So, I ADORE TV One’s music documentary series “Unsung.” It is a staple on my DVR. I’ve been saving percussionist and Prince collaborator Sheila E.‘s episode for weeks (it premiered in February), and I finally watched it.
I really enjoyed it. There were great anecdotes, especially about her duet with Prince on “Erotic City.” I’d always assumed they were saying “funk;” it’s interesting that it was so controversial back in the ’80s (some radio stations still censor the song, and TV One also utilized “bleeps” during the show).
“There were some words in the song that I thought that ‘I can’t say that.’ So I didn’t, and he [Prince] said it.” — Sheila E.
I’ve read about Sheila’s relationship with Prince, and Howard Bloom talked a little bit about it during our interview, but I hadn’t heard Sheila talk about it until this documentary. I was surprised to hear her admit that they “fell in love.”
Like “Hollywood Exes,” the documentary provided some nice quotes for my book. They aren’t about Prince’s spirituality, but they will serve as a good foundation for Prince and Sheila’s professional and personal relationship. Of course I would love to speak with her one day, but we’ll see…
Speaking of spirituality, Sheila talked about her own faith. I’m fascinated by the amount of Prince’s family members, friends and colleagues who have had their own spiritual journeys. That is something that I am addressing in the book.
Enjoy a bonus clip featuring Sheila E. from TV One’s website below:
What did you think of Sheila E.’s “Unsung” episode?
Also, who else wants the “Unsung” series released on DVD?