Ready for the World

Oh Sheila

Composed by Gerald Valentine / Gordon Strozier / Melvin Riley

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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.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Ready for the World 1985 MCA / Universal 4:00
No Image 1991 MCA
Oh Sheila! Ready for the World's Greatest Hits 1993 MCA 4:02
80's Dance Party, Vol. 1 1994
Various Artists
SPG
Old School, Vol. 2 1994
Various Artists
Thump Records 4:01
Billboard Top Hits: 1985-1989 1995
Various Artists
Rhino 3:41
Sounds of the Eighties: 1985-1986 1995
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:40
Only Soul: 1985-1989 1996
Various Artists
Rhino / JCI Associated Labels 3:38
Old School, Vols. 1-5 1996
Various Artists
Thump Records 4:00
Shut Up and Dance! The 80's, Vol. 1 1996
Various Artists
Priority Records
Club Disco: Dance Hits 1997
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 4:02
Rock On: 1985-1989 1997
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:41
80's #1 Pop Hits 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 4:01
Club Mix: The 80's 1998
Various Artists
Cold Front Records / K-Tel Distribution 3:52
Chart Toppers: R&B Hits of the 80s 1998
Various Artists
Priority Records
The Best of the Party Zone 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:59
Hot Airplay R 'N' B: The Ultimate Collection 1998
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
80's Dance Party [4CD Set] 1999
Various Artists
SPG 6:49
Soul of the 80's, Vol. 1 1999
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:40
Let It Rock 1985 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 3:40
Jammin' Grooves 2000
Various Artists
UTV 3:59
A Year in Your Life: 1985, Vol. 2 2001
Various Artists
Definitive 3:39
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Ready for the World 2002 MCA / Universal 4:03
Hit Me With Your 80's Box 2002
Various Artists
Hip-O 4:03
Ultimate Power of Body & Soul 2002
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:40
Eighties Complete, Vol. 2 [Box] 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:02
Give It Up 2002
Various Artists
Razor & Tie 4:00
Just the Funk '80s 2002
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 4:02
#1 Soul Hits of the '80s 2004
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:40
Old School Jams, Vol. 5 2004
Various Artists
SPG 6:50
Ultimate 16: Ultimate Funk 2005
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 4:01
12"/'80s/Dance 2006
Various Artists
Family Recordings 6:48
'80s Soul Gold 2006
Various Artists
Universal Music 4:03
The Greatest Funk Hits of All Time 2006
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 4:01
Real Karaoke: Dance, Vol.1 2007
Karaoke
Singing Machine (Karaoke) 4:20
Number 1's: '80s Pop 2007
Various Artists
Hip-O / Universal 4:01
Old School, Vol. 9 2007
Various Artists
Thump Records 4:00
20th Century Masters -- The Millennium Collection: The Best of '80s R&B 2007
Various Artists
Universal 4:03
No Image 2007
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 4:02
Don't Quit Music: '80s R&B Burn & Groove 2008
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:29
Disco Giants, Vol. 4 2008
Various Artists
Masterpiece Classic / PTG 6:49
Don't Quit Music: '80s Flashback Dance Fitness (Exercise, Fitness, Workout, Aerobics, Running, Walking, Weight Lifting, Cardio, Weight Loss, Abs) 2009
Various Artists
Hip-O / Universal 3:27
20 to 1: One Hit Wonders 2009
Various Artists
Hip-O 4:04
Hip Hop, Freestyle & R&B Platinum Classics 2011
Various Artists
Big Eye / Cleopatra / X-Ray 4:01
Pearls & Treasures: R'n'B & Hi 2012
Various Artists
Black / ZYX 4:03
20 #1's: 80's Club Classics
Various Artists
Hip-O / Universal 4:02
20 #1’s: Pop
Various Artists
Universal 4:03
No Image
Various Artists
Strategic Marketing 4:03
Body By Jake: 80s Flashback Dance Fitness
Various Artists
Body By Jake 3:27
Body By Jake: 80s R&B Burn And Groove
Various Artists
Body By Jake 3:29
Disco Giants, Vol. 1-10
Various Artists
Masterpiece Classic / PTG 6:49
Old School Gold Box Set
Various Artists
Thump Records 4:00
No Image
Various Artists
MCA
The Greatest Ever: Pop Songs
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing / Wienerworld 4:03
Throwback 1980's
Various Artists
Allegro / Somerset 4:02
No Image
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:40
No Image
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
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