Oh Sheila

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"Oh Sheila"
Single by Ready for the World
from the album Ready for the World
Released September 17, 1985
Format 7" single, 12" single
Genre Electro, funk
Length 3:36
Label MCA
Writer(s) Melvin Riley, Jr.
Gordon Strozier
Gerald Valentine
Producer(s) Ready for the World
Ready for the World singles chronology
"Deep Inside Your Love"
(1985)
"Oh Sheila"
(1985)
"Digital Display"
(1985)

"Oh Sheila" is a 1985 single by Ready for the World. The song went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100, the Hot Black Singles and the Hot Dance Club Play charts.[1] It was the first of two chart toppers for the band on the Billboard R&B chart, preceding their 1986 number-one R&B hit, "Love You Down".

The song is also notable for being commonly misattributed to Prince, due to its similarity in vocal and musical style, as well as the belief that the song's lyrics allude to Sheila E.[2] Ready for the World's Melvin Riley denied any connection with the two artists, stating that the subject of the song was a fictional character.

Track listing[edit]

7" vinyl version
  1. "Oh Sheila" — 3:36
  2. "I'm the One Who Loves You" — 3:20
12" vinyl version
  1. "Oh Sheila" — 6:48
  2. "Oh Sheila (Dubstramental)" — 4:00
  3. "Oh Sheila (A cappella)" — 3:54

Chart performance[edit]

Angel City version: Love Me Right (Oh Sheila)[edit]

"Love Me Right (Oh Sheila)"
Single by Angel City featuring Lara McAllen
from the album Love Me Right
Released March 19, 1999 (1999-03-19)
October 27, 2003 (2003-10-27)
Format CD single, 12" single
Recorded 1999
Genre Eurodance[19]
Length 3:13
Label Data Records

In 1999, Dutch dance duo Angel City covered the song, featuring vocals by British singer Lara McAllen. The song was widely released as the lead single in 1999 and 2003 from the band's 2005 album, Love Me Right. Angel City's version retains the verses from the original song but changes the chorus.

"Love Me Right (Oh Sheila)" reached number 11 on the UK Singles Chart and number 95 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, becoming their first charting single in the latter. The single also charted in Belgium and the Netherlands.

Chart performance[edit]