glamor life

Josephine Baker

Josephine Baker was the first black woman to star in a major motion picture, Zouzou, in 1934. She refused to perform for segregated audiences in America and is equally known for her work in the Civil Rights Movement.

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On this day in music history: June 4, 1984 - “The Glamorous Life”, the debut album by Sheila E. is released. Produced by Sheila and The Starr Company (aka Prince), it is recorded at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, CA from December 27, 1983 - April 4, 1984. The first album by the Oakland, CA born and raised singer/percussionist comes about after Prince (who has known Escovedo since 1978) asks if she’s interested in making an album. She agrees, first collaborating on the song “Erotic City” with the artist (released as the B-side of “Let’s Go Crazy”) the same week that work on her album begins. The first tracks recorded are the title track and “Next Time Wipe The Lipstick Off Your Collar” in late 1983. The basic tracks for “The Belle Of St. Mark”, “Oliver’s House” and “Shortberry Strawcake are recorded in January of 1984. "Noon Rendevous” is the last track recorded in mid-February of 1984. Five of the six aforementioned tracks are originally intended for the album Prince is producing for Apollonia 6, but reassigns them to Sheila instead. Prince takes Escovedo into the studio in April of 1984, recording her vocal and percussion tracks in just four days. Now complete, Prince plays the finished album for his management, who in turn secure Sheila E. a contract with Warner Bros. Records. An immediate success, the album spins off three singles including the title track (#7 Pop, #9 R&B) and “The Belle Of St. Mark” (#34 Pop, #68 R&B). “The Glamorous Life” peaks at number seven on the Billboard R&B album chart, number twenty eight on the Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.