Technically, the raspy 1983 Wild Heart dance track "Stand Back," was written by Stevie Nicks herself – but Nicks has said it "belongs" to Prince.
She likes to tell its origin story: It was the
day of her wedding, she and her new husband Kim Anderson were driving
North to Santa Barbara for their honeymoon when she heard "Little Red
Corvette" for the first time. She wrote "Stand Back" start to finish
that day, humming along to the Prince single.
When she later went to
record the song, she called to tell him the story. Twenty minutes later
the Purple One showed up at her studio.
He "walked over to the
synthesizers that were set up, was absolutely brilliant for about 25
minutes and then left," she later told Timothy White.
"He spoiled me for every band I've ever had because nobody can exactly
recreate – not even with two piano players – what Prince did all by his