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Sheila Escovedo, 12 December 1957, Oakland, California, USA, Sheila E. came to prominence as a solo artist in 1984 but had been playing conga drums since the age of three. Her father, Pete Escovedo, worked briefly with Santana and led the Latin-jazz fusion band Azteca, with which Sheila sat in while in high school. She briefly gave up the idea of a musical career but eventually left school to join her fathers band, appearing on two of his albums for Fantasy Records. She was discovered by Prince in 1984 and appeared as a vocalist on his Erotic City, the b-side of the US number 1 Lets Go Crazy. With that exposure she was able to sign a solo record contract with Warner Brothers Records; her debut was Sheila E. In The Glamorous Life. The album yielded the US Top 10 single of the same name and the UK Top 20 hit, The Belle Of St. Mark. Her follow-up, Sheila E. In Romance 1600, appeared on Princes Paisley Park label in...