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Andrew John Ridgeley (born 26 January 1963) is an English pop singer, guitarist and environmentalist. He came to public attention as a member (with George Michael) of the 1980s pop music duo Wham! Image File history File links Emblem-important. ... “Libel” redirects here. ... is the 26th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see 1963 (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... This article is about the genre of popular music. ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... For the UK magazine, see Guitarist (magazine). ... The historic Blue Marble photograph, which helped bring environmentalism to the public eye. ... This article is about the musician. ... The duet, by Hendrik ter Brugghen A duet is a musical composition or piece for two performers, most often used for a vocal or piano duet. ... Wham! (often written WHAM!) was a pop band formed in 1981 by George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley. ...


Life and career

Born in Windlesham, Surrey, Ridgeley grew up in Bushey, Hertfordshire, and attended Bushey Meads School, where he met George Michael. Their common musical interests led them to form Wham!. After approaching various record labels with a homemade tape (which took ten minutes to record in Ridgeley's living room), they found a record label willing to sign them, Innervision. Windlesham is a large village in the Surrey Heath district of Surrey in South East England. ... This article is about the English county. ... Bushey (population 24,000) is a town in the Hertsmere borough of Hertfordshire in the South East of England. ... For the similarly named county in the West Midlands region, see Herefordshire. ... Bushey Meads School (also commonly known as BMS by staff and students) is a secondary school in Bushey, Hertfordshire, UK. The current Head Teacher is Mr Kieth Douglas (BA(hons) MA), who started as a new member of staff in the school in December 2005. ... This article is about the musician. ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... The Compact Cassette, often referred to as audio cassette, cassette tape, cassette, or simply tape, is a magnetic tape sound recording format. ... “Sound recorder” redirects here. ...

Wham! went on to enjoy huge worldwide success between 1982 and 1986, making their U.S. debut appearance on Dick Clark's American Bandstand. For other uses of terms redirecting here, see US (disambiguation), USA (disambiguation), and United States (disambiguation) Motto In God We Trust(since 1956) (From Many, One; Latin, traditional) Anthem The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City National language English (de facto)1 Demonym American... For other persons named Dick Clark, see Dick Clark (disambiguation). ... Dick Clark, host of American Bandstand American Bandstand was a long-running dance music television show that aired in various versions from 1952 to 1989. ...

Following Wham!'s break-up in late-1986, Ridgeley moved to Monaco and tried his hand at Formula Three motor racing. Meeting with little success, Ridgeley moved to Los Angeles for the hopeful singer/actor crossover but returned to England permanently in 1990. See also: Musical groups established in 1986 Record labels established in 1986 // 1986 - Goo Goo Dolls are formed in Buffalo, New York. ... Formula Three, also called Formula 3 or, in abbreviated form, F3, is a type of formula racing and a class of open-wheeler motor racing. ... Auto racing (also known as automobile racing or autosport) is a sport involving racing automobiles. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ...

CBS Records (later Sony Music), having taken up the option on Wham!'s contract that specified solo albums from Michael and Ridgeley, released a guitar and drum driven solo effort from Ridgeley, Son of Albert, in 1990. His brother Paul played drums. Singles included "Shake" and "Red Dress". CBS Records passed up the option of a second album. Columbia Records is the oldest brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888, and was the first record company to produce pre-recorded records as opposed to blank cylinders. ... Sony Music Entertainment is a major global record label controlled by the Sony Corporation. ... In music, a solo is a piece or a section of a piece played or sung by a single performer (solo is an Italian word literally meaning alone). ... An album or record album is a collection of related audio or music tracks distributed to the public. ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... A drum kit (or drum set or trap set) is a collection of drums, cymbals and sometimes other percussion instruments, such as a cowbell, wood block, chimes or tambourines, arranged for convenient playing by a single drummer. ... See also: 1990 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1990 Record labels established in 1990 list of years in music // January 21 - MTVs Unplugged premieres on cable television with musical guest, Squeeze February 6 - Billy Idol is involved in a serious motorcycle accident, resulting in several broken bones. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ...

After retiring from active music-making, Ridgeley still remained active in music-writing under various pseudonyms.

Ridgeley began surfing in the early 1990s. While surfing with his brother off the coast of England, both men contracted a waterborne illness from the raw sewage being discharged from a nearby pipe. After recovering from his illness, Ridgeley gave an interview to The Times. He went on to become a prominent environmentalist in the cause of water quality at English surfing beaches and riverways, working with the UK charity, Surfers Against Sewage (SAS). Sewage is the mainly liquid waste containing some solids produced by humans which typically consists of washing water, faeces, urine, laundry waste and other material which goes down drains and toilets from households and industry. ... The Times is a national newspaper published daily in the United Kingdom (and the Kingdom of Great Britain before the United Kingdom existed) since 1788 when it was known as The Daily Universal Register. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Surfing (disambiguation). ... A charitable trust is a trust organized to serve private or public charitable purposes. ... Surfers against Sewage is an environmental and health pressure group based in Cornwall, UK. Campaign Surfers Against Sewage campaign for clean, safe recreational waters, free from sewage effluents, toxic chemicals and nuclear waste. ...

