Sheila E. recently sat down with Billboard to talk about her most memorable “Billboard Moment,” which she says was the moment her song “The Glamorous Life” peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1984.
Sheila E. told Billboard that when "The Glamorous Life" hit the charts, it meant a lot to her because her record company wanted her to release "The Belle of St. Mark" as the first single.
"I really thought and believed that & # 39; Glamorous Life & # 39; should be the first single," she says. “We didn't know many women, if anything, during that period of 1984 that… would be playing timbale. … I highlighted a lot of percussion in [& # 39; Glamorous Life & # 39;]. It was a dance floor. I was able to play a solo and thought it was important to show me as an artist and when it came to the charts it was a moment to remember. "
Thinking back then, Sheila E. also remembers the unforgettable moment when she first heard the song on the radio. At the time, she was back in Los Angeles for rehearsal after touring.
As she drove her red Mercedes down Sunset Boulevard, she turned left into her favorite diner – which she and Prince used to go to – and had an accident, just like "The Glamorous Life" was playing the radio.
"It was the first time I heard the song," she says. “I got hit in the car while my single played on the radio. Then I get out of the car, make sure the guy is fine. He said, "I'm fine, are you okay?" And I said, "Yes, I'm fine … By the way, this is my song playing on the radio!"
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