I Feel For You

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I Feel For You

from the album Prince

single art for I Feel For You (2019)
Song details
Performer: Prince
First Released: 19 October 1979 - Prince album
Album(s): Prince

The Hits 1
The Hits / The B-Sides

Writer(s): Prince
Producer(s): Prince
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
Performed occasionally in shows:

I Feel For You is the eighth track on Prince’s second album Prince. Prince did not release it as a single at the time, but four years later it became a worldwide hit when performed by soul singer Chaka Khan (with whom Prince would work many years later).

In 1993, the track was included as the fourth track on Prince’s first compilation album The Hits 1 (also included as the first disc of The Hits / The B-Sides).

In 2019 an acoustic demo version from late 1978 or early 1979, with just Prince accompanying himself on acoustic guitar, was released as a stand alone digital track and as a limited-run ’made-to-order' 7" purple vinyl single (with orders taken for seven days from 18 October 2019) to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Prince album.

An early more fleshed out version of the song was recorded in February 1978 at Music Farm Studios in New York, NY, USA, around the same time as of sessions led by Pepé Willie intended for Tony Silvester, leader of the group The Main Ingredient to use as demos for Little Anthony and the Imperials, who he wanted to produce (the one-day session also produced Thrill You Or Kill You, With You and André Cymone’s original version of Do Me, Baby).

While specific recording dates for the album version are not known, the album sessions took place from late April to late May 1979 at Alpha Studios in Burbank, California. Overdubs and mixing took place at Hollywood Sound Recorders in Los Angeles, California. The liner notes on The Hits 1 (also on The Hits / The B-Sides), written by Alan Leeds, state that I Feel For You was a "demo written 4 the Patrice Rushen project. PRN tended 2 write more Top 40 when writing 4 other artists." Patrice Rushen has worked with Prince on the song Baby in late 1977. I Feel For You may have been offered for her fourth album (released in October 1978) or Pizzazz (released just four days after Prince’s second album). Rushen did not re-recorded her own version of the song however.

I Wanna Be Your Lover was also written about and for her.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
February 1978 Music Farm Studios,
New York, NY, USA
Preliminary version
December 1978 / January 1979 (estimate) France Avenue Home Studio (assumed) Tracking
April - May 1979 Alpha Studios,
Burbank, CA, USA
30 May 1979 Hollywood Sound Recorders,
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Overdubs, mixing onto re-recording
Recording Personnel

Released (Album) Version

  • Prince - all vocals and instruments

Released (Acoustic Demo) Version

Unreleased Version

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
I Feel For You 3:24 Prince

I Wanna Be Your Lover
The Hits 1
The Hits / The B-Sides

I Feel For You (Acoustic Demo) 4:31 I Feel For You single
Demo Released posthumously
Broadcasts/streaming (only)
Title Length Released Version Additional info
I Feel For You TBC Delayed performance TV broadcast Live 2 March 2004, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, NBC Studios, Burbank, CA; includes clips of A Love Bizarre and The Glamorous Life
I Feel For You TBC Delayed awards show performance TV broadcast Live 15 March 2004, 19th Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony, Waldorf Astoria, New York, NY; includes clips of A Love Bizarre and The Glamorous Life
I Feel For You TBC Live concert TV broadcast Live 21 September 2007, The O2 Arena, London, England
I Feel For You (intro) - Controversy TBC Live performance TV broadcast Live 14 October 2009, Le Grand Journal, Studios Rive Gauche, Paris, France; aborted intro only
Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
I Feel For You Studio Recorded in February 1978
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • Interestingly, I Feel For You is credited to Percy Begonia in a handwritten lyric sheet. This pseudonym was also mentioned on the lyric sheets for Soft And Wet (1976/1977 album version) and Go (1985) but never used publicly.

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