Sheila E. Remembers Private Life With Prince, Wild ‘Purple Rain’ Parties

The day before Prince’s birthday, there’s an audible crackle to Sheila E.’s smooth voice. The legendary drummer said she’s been up all night polishing her new cover of “America” so it would be ready in time for what would have been Prince’s birthday.

“Prince wrote the song in response to America bombing Libya,” Sheila said, a sadness behind her voice. “America” was the Reagan-era B side

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