After the runaway success of their major-label debut singles "Tonight" and "Deep Inside Your Love," Ready for the World lead singer Melvin Riley Jr. was concerned that he'd wake up one morning and find that it was all a dream. The young vocalist hadn't seen anything yet. Their third single, "Oh Sheila," would top the band's previous successes. Some thought that the title referred to singer/percussionist Sheila E., whose Prince-produced hit "The Glamorous Life" was a 1884 Top Ten R&B/pop hit. Speaking of Prince, "Oh Sheila" had the stamp of the Purple One's influence. Not surprising since Prince was at his creative and commercial zenith. Written by group members Melvin Riley Jr., lead guitarist Gordon Strozier, and drummer Gerald Valentine; remixed by MCA exec Louis Silas; and self-produced by the group, "Oh Sheila" held the number one R&B spot for four weeks and hit number one pop during the summer of 1985. Besides the aforementioned singles, the Ready for the World LP boasted "Digital Display," the edgy "Ceramic Girl," and the traveling funk of "I'm the One Who Loves You." As the 21st century began, "Oh Sheila" was included on numerous TV-advertised compilations and Melvin Riley Jr. had two solo albums in print.