Baby I'm A Star

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Baby I'm A Star

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from the album Purple Rain
Song details
Performer: Prince and the Revolution
First Released: 25 June 1984 - Purple Rain album
Album(s): Purple Rain
Writer(s): Prince (credited to Prince and the Revolution)
Producer(s): Prince (credited to Prince and the Revolution)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
Performed occasionally in shows:

Baby I'm A Star is the eighth track on Prince's sixth album Purple Rain, the first album to be credited to Prince and the Revolution, and, seven months after the album's release, an edited version was also included as the b-side of Take Me With U, the album's fifth and final single. The track is also featured in the movie Purple Rain.

Prince first recorded a studio version of the song in late 1981-1982 at Prince's Kiowa Trail Home Studio, Chanhassen, MN, USA. Prince and the Revolution later recorded the song live on 3 August 1983 at First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN, USA (at the same concert where I Would Die 4 U and Purple Rain were also recorded).

This live version was released with slight overdubs. It was included as the eighth track on the 7 November 1983 configuration of the album, and the seventh track on the 23 March 1984 configuration, but became the eighth track on the final 14 April 1984 configuration after some tracklist changes to the album.

In 1989, Tim Burton used Baby I'm A Star in a rough draft of the Batman movie, during a scene where The Joker leads a parade of large balloons, to indicate the kind of music he wanted in that scene. Once Prince was brought in to provide the music, he provided 200 Balloons as a replacement, which was eventually replaced itself by Trust.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
Late 1981-1982 Kiowa Trail Home Studio, Chanhassen, MN, USA Preliminary version
3 August 1983 First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN, USA Live recording
Recording Personnel

Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Baby I'm A Star 4:20 Purple Rain

Strange Tales From The Rain promo

Live with overdubs 3 August 1983, First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN, USA; segues (as recorded) from I Would Die 4 U
Baby I'm A Star (Edit) 2:55 Take Me With U single Edit
Video Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Baby I'm A Star T.B.C. Purple Rain 20th Anniversary DVD Live concert promo video 20 November 1984, Landover, MD, USA; See Baby I'm A Star video for more details
Baby I'm A Star 10:00 Prince And The Revolution: Live VHS/laserdisc Live 30 March 1985, Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY, USA
Baby I'm A Star T.B.C. Rave Un2 The Year 2000 VHS/DVD Live 18 December 1999, Paisley Park, Chanhassen, MN, USA
Broadcasts/streaming
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Baby I'm A Star T.B.C. Live concert radio broadcast Live 22 July 1990, Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid, Spain
Baby I'm A Star T.B.C. Delayed concert TV broadcast Live 29 July 1990, Estadio Santa María del Mar, La Coruña, Spain
Baby I'm A Star T.B.C. Delayed concert TV broadcast Live 31 August 1990, Tokyo Dome (東京ドーム), Tokyo, Japan
Let's Go Crazy / Baby I'm A Star T.B.C. Live performance TV broadcast Live 20 July 1991 (matinee), Special Olympics, The Metrodome, Minneapolis, MN, USA
Baby I'm A Star T.B.C. Live radio broadcast Live 07 September 1993 (mat.), Simon Bates Show, BBC Broadcasting House, London, England; part of medley containing 1999 / Baby I'm A Star / America / D.M.S.R. / Pope / It's Gonna Be A Beautiful Night
1999/Baby I'm A Star T.B.C. Delayed concert TV broadcast Live 17 October 2003, Támar Site, Admiralty, Hong Kong, China; 1999 intro only
1999/Baby I'm A Star T.B.C. Live awards performance TV broadcast Live 8 February 2004, 46th annual Grammy Awards Ceremony, Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA, USA; with Beyonce; 1999 intro only
The Superbowl 11:52 Lotusflow3r.com video stream Live medley 4 February 2007, Dolphins Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL, USA; medley of We Will Rock You / Let's Go Crazy / 1999 intro / Baby I'm A Star / Proud Mary / All Along The Watchtower / Best Of You / Purple Rain
Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Baby I'm A Star Studio 1981-2 studio recording
Baby I'm A Star Live recording 3 August 1983, First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN, USA; contains spoken intro
 
Additional Information

See also Trivia


References
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