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Holly Rock

Krush Groove
from the movie soundtrack Krush Groove
Originals album artwork
from the album Originals
Holly Rock
single art for Holly Rock
Song details
Performer: Sheila E.; Prince
First Released: 30 September 1985 - Krush Groove album
7 June 2019 - Originals album (Prince version)
Album(s): Krush Groove
Writer(s): Prince (credited to Sheila E.)
Producer(s): Prince (credited to Sheila E. on Krush Groove)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:

Holly Rock by Sheila E. is the sixth track (and only Prince-related track) on the movie soundtrack Krush Groove, the soundtrack album to the movie Krush Groove, and, nine months after the album’s release, Holly Rock was released as the album’s fifth single.

Basic tracking took place on 24 April 1985 at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, California (four days before All My Dreams and Kiss). Parts of the lyrics were revamped from the unreleased The Family song Feline.

In 2019, Prince’s own version was released as the eighth track on the posthumous album Originals. An animated video cartoon was streamed although the song was not released as a single.

Prince also uses the term "Holly Rock" in Dream Factory, which was recorded later in 1985. Hollyrock is the name used for Hollywood in the TV cartoon series The Flintstones, which may have inspired the track. Furthermore the lyrics mention Toy Box a song recorded for Sheila E. in January 1985, still unreleased at the time of recording.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
24 April 1985 Sunset Sound - Studio 3,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Tracking, overdubs, mix
25 April 1985 Sunset Sound - Studio 3,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Overdubs (including saxophone and additional vocals), mix, edit
4 December 1985 Sunset Sound - Studio 3,
Hollywood, CA, USA
edit Prince did not attend this session)
Recording Personnel

Sheila E. version

Prince version (on Originals)

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Holly Rock 4:56 Krush Groove Studio
Holly Rock (Edit) 3:58 Holly Rock single Edit
Holly Rock (Extended Version) 6:35 Holly Rock single Extended version Original full-length version
Holly Rock 6:39 Originals Prince vocal version, 2019 remix Released in 2019
Holly Rock 3:56 Streaming & video Prince vocal version Edit of the above
Video Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Holly Rock 4:04 Krush Groove VHS/DVD Performance from the Krush Groove movie; see Holly Rock video for details
Holly Rock 4:30 Sheila E.: Live Romance 1600 VHS/laserdisc Live 8 March 1986, Warfield Theater, San Francisco, CA; see Holly Rock video for details
Hollyrock ?:?? "Summer Tour 2012 (Raw And Real / Live In Lugano Switzerland)" DVD Live 5 July 2012, Lugano, Switzerland
Holly Rock 3:47 Streaming Prince version
Broadcasts/streaming (only)
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Holly Rock T.B.C. Live concert TV broadcast Live 7 June 1986, Cobo Arena, Detroit, MI, USA
Sampled, Referred to, Quoted in...
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Dead On It 4:37 “The Black Album” album Studio Samples a line from Holly Rock; see Dead On It for details
Dream Factory 3:06 Crystal Ball album Studio Refers to "Holly Rock"; see Dream Factory for details
Additional Information

See also Trivia

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