|By Mark Speck (126.96.36.199) on Sunday, August 03, 2003 - 11:01 pm:|
A few weeks ago, while I was hanging out at one of my karaoke haunts, a guy went up and sang the Prince song "Seven".
I couldn't help but notice the writer credits on the screen when the song ended. They read Prince-J. McCracklin-L. Fulsom.
I strongly DOUBT that Prince joined forces with Jimmy McCracklin and Lowell Fulsom to write that song. Now I know that those two blues greats wrote a few things together, so my question is this: did Prince base that song "Seven" on one of their compositions (thus necessitating the addition of their names to the writer credits)?
This has been bugging me ever since I saw it. Anybody explain this one?
|By Fred (188.8.131.52) on Monday, August 04, 2003 - 01:14 am:|
The original version of the song (1992) contains a sample of "Tramp." Whoever has their publishing held out for co-writer credits when Prince asked for clearance. Probably one of Jimmy and Lowell's bigger paydays.
|By Mark Speck (184.108.40.206) on Friday, August 08, 2003 - 11:35 am:|
Thanks, Fred! I knew you'd come through!!
|By KevGo (220.127.116.11) on Friday, August 08, 2003 - 12:16 pm:|
Listen closely to the bassline in the song, especially between Prince's acapella intro and the first verse. As Fred indicated, it is "Tramp" by Lowell Fulsom - which he recorded for Kent Records (no relation to Britain's Ace/Kent).
Lowell's "Tramp" has been sampled many times. Besides Prince, the rap group Cypress Hill sampled the bass-line and guitar riff from "Tramp" for their 1991 hit "How I Could Just Kill A Man."
Kevin Goins - KevGo