June 29, 2022

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“The Glamorous Life” proved to be a significant solo breakout for Sheila E. in 1984. The traditional pop observe was one in every of her man collaborations with the legendary Prince, however Sheila E. already had a protracted historical past of taking part in with legends. In truth, 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 hundreds in an evening she describes as a real “out of physique expertise.”

From that time ahead, this Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient fearlessly cast cast 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 fashionable work with Prince, to Whitney Houston, Stevie Surprise, Michael Jackson, Beyoncé, JAY-Z, Kanye, Reba McEntire, and even opera tenor Plácido Domingo.

These icons and lots of extra contemplate Sheila E. a peer — as nicely they need to — and he or she 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 Tune 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.

Hearken to the total episode above, or try the entire video interview beneath. (Editor’s Notice: In case you have hassle seeing the participant beneath, you may watch it through YouTube.)

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