The Belle Of St. Mark

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The Belle Of St. Mark

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from the album The Glamorous Life
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single art for The Belle Of St. Mark
Song details
Performer: Sheila E.
First Released: 4 June 1984 - The Glamorous Life album
Album(s): The Glamorous Life
Writer(s): Prince (credited to Sheila E.)
Producer(s): Prince (credited to Sheila E. and The Starr Company)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
  • This track is not believed to have been performed live by Prince.
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:
  • none

The Belle Of St. Mark is the first track on Sheila E.'s first album The Glamorous Life, and, six months after the album's release, The Belle Of St. Mark was released as the album's third and final single. In 1986, the extended Dance Remix version was included as the fourth and final track on The Glamorous Club Dance EP, a Japan-only EP of extended versions of Sheila E.'s singles. The Belle Of St. Mark was written by Prince, but credited to Sheila E..

Initial tracking took place on 5 January 1984 at Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA (the day after The Bird, the same day as Oliver's House, three days before a re-recording of 17 Days), and the song was originally intended for Apollonia 6 until Prince began to work with Sheila E. in February 1984, at which time he set the song aside for her. Sheila E.'s vocals were recorded in the first few days of April 1984 at Sunset Sound.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
5 January 1984 Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA Initial tracking
1-4 April 1984 Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA Sheila E. vocal overdubs
Recording Personnel
  • Sheila E. - vocals, percussion
  • Prince - all instruments, except where noted (uncredited)
  • Jill Jones - background vocals (as "J.J.")

Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
The Belle Of St. Mark 5:08 The Glamorous Life

The Belle Of St. Mark single

Studio
The Belle Of St. Mark (Edit) 3:38 The Belle Of St. Mark single Edit
The Belle Of St. Mark (Dance Remix) 7:42 The Belle Of St. Mark single

The Glamorous Club Dance EP

Extended version
Video Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
The Belle Of St. Mark 4:38 Promotional release only Live promo video Live, Washington, D.C. 1985; see The Belle Of St. Mark video for more details


Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
The Belle Of St. Mark Studio Original 1984 version with Prince vocals
 
Additional Information

See also Trivia


References
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