The Glamorous Life – Sheila E. | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#7) & R&B (#9); 1984

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

Brothers Coke and Pete Escovedo played together in Santana before forming their own Latin rock band, Azteca. After Azteca’s demise, Pete began working with his daughter, Sheila. The two first recorded together in 1977 as percussionists on Billy Cobham’s Inner Conflicts and also released their first joint effort, Solo Two, that year. Father and daughter shared recording credits again on several Con Funk Shun chart records, including Chase Me (#4 R&B; 1979) and Got To Be Enough (#8 R&B; 1980). Then Prince “discovered” Sheila and hooked her up as a solo act with Warner Records, for which he also recorded. In June, 1984 Sheila E.’s solo single The Glamorous Life debuted on the charts, and began its four month climb toward the Top 10. It finally peaked at #7 the week of October 6th; the same week her voice graced Erotic City, the flip side of America’s #1 record, Let’s Go Crazy by Prince and The Revolution.

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Produced by:

  • Sheila E., Prince (as the Starr ★ Company)

Lyrics Written by:

  • Prince