"Thirty-eight years of him and I being together, there's just so many memories good and bad," she said.

"It's a pit in my stomach and I'm sad and then try to think of something that made me laugh so I can stop hurting." What memories make her laugh?

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Mark", "Sister Fate", and "A Love Bizarre" with the latter becoming one of her signature songs.

She is commonly referred to as The Queen of Percussion. is the daughter of Juanita Gardere, a dairy factory worker, and percussionist Pete Escovedo, with whom she frequently performs.

It was “somewhere in the middle of Europe” in 1987 that Prince spun around half way into “Purple Rain” and mouthed to his drummer, “Marry Me? finally confirms in glorious detail the long-swirling rumors that she and His Purple Majesty actually had been engaged. “For the rest of that year my relationship with Prince was a dream ...

In her new memoir “The Beat of My Own Drum,” Sheila E. “He blew me a kiss, turned to the audience, and took the most amazing guitar solo ever,” she writes of the moment she made Prince a happy man.

"You're playing and you close your eyes and you don't realize that there are other people in the room.

I opened my eyes and at that same moment he turned around because musically we had hit a place where we were at a high, and he proposed to me." The 58-year-old musician said she was coping with the loss of her former fiance — the two never married, but had a long collaboration — by trying to remember some of the more amusing times with Prince.We were with each other all day and all night, so if he was fooling around on me, he would have had to be quick about it.” Sheila Escovedo, the daughter of Latin percussionist Peter Escovedo, was just making a name for herself as a woman who could pound a hot beat when she bought a ticket to see Prince in concert in 1978 in San Carlos, Calif.After the show, she walked in on him in his dressing room as he was combing out his long, straight hair.But he also enjoyed dalliances with celebrities throughout the 80s and 90s, including Madonna, Kim Basinger, Sherilyn Fenn, Vanessa Marcil, Susanna Hoffs and Tara Leigh Patrick - who later renamed herself Carmen Electra, as per Prince's suggestion.Protege: Prince and Vanity on a 1983 Rolling Stone cover (right).Before she could introduce herself, he interrupted her. The two started hanging out, often jamming in her bedroom equipped as a mini-recording studio. Santana’s wife left him and Escovedo couldn’t deal with being a homewrecker. Though the relationship with Prince remained platonic, he didn’t stop wooing her.