Tip O’ My Tongue

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Tip O’ My Tongue

Inthestorm album.jpg
from the album In The Storm
Song details
Performer: El DeBarge
First Released: 17 March 1992 - In The Storm album
Album(s): In The Storm
Writer(s): Kirk Johnson and Prince (as Paisley Park)
Producer(s): El DeBarge and Maurice White
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

Tip O’ My Tongue is the ninth track (sixth song) on El DeBarge’s third solo album In The Storm. The track was written by Kirk Johnson and Prince (who used the name Paisley Park), but was re-recorded by DeBarge’s own musicians for release, produced by El DeBarge and Maurice White (who would later record and produce Super Hero as part of Earth Wind And Fire).

While specific recording dates are not known, basic tracking of Prince’s original version took place in early April 1991 at Larrabee Sound Studios in North Hollywood, California (while Prince also continued work on the Carmen Electra album).

El DeBarge’s version was recorded later in 1991 or in early 1992 at Studio 89, North Hollywood, California, with additional recording at Ignited Studios, Hollywood, California.

The track contains a repeated sample of horns playing a portion of In The Mood (written by Joe Garland, Glenn Miller and Andy Razaf, released as a single by Glenn Miller in 1939).

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
Early April 1991 Larrabee Sound Studios,
North Hollywood, CA, USA
Mid-1991 - early 1992 Studio 89,
North Hollywood, CA, USA
Re-recording (El DeBarge version)
Mid-1991 - early 1992 Ignited Studios,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Additional recording (El DeBarge version)
Recording Personnel

El DeBarge version

  • El DeBarge - lead vocals, background vocals, piano
  • Keith Crouch - drums, keybass, background vocals (as part of "The Juice Crew")
  • Nathan East - bass guitar
  • Al McKay - guitar
  • Unknown musicians - sampled horns
  • James DeBarge - background vocals
  • Jimmy Abney - background vocals (as part of "The Juice Crew")
  • Andrew Brown - background vocals (as part of "The Juice Crew")
  • Kenneth Crouch - background vocals (as part of "The Juice Crew")

Prince version

  • Prince - all vocals and instruments, except where noted
  • Other recording personnel not known

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Tip O’ My Tongue 5:00 In The Storm Studio

Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Tip O’ My Tongue Studio Prince’s original version, recorded early April 1991
Additional Information

See also Trivia

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