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single art for 777-9311
Song details
Performer: The Time
First Released: 30 July 1982 - 777-9311 single
Album(s): None
Writer(s): Prince (credited to Morris Day)
Producer(s): Prince (credited to The Starr Company and Morris Day)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
  • This track is not believed to have been performed live by Prince or The Time
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:
  • none

Grace was released as the b-side of 777-9311, the first single from The Time’s second album What Time Is It?. The song uses the musical backing of 777-9311 as its basis, with a staged interview between Morris Day and a fictitious journalist known played by Bridgette Harrington, the secretary of Prince’s accountant, overlaid. The song was written and produced by Prince, although the song is officially credited to Morris Day.

Morris Day insists on calling the interviewer "Grace" throughout, giving the track’s title.

While specific recording dates are not known, basic tracking of 777-9311 took place in May-June 1982 at Prince’s Kiowa Trail Home Studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota (during the same set of sessions that produced Onedayi’mgonnabesomebody, I Don’t Wanna Leave You, and several other tracks that were released over the next several years).

It is likely that the interview portion was recorded soon after, also at Prince’s Kiowa Trail Home Studio, although this is unconfirmed.

The track is not related to the Prince-written track of the same name, Grace, recorded in 2015. See Grace for details of that track.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
May-June 1982 Kiowa Trail Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Tracking of 777-9311
June-July 1982 Kiowa Trail Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Interview overdubs
Recording Personnel
  • Morris Day - vocals
  • Bridgette Harrington - vocals
  • Prince - all instruments (uncredited)

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Grace 2:37 777-9311 single Studio

Additional Information

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