Edith And The Kingpin

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Edith And The Kingpin

from the album River: The Joni Letters
Song details
Performer: Herbie Hancock
First Released: 25 September 2007 - River: The Joni Letters album
Album(s): River: The Joni Letters
Writer(s): Joni Mitchell
Producer(s): Herbie Hancock and Larry Klein
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
  • This track is not known to have been performed by Prince
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:
  • none

Edith and the Kingpin is the second track on Herbie Hancock’s 2007 album River: The Joni Letters on which he covers and pays tribute to Joni Mitchell. The song originally appeared on Mitchell’s 1975 album The Hissing of Summer Lawns. This 2007 cover features Tina Turner, and has an uncredited guitar part by Prince.

It is not clear where and when Prince contributed his part. In 2016, Kat Dyson said that Herbie Hancock and Prince met on 20 March 2005 during the 36th NAACP Image Awards ceremony afterparty thrown by Prince at his rented 3121 Antelo Rd. rented house in Los Angeles, California to discuss this idea. It is likely that the recording took place shortly afterwards. It is not known if Prince’s guitar part was recorded before or after Tina Turner’s vocals which were recorded at the NJP Studios AG, in Zürich, Switzerland

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
Spring 2005 (assumed) Avatar Studio,
New York, NY, USA (assumed)
Spring 2005 (assumed) NJP Studios AG,
Zürich, Switzerland
Tina Turner vocal recording
Spring 2005 (assumed) Unknown, possibly Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
or 3121 Antelo Rd.,
Los Angeles, CA, USA (assumed)
Prince guitar part recording
Recording Personnel

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Edith And The Kingpin 6:34 River: The Joni Letters Studio

Additional Information

See also Trivia

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