique expertise.”
From that time ahead, this Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient fearlessly solid solid new pathways within the male-dominated world of percussion. She’s performed with just about each identify in each style of American music royalty, from her common work with Prince, to Whitney Houston, Stevie Marvel, Michael Jackson, Beyoncé, JAY-Z, Kanye, Reba McEntire, and even opera tenor Plácido Domingo.
These icons and plenty of extra contemplate Sheila E. a peer — as effectively they need to — and she or he returns that affection. As a result of as The Queen of Percussion herself says on “The Glamorous Life,” “With out love, it ain’t a lot.” She just lately acquired a ton of affection from the trade, because it was introduced she’d be receiving her personal star on the Hollywood Stroll of Fame as a part of the 2023 class of inductees.
Sheila E. joins host Peter Csathy on the thirteenth episode of The Story Behind the Music to debate how “The Glamorous Life” helped put her front-and-center for the primary time. She talks about how she and Prince collaborated on the tune, making an attempt to outdo one another as they wrote, performed, and sang within the studio. She additionally shares insights on a private choice from her catalog: her latest salsa collab with B. Slade, “Bailar.” All through the interview, Sheila E. shares private tales about working with different legends, and discusses how she persevered when pursuing her ardour for percussion in a world of frequent creative male prejudice.
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