Dear Michaelangelo

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Dear Michaelangelo

Romance1600 album.jpg
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.)
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 in January 1985 at Master Sound, Atlanta, Georgia (along with Bedtime Story, Fish Fries, Small Grey Monkey and Toy Box), while in Atlanta for dates on the Purple Rain Tour.

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
January 1985 Master Sound,
Atlanta, GA, USA
Basic tracking
January 1985 Master Sound,
Atlanta, GA, USA
overdubs by Sheila E. and Eddie M.
Recording Personnel

Sheila E. version

  • Sheila E. - vocals, bass, bongos, congas, drums, guitar, keyboards, percussion (credits given for full album - instrument credits may not be accurate for this track)
  • Prince - all instruments, except where noted
  • Susie Davis - backing vocals and keyboards (credited, uncertain involvement)
  • Benny Rietveld - bass guitar (credited, uncertain involvement)
  • Karl Perazzo - drums (credited, uncertain involvement)
  • Ken Grey - keyboards (credited, uncertain involvement)
  • Eddie M. - saxophone

Prince version (on Originals)

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

Bedtime Story single

Dear Michaelangelo 5:22 Originals Prince vocal version released in 2019

Sampled, Referred to, Quoted in...
Title Length Released Version Additional info
The Scandalous Sex Suite: The Rapture 6:39 The Scandalous Sex Suite Studio Re-uses the guitar solo from Dear Michaelangelo
Unreleased Versions
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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