Ridgeley is a partner in an English business that makes surfing equipment. He frequently lends his name and donates money to help pass laws against the discharge of raw sewage in UK offshore waters. Ridgeley's and SAS's efforts enjoyed success in recent years, having influence upon numerous safe sewage laws that have virtually eliminated E. coli illness and deaths in the UK. A partnership is a type of business entity in which partners share with each other the profits or losses of the business undertaking in which all have invested. ...

He now lives in Cornwall, United Kingdom, in a restored 15th-century property with his partner Keren Woodward [1] of the pop group Bananarama. For other uses, see Cornwall (disambiguation). ... Keren Woodward in musical clip Nathan Jones Keren Woodward (born Keren Jane Woodward on 2 April 1961, in Bristol, England) is an English pop singer and songwriter from the girl-group Bananarama. ... Bananarama are a British girl group who have had success on the pop and dance charts since 1982. ...


  • Indie pop group Black Box Recorder wrote a song in tribute, entitled "Andrew Ridgeley" on their 2003 album Passionoia.
  • Ridgeley is a supporter of Queens Park Rangers F.C. and can be seen wearing their kit in the music video for the Wham! single "Freedom".
  • Ridgeley is the alleged inspiration for Hugh Grant's character in the film Music & Lyrics.
  • He was given the nickname "Osama bin Laden" by his golfing friends.[2]
  • Frequently referenced as "The other guy from Wham!", such as in an episode from the satirical cartoon, Family Guy, where Peter Griffin interrupts Stewie's television programs, explaining to him that "Sorry Stewie, A&E Biography's doing the Life of the Other Guy From WHAM!".

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  1. ^ Andrew Ridgeley | View the Music Artists Biography Online | VH1.com
  2. ^ Loser who had the last laugh | the Daily Mail

External links

  • Andrew Ridgeley at the Internet Movie Database
  • Surfers Against Sewage
  • Article on how Ridgeley lives his life in 2007, also hints at a re-union with Michael at an announced concert
The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about movies, actors, television shows, production crew personnel, and video games. ... Wham! (often written WHAM!) was a pop band formed in 1981 by George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley. ... This article is about the musician. ... Fantastic was the debut album by British pop duo Wham!. Released on July 9, 1983, it reached #1 in the UK charts. ... Make It Big was the 1984 effort of British pop duo Wham! A giant success the world over, Make It Big was the album that would confirm George Michael as a star. ... Music from The Edge of Heaven was the 1986 effort of British pop duo Wham!. The album was actually a single LP version of The Final which was released in the UK. Most of the songs appear on that release. ... The Final was a compilation released in 1986 to summerize the career of British pop duo Wham!. For many it remains the definitive Wham! purchase containing all the hits, in their single mixes. ... If You Were There. ... Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do?) was a song by British pop duo Wham!, released in 1983 on Innervision records. ... Young Guns (Go For It!) was a song by British pop duo Wham! which was released in 1982 on Innervision records. ... Bad Boys was a song by British pop duo Wham! which was a hit in 1983. ... Club Tropicana was a song by British pop duo Wham!, released in 1983 on Innervision records. ... Club Fantastic Megamix was a single released by Wham! in 1983, and was the last single release for the duo on Innervision Records. ... Wake Me Up Before You Go Go was a song by British pop duo Wham! which was released in 1984 and became their first UK number-one hit. ... Careless Whisper was a worldwide number-one hit song for George Michael in 1984. ... Freedom was a song by British pop duo Wham! in 1984, becoming the groups second UK #1 hit. ... Everything She Wants was a song by British pop duo Wham!, released in 1984 on Epic Records on a double A-side with Last Christmas. It was written by George Michael, one half of the duo. ... Last Christmas is a song by British pop duo Wham!, released on Epic Records in 1984, on a double A-side with Everything She Wants. It was written by George Michael, one half of the duo. ... Im Your Man was a song by British pop duo Wham!, released on Epic Records in 1985. ... A Different Corner was a song written and performed by George Michael which was released on Epic Records in 1986. ... The Edge Of Heaven was a song by British pop duo Wham!, released on Epic Records in 1986. ... Deon Estus (born Jeffery Deon Estus) is an American bassist and singer, best known as the bass player of Wham! and as George Michaels bassist on all of the latters subsequent projects. ... Pepsi & Shirlie were a British pop duo who released two albums, All Right Now, in 1987 and Changes in 1991. ...

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Andrew Ridgeley information - Search.com (396 words)
Andrew Ridgeley (born January 26 1963) is a British pop singer, guitarist and environmentalist.
Ridgeley's and SAS's efforts were hugely successful in recent years, resulting in numerous safe sewage laws enacted.
Ridgeley now lives in Cornwall, UK with his wife Keren Woodward (of the female pop group Bananarama).
SFGate: Daily Dish : Ridgeley Too Nervous for Wham! Reunion (896 words)
December 19 2006 at 04:23 PM Andrew was kind of cute in the "Young Gun" video...I always thought that George looked a little *too* pretty for my tastes.
December 19 2006 at 04:36 PM Ridgeley is nervous to be alone in a public restroom.
December 19 2006 at 10:08 PM I saw something on VH1 not that long ago where Andrew Ridgeley got married to one of the chicks from Bananarama.
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