BEHIND THE GROOVES: a music blog by Jeff Harris

On this day in music history: September 10, 1980 - “Uptown” by Prince is released. Written and produced by Prince, it is issued as the first single from his third album “Dirty Mind”. The songs’ lyrics address issues of racism, intolerance, and uses the concept of “Uptown” as utopia where none of those things exist, and a place where people are free to be who they are. ‘Uptown” also makes reference to an area in Minneapolis where the city’s musicians and artists hang out. The song is recorded in Prince’s home studio in Minneapolis on a 16-track multitrack tape machine in the Spring of 1980. Originally intended to only be a demo recording, Prince’s managers will tell him that the song is great and to release it as is. “Uptown” will peak at #5 on the Billboard R&B chart and #101 Bubbling Under on the Hot 100. The song will become a fan favorite, and is played on numerous Prince tours over the years. ”Uptown” will also become the name of a long running Prince fan magazine featuring articles and photos of the musician.

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