From 'Back to Black' with Amy to the bleach blond of Le Bon
He's the world's most fashionable producer and the brains behind the retro-soul that spawned a million imitators. So why, wonders Fiona Sturges, is Mark Ronson so insecure?
Amy Winehouse may be reportedly peeved at Mark Ronson's taking too much credit for her success, and piggybacking his own solo career on that success, but she shouldn't worry overmuch about him stealing her vocal limelight: for as Record Collection brutally reveals, the über-producer of his era turns out to be an ünter-singer, his weedy vocals here failing to bring to life any song on which he takes the lead.
Producer and musician Mark Ronson said he was "confused" by an Amy Winehouse internet rant in which she accused him of cashing in on her success.
Feed five decades of black American music into a supercomputer, press "random", and you've got Twisted Tongue.
The Rumble Strips, a band whose name crops up rather too frequently on corporate-sponsored gig bills, are negligible landfill-indie also-rans, surely? Um, actually no.
As if we had not heard enough of Duffy's mega-hit last year, prepare for its second coming. Now "Mercy" has been covered to sound even more retro. Quite a feat, given how strongly the Welsh wonder channels the beehive glamour of Dusty Springfield and Lulu's wide-eyed exuberance.
The Mark Ronson protégé from Melbourne is best known for his vomitous Gnarls-meets-Moby version of The Smiths' "Stop Me". His debut album reprises the retro soul sound Ronson utilised with Amy Winehouse, and is destined to be almost as ubiquitous as Back to Black. The title is no accident: half the time Merriweather wants to change the world, the other half it's his love life – making this 50 per cent What's Goin' On, 50 per cent Let's Get It On. At its worst, you check the sleeve to make sure it isn't a Conchords parody.
Vocals - Stevie Wonder and Steve Winwood
Can I have two? Stevie Wonder is just the most amazing singer of all time so he has to be there. Steve Winwood was for me the first important white soul singer I ever heard and he blew me away. I think they'd work well together but Steve would probably modestly let Stevie take centre stage.
Santogold is the nom-de-microphone of Philadelphia-born Santi White, who graduated from a posh Quaker-run school and an even posher Methodist university to get a job as an A&R person at Epic, and is best known to British audiences for her turn on Mark Ronson's 'Version'.
Despite the competing claims of such as Mark Ronson and Brian (Danger Mouse) Burton, T Bone Burnett may be the most interesting producer working in popular music at the moment. Equally comfortable helming award-winning soundtracks for Cold Mountain, O Brother, Where Art Thou? and Walk the Line, and reacquainting singers like Tony Bennett, Roy Orbison, Cassandra Wilson and kd lang with their roots, his manifold talents combined to powerful effect on last year's peerless Raising Sand collaboration between Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. But until 2006's The True False Identity, his packed diary left Burnett little time to pursue his own muse.
The troubled singer has so much going for her – but she's now in serious danger of exhausting all sympathy