Known for founding and fronting the New Wave bands Heaven 17 and The Human League, this vocalist and keyboard player also had a career as a music producer. His production credits include a 1994 Erasure album and several Vince Clarke projects.
He studied at the Edward VII School in Sheffield, England.
He designed a three-dimensional, surround-sound exhibit for Sheffield, England's National Centre for Popular Music museum.
He settled in the Primrose Hill district of London with his wife Landsley and his son Gabriel and daughter Elena.
He produced Tina Turner's 1983 hit "Let's Stay Together."