Bedtime Story

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Bedtime Story

from the album Romance 1600

single art for Bedtime Story
Song details
Performer: Sheila E.
First Released: 12 August 1985 - Bedtime Story single
Album(s): Romance 1600
Writer(s): Prince (credited to Sheila E.)
Producer(s): Prince (credited to Sheila E.)
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

Bedtime Story is the eighth and final track on Sheila E.’s second album Romance 1600, and, two weeks before the album’s release, Bedtime Story was released as the album’s second single. In 1986, the track was included as the b-side of a Japan-only release of Love On A Blue Train, the first single from Sheila E.’s third album Sheila E.

Basic tracking took place on 22 January 1985 at 5th Floor Recording Studio, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, following a 21 January show in Cincinnati, on the Purple Rain Tour.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
22 January 1985 (a.m.) - 24 January 1985 5th Floor Recording Studio,
Cincinnati, OH, USA
Tracking, mix (22nd a.m.); Sheila E. vocal overdubs, Duet version mix, instrumental mix (23rd); Overdubs, mix (24th)
5 February 1985 Sunset Sound - Studio 3
Hollywood, CA
Sheila E. vocal overdubs, mix
Recording Personnel
  • Sheila E. - vocals, bass, bongos, congas, drums, guitar, keyboards, percussion (credits given for full album — for actual credits see below)
  • Prince - all instruments, except where noted
  • Eddie M. - saxophone
  • Stephan Birnbaum - guitar (credited, uncertain involvement)
  • Juan Escovedo - percussion

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Bedtime Story 3:45 Romance 1600 Studio
Bedtime Story 3:45 Bedtime Story single

Love On A Blue Train single

Studio Clean intro (not segueing from Merci For The Speed Of A Mad Clown In Summer)

Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Bedtime Story Studio Instrumental version
Bedtime Story Studio Duet version (Prince and Sheila E.)
Bedtime Story Studio Different intro
Additional Information

See also Trivia

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