In this song, Prince addresses the actress Salma Hayek's infant daughter Valentina Paloma Pinault. In December 2005, Hayek directed a music video for Prince's song "Te Amo Corazon."
The song makes a clever reference to the actress Penelope Cruz: "If Penelope wants to cruise there ain't no way that we ain't gon' dance."
In 2007, People magazine called Cruz "Prince's #1 Fan" because of the enthusiasm she showed during an intimate performance by Prince. The Purple One abandoned the stage during "I Never Loved a Man" to sit next to the excited actress and strum his guitar.
Karenina from ArgentinaIn fact, the song was released in the album 3121 in 2006, and Salma's daughter Valentina was born later, September in 2007. I suppose she was pregnant with her daughter at that time, but she confirmed "he wrote a song about me, for my daughter, when she wasn't still here". You can watch the interview on YouTube, look for"Salma Hayek Pinault’s Fave Memory of Prince | WWHL".
Carla Thomas became the first woman to achieve a Top 10 hit on the Hot 100 with a song she wrote herself when "Gee Whiz (Look At His Eyes)" reached the chart's top tier in 1961. Thomas was just 16-years-old when she penned it.
The lyrics for "Mary, Did You Know?" were written by Christian singer and comedian Mark Lowry, after his pastor asked him to write a Christmas musical for their church. Southern gospel musician Buddy Greene later added music to his words.