Paris 1798430 is the ninth track (seventh song) on Tevin Campbell’s second album I’m Ready. The song was written and produced by Prince under the pseudonym Paisley Park.
While specific recording dates are not known, basic tracking took place in September 1992 at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota (along with Down, Holly Don’t Care, The P, The Halls Of Desire, Uncle Sam and a revamped version of Shhh, when Prince became involved in Tevin Campbell’s album I’m Ready).
Eric Leeds and Atlanta Bliss are credited for 'hornz' on the released version, but do not appear. The horns on this song as it was released are in fact done by The Hornheadz (at the time Michael B. Nelson, Kathy Jensen, Dave Jensen Brian Gallagher and Steve Strand). It is likely that Leeds and Bliss did record a horn arrangement for it, but it was discarded in favor of The Hornheadz arrangement.
The title refers to a Paris (France) phone number (similar to 777-9311), although it’s not known if this phone number was genuine. The version that was initially recorded both with Prince’s and Tevin Campbell’s vocals added an extra digit; 2, at the end of the song’s title. The song was also copyrighted as Paris 17984302 initially, later changed to omit the 2 at the end, like in the released version. Why the last digit was omitted is unknown.
It is possible that Prince also recorded the 0:29 Interlude which introduces the album version of this song (the album’s interludes, common in Prince’s projects at the time, preceded Prince’s tracks only), but this is unconfirmed, so it is not included here.