Ronnie, Talk To Russia

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Ronnie, Talk To Russia

from the album Controversy
Song details
Performer: Prince
First Released: 14 October 1981 - Controversy album
Album(s): Controversy
Writer(s): Prince
Producer(s): Prince
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
  • This track is not believed to have been performed live by Prince.
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:
  • none

Ronnie, Talk To Russia is the fifth track on Prince’s fourth album Controversy, and, three months after the album’s release, it was released on the b-side of Let’s Work, the album’s second single.

While specific recording dates are not known, the album sessions took place in Spring and Summer 1981, at Hollywood Sound Recorders in Los Angeles, California, after Prince cut an unfinished earlier version at his Kiowa Trail Home Studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota earlier in the year. The album was completed at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, California, between 14 and 23 August 1981.

The title and lyrics of the song refer to Ronald Reagan, the 40th President of the United States of America.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
Spring-Summer 1981 Kiowa Trail Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Tracking of initial version
Spring-Summer 1981 Hollywood Sound Recorders,
Los Angeles, CA, USA (unverified)
14 - 23 August 1981 Sunset Sound,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Overdubs, mixing
Recording Personnel

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Ronnie, Talk To Russia 1:48 Controversy Studio

Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Ronnie Talk To Russia Studio unfinished home studio recording
Additional Information

See also Trivia

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