Breaking Down the Great Covers of Prince’s “I Feel For You”

Summer school is officially in session. So I’m handing out grades for five different takes on Prince’s “I Feel For You” from 1979-1984 including versions by the Pointer Sisters (played by Nate Watts), Chaka Khan (played by Reggie Griffin), and others as well as, of course, the man himself.

Let’s dive deep into what might be Prince’s most covered song and find out which one gets an ‘A’ in my class!

Here’s the breakdown for this episode:

  • 00:00 Intro
  • 01:04 Prince’s Version
  • 02:19 Pointer Sisters
  • 03:57 Mary Wells
  • 5:00 Chaka Khan
  • 06:46 Rebbie Jackson
  • 08:04 Outro

Paul Thompson has been playing bass professionally for over 30 years, including recording and touring stints with trumpeter Maynard Ferguson and saxophonist Stanley Turrentine. Recent playing credits include Bob Reynolds, John Pizzarelli, Jeff 'Tain' Watts, and Bob James, among others. Currently, he can be seen playing in and around the Pittsburgh, PA area with the THOTH Trio, the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra, and many other musicians in the city's rich Jazz community. An educator of over 25 years, Paul currently teaches Jazz Bass at Duquesne University, West Virginia University, and his alma mater, Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 Performing Arts School.

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