Rock Steady

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Rock Steady

from the album Indigo Nights
Song details
Performer: Támar Davis featuring Prince; Prince featuring Beverley Knight
First Released: 18 March 2006 - NPG Music Club audio stream (Támar featuring Prince version)

30 September 2008 - Indigo Nights album (Prince featuring Beverley Knight version)

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

Rock Steady, a cover version of the Aretha Franklin song released as a single in 1971 (and included on her 1972 album Young, Gifted And Black), was streamed as a live track by Támar featuring Prince in the NPG Music Club’s Glam Slam VIP room in March 2006. In 2008, a 2007 live recording was included as the eighth track on Prince’s fourth live album Indigo Nights, with lead vocals by Beverley Knight.

The song was played live regularly from 2006-7, with Támar Davis, Shelby J. or guest vocalists such as Beverley Knight handling lead vocals each time. The 2006 recording comes from the 25 February 2006, Orpheum Theatre, Minneapolis, MN, USA show on the Támar Tour, on which Prince primarily played guitar (a live recording of Partyman / It’s Alright also comes from this show). The album recording comes from the 22 September 2007 (a.m.) aftershow following the final night of 21 Nights In London : The Earth Tour, and was recorded at the The IndigO2 in London, England (several other songs from this show are also included on the album). The album version also contains uncredited bassline instrumentation from Whole Lotta Love, which was played next in the show (and appears next on the CD) - it is not known if bass guitarist Josh Dunham played this intentionally or in error (since it was next on the setlist), and it was not played on other live renditions.

A drum loop from Aretha Franklin’s original version of Rock Steady (played by Bernard Purdie) was previously sampled and used throughout Daddy Pop, released in 1991.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
22 September 2007 (a.m.) The IndigO2,
London, England
Live recording (Prince featuring Beverley Knight version)
Recording Personnel

Prince featuring Beverly Knight version

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Rock Steady 6:37 Indigo Nights Live 22 September 2007 (a.m.): 3121 at The IndigO2, London, England; includes Whole Lotta Love interpolation (uncredited)
Broadcasts/streaming (only)
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Rock Steady 4:53 NPG Music Club Glam Slam VIP audio stream Live 25 February 2006, Orpheum Theatre, Minneapolis, MN, USA
Rock Steady 4:27 3121 Radio audio stream Live (same as above with a shorter intro) 25 February 2006, Orpheum Theatre, Minneapolis, MN, USA
Sampled, Referred to, Quoted in...
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Daddy Pop 5:16 Diamonds And Pearls

Sexy M.F. single

Studio Samples drum loop from Aretha Franklin’s Rock Steady (played by Bernard Purdie)
Additional Information

See also Trivia

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