Prince would fly in to join her on the Richie tour, and back in Los Angeles she hung out with him in his Sunset Boulevard recording studio.
It was “somewhere in the middle of Europe” in 1987 that Prince spun around half way into “Purple Rain” and mouthed to his drummer, “Marry Me? finally confirms in glorious detail the long-swirling rumors that she and His Purple Majesty actually had been engaged. “For the rest of that year my relationship with Prince was a dream ...
In her new memoir “The Beat of My Own Drum,” Sheila E. “He blew me a kiss, turned to the audience, and took the most amazing guitar solo ever,” she writes of the moment she made Prince a happy man.
We were with each other all day and all night, so if he was fooling around on me, he would have had to be quick about it.” Sheila Escovedo, the daughter of Latin percussionist Peter Escovedo, was just making a name for herself as a woman who could pound a hot beat when she bought a ticket to see Prince in concert in 1978 in San Carlos, Calif.
After the show, she walked in on him in his dressing room as he was combing out his long, straight hair.
Before she could introduce herself, he interrupted her. The two started hanging out, often jamming in her bedroom equipped as a mini-recording studio. Santana’s wife left him and Escovedo couldn’t deal with being a homewrecker. Though the relationship with Prince remained platonic, he didn’t stop wooing her.
Escovedo wasn’t ready to take things further — she was still hurting from an earlier relationship with Carlos Santana, who she had fallen in love with as an 18-year-old. On what would be Marvin Gaye’s final tour, “Sexual Healing,” Escovedo was met by a bouquet of flowers from Prince every night in her hotel room.She was back home rehearsing with Lionel Richie for his upcoming tour when she learned Gaye’s father had shot him dead.Escovedo writes that there were “dark omens” on the road, but nothing to prepare her for something like that.She signed a contract with Prince’s production company and he masterminded her first album, “The Glamorous Life.” For the video, she debuted her new full-out sexy persona, big hair and a leopard print bustier. Escovedo and her newly formed band went on to open for Prince on his Purple Rain tour. Escovedo writes that she had always been disturbed by “the harem” around him, but working and playing together day in, night out, proved too much.They tried to keep it on the down low, but people knew.She also starred in the hip-hop cult movie, “Krush Groove,” with Blair Underwood.