Prince's cover of The Stylistics' 'Betcha By Golly Wow!' off of "Emancipation"
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The video for Prince’s cover of The Stylistics’ “Betcha by Golly Wow!” captures a bittersweet time in the artist’s life. It was created around the time that he learned that his new wife, Mayte Garcia, was pregnant, and it depicts Prince rushing to the hospital to join Mayte and celebrate the happy news.
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Tragically, Prince and Mayte’s baby would pass away shortly after being born in the fall of 1996, at the same time that Prince (then identified only by his unpronounceable symbol) was emerging as an independent artist with his ambitious triple album, Emancipation. Many of the songs from Emancipation find Prince reflecting on this tender period of personal transformation and examining his new role as husband and father, including “Let’s Have a Baby,” “Friend, Lover, Sister, Mother/Wife,” and a selection of covers like “Betcha By Golly Wow!”
As Prince says during the spoken-word interlude of the song, “Baby, sometimes a man can't find words to express all the things he feels inside / But every just so often, the words of another who's truly in love seem to work out fine.”
“Betcha by Golly Wow!” was the first single to be released from Emancipation. The video was shot on set at Paisley Park in October 1996, and stars Prince, Mayte, a cast of dancers, and the 19-year-old gymnast Dominique Dawes, who had just received a gold medal at the Summer Olympics as part of the women’s team known as “The Magnificent Seven.”
Years later, Dominique Dawes would look back fondly on the three days she spent at Paisley Park with Prince shooting the video, and how welcoming he was to her — going so far as to personally mix her a cup of hot cocoa when she arrived. “He took me to his kitchen, and he literally was mixing me up Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate. You’re thinking, doesn’t he have people to do that?” she told NBC Sports. “I can’t say just how talented and how kind he was. He was like any other person, just down to earth.”
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