Got To Be Something Here

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Got To Be Something Here

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from the album The Lewis Conection
Song details
Performer: The Lewis Connection
First Released: 1979 - The Lewis Conection album
Album(s): The Lewis Conection
Writer(s): Sonny Thompson
Producer(s): Pierre Lewis and André Lewis
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

Got To Be Something Here is the fourth track on Minneapolis-area band The Lewis Connection’s first and only album The Lewis Conection, featuring Prince on guitar. The Lewis Connection is an alternate name for the band The Family led by Sonny Thompson in the 1970’s (and which is unrelated to the band produced by Prince in the 1980’s The Family). The track was written by Sonny Thompson (who would become a member of the New Power Generation many years later), and produced by brothers Pierre and André Lewis.

Basic tracking took place in late 1976 at Sound 80, Minneapolis, Minnesota (during the same session that produced Stone Lover with the same musicians). Prince played on these tracks to raise money for his first New York trip in the autumn of 1976.

Got To Be Something Here was planned to be the B-side of the Stone Lover single, released under the moniker MLF (but is actually an alternate name for The Lewis Connection / The Family), but the band chose to cut Stone Lover into two parts for both sides.

Either this track or Stone Lover released around the same time (it’s not clear which was released first), marks the first time Prince appeared on a release by another artist, on a track he did not write (although earlier recordings by 94 East were released later). It also marks the first release of a collaboration between Prince and Sonny Thompson (recorded almost 13 years before Diamonds And Pearls, the next released collaboration).

In 2013, both Stone Lover and Got To Be Something Here were included on the Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound compilation.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
Late 1976 Sound 80, Minneapolis, MN, USA Tracking
Recording Personnel
  • Sonny Thompson - lead vocals and bass guitar
  • Pierre Lewis - keyboards and flute
  • Joe Lewis - drums
  • Prince - guitar and background vocals
  • Randy Barber - background vocals
  • Bill Perry - tenor saxophone
  • Jeffery Tresvant - trumpet

Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Got To Be Something Here 4:12 The Lewis Conection

Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound

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Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • The track marks the first time Prince appeared on a release by another artist, on a track he did not write (although earlier recordings by 94 East were released later).
  • It also marks the first release of a collaboration between Prince and Sonny Thompson (recorded almost 13 years before Diamonds And Pearls, the next released collaboration).

References
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