Dear Michaelangelo

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Dear Michaelangelo

from the album Romance 1600
Originals album artwork
from the album Originals
Song details
Performer: Sheila E.; Prince
First Released: 12 August 1985 - Bedtime Story single
7 June 2019 - Originals album (Prince version)
Album(s): Romance 1600
Writer(s): Prince (credited to Sheila E.)
Producer(s): Prince (credited to Sheila E. on Romance 1600)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
  • This track is not believed to have been performed live by Prince
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:
  • none

Dear Michaelangelo is the second track on Sheila E.’s second album Romance 1600, and, two weeks before the album’s release, was included as the b-side of Bedtime Story, the album’s second single.

Basic tracking took place on 5 January 1985 or 6 January 1985 (estimate) at Master Sound Studios, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, while in Atlanta for dates on the Purple Rain Tour. Overdubs were done later in Houston, Texas (Le Mobile Studios Mobile @ The Summit) and Cincinnati, Ohio (5th Floor Recording Studio).

In 2019, Prince’s own version was released as the thirteenth track on the posthumous album Originals.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
5 January 1985 or 6 January 1985 (estimate) Master Sound Studios,
Atlanta, GA, USA
Tracking (as an instrumental)
14 January 1985 (estimate) Le Mobile @ The Summit,
Houston, TX, USA
Overdubs, including Prince vocal and saxophone
20 January 1985 5th Floor Recording Studio,
Cincinnati, OH, USA
Overdubs, including Sheila E. vocal
Recording Personnel

Sheila E. version

  • Sheila E. - vocals, bass, bongos, congas, drums, guitar, keyboards, percussion (credits given for full album – likely not be accurate for this track)
  • Prince - backing vocals and all instruments, except where noted
  • Eddie M. - saxophone, backing vocals
  • Susie Davis - backing vocals
  • Stephan Birnbaum - guitar (credited only)

Prince version (on Originals)

  • Susan Rogers - engineer (Master Sound Studios, Le Mobile Studios Mobile @ The Summit, 5th Floor Recording Studio)
  • David Tickle - engineer (Master Sound Studios)
  • Gary Platt - engineer (5th Floor Recording Studio)

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Dear Michaelangelo 4:38 Romance 1600

Bedtime Story single

Studio Ends abruptly and segues into A Love Bizarre
Dear Michaelangelo 4:38 Bedtime Story single Studio Slight edit of the album version with a fade out ending
Dear Michaelangelo 5:22 Originals Prince vocal version released in 2019

Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Dear Michaelangelo Studio Solo version by Prince, before studio overdubs with Sheila E. bandmembers
Dear Michaelangelo Studio Longer Sheila E. version
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • Dear Michaelangelo’s title contains a misspelling of the Italian Renaissance painter, sculptor, architect, poet and engineer Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, commonly known as Michelangelo. It is likely this misspelling was unintentional, but it is consistent across the single and album release.

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