Cindy C.

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Cindy C.

from the album “The Black Album”
Song details
Performer: Prince
First Released: 22 November 1994 - “The Black Album” album
Album(s): “The Black Album”
Writer(s): Prince (music and lyrics), Steve Hurley (rap, uncredited)
Producer(s): Prince
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

Cindy C. is the second song on Prince’s sixteenth album “The Black Album” (originally planned for release as his tenth album, albeit with no artist credit).

While specific recording dates are not known, basic tracks were recorded in March 1987 at Prince’s Galpin Blvd Home Studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota (during the same set of sessions that produced Dead On It). After “The Black Album” was initially canceled, the track was broadcast on 9 December 1989 as part of The New Power Generation Radio Show, hosted by Prince (under the name Me, Myself and I) with Robin Power, Ingrid Chavez and Levi Seacer, Jr.
The track’s title refers to supermodel Cindy Crawford. Cat’s rap in the song (later reused in an unreleased version of Positivity), was taken from J.M. Silk’s 1985 track Music Is The Key, although Prince was unaware of this at the time (he removed it from Positivity when he found out, but it is included here as a quote from Cindy C. as Prince was unaware of its origins at the time of its use).

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
March 1987 Galpin Blvd Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Recording Personnel
  • Prince - all vocals and instruments, except where noted
  • Eric Leeds - saxophone (uncredited)
  • Atlanta Bliss - trumpet (uncredited)
  • Sheila E. - background vocals (uncredited)
  • Boni Boyer - background vocals (uncredited)
  • Cat - background vocals, rap (uncredited)
  • Jill Jones - background vocals (uncredited, unconfirmed)

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Cindy C. 6:14 “The Black Album” Studio

Sampled, Referred to, Quoted in...
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Positivity Studio Original recording from 11 December 1987 including Cat’s rap from Cindy C.
Baby Don’t Care Studio A sample of Boni Boyer’s voice is used
Additional Information

See also Trivia

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