Vale Prince Rogers Nelson (7/6/1958 – 21/4/2016)
Pardon the painful allusion, but a lot of his songs, technically superb as they are, were strictly elevator music. But there’s Pop Life, Let’s Go Crazy, 1999, Nothing Compares 2 U, Raspberry Beret, Kiss, Sexy M.F., Peach and Cream. Many of his songs had production touches frankly reminiscent of novelty songs, but he had je ne sais quoi – he had the power – he was virtually a cult. And now he’s gone uptown. Vale.