Sheila E. just lately sat down with Billboard to speak about her most memorable “Billboard second,” which she says was the time when her track “The Glamorous Life” hit No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1984.
Sheila E. tells Billboard that when “The Glamorous Life” initially hit the charts, it meant lots to her as a result of her label needed her to launch “The Belle of St. Mark” as the first single, as a substitute.
“I really thought and believed that ‘Glamorous Life’ should be the first single,” she says. “We didn’t know very many women, if at all, during that time in 1984 that…would be playing timbale. … I featured a lot of percussion on [‘Glamorous Life’]. It was a dance track. I was able to play a solo and I just thought that it was important to showcase me as an artist, and when it hit the charts, it was a moment to remember.”
While considering again to that point, Sheila E. additionally remembers the relatively unforgettable second when she first heard the track on the radio. At the time, she was again in Los Angeles for rehearsal, after having been away on tour.
As she was driving her pink Mercedes down Sunset Boulevard, she went to make a left flip to her favourite deli – the one she and Prince used to go to – and she or he bought into an accident, proper as “The Glamorous Life” was enjoying on the radio.
“It was the first time I ever heard the song,” she says. “I got hit in the car while my single was playing on the radio. So I get out of the car, I make sure that the guy was OK. He said, ‘I’m fine, are you OK?’ and I said, ‘Yeah, I’m fine…By the way, that’s my song playing on the radio!”
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