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Wham!

Andrew Ridgeley (top) and George Michael on the cover of their second album, Make It Big
Background information
Also known as Wham! UK
Origin London, England
Genre(s) Pop, Synthpop, New Romantic, Funk
Years active 1981–1986
Label(s) Innervision Records
Epic Records
Associated acts The Executive
Former members
George Michael
Andrew Ridgeley

Wham! (often written WHAM!) was a pop band formed in 1981 by George Michael, Andrew Ridgeley, and briefly, Stephen Gaffney. They were briefly known in the United States as Wham! UK due to a naming conflict with another band. Image File history File links Wha,.jpg This image is of a music album or single cover, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the album or the artist(s) which produced the music or artwork in question. ... Andrew John Ridgeley (born 26 January 1963) is an English pop singer, guitarist and environmentalist. ... For other persons named George Michael, see George Michael (disambiguation). ... 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. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the genre of popular music. ... Synthpop is a subgenre of New Wave in which the synthesizer is the dominant musical instrument. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, including related musical genres, see Funk (disambiguation). ... In the music industry, a record label can be a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Innervision Records was a record label owned by parent company CBS Records. ... Epic Records is an American record label, owned and operated by Sony BMG. // Epic was launched originally as a jazz and classical music label in 1953 by CBS. Its bright-yellow, black and blue logo became a familiar trademark for many jazz and classical releases. ... For other persons named George Michael, see George Michael (disambiguation). ... Andrew John Ridgeley (born 26 January 1963) is an English pop singer, guitarist and environmentalist. ... This article is about the genre of popular music. ... In music, a band is a company of musicians, or musical ensemble, usually popular or folk, playing parts of or improvising a musical arrangement on different musical instruments. ... AUGUST 25 1981 US Marine Sean Vance is Born on the 25th of August {ear nav|1981}} Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... For other persons named George Michael, see George Michael (disambiguation). ... Andrew John Ridgeley (born 26 January 1963) is an English pop singer, guitarist and environmentalist. ...

Contents

Beginnings

Michael and Ridgeley met at Bushey Meads School in Watford, England, UK. At first, they performed in a short-lived rock and roll band called The Executive. They then changed their name and signed with Innervision Records. Soon after a legal victory over Innervision, the duo was signed to CBS, Columbia Records in the United States and Canada and Epic Records for the rest of the world. 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. ... Country Constituent area Region East of England County Hertfordshire Borough Watford Government leadership=Mayor & Cabinet  - Type Borough  - Mayor Dorothy Thornhill (Liberal Democrat  - mp Claire Ward Area  - Borough 55. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is a country in western Europe, and member of the Commonwealth of Nations, the G8, the European Union, and NATO. Usually known simply as the United Kingdom, the UK, or (inaccurately) as Great Britain or Britain, the UK has four constituent... Innervision Records was a record label owned by parent company CBS Records. ... Usually the first of a recording artists contracts with a major record label. ... Sony Music Entertainment is a major global record label controlled by the Sony Corporation. ... 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. ... Epic Records is an American record label, owned and operated by Sony BMG. // Epic was launched originally as a jazz and classical music label in 1953 by CBS. Its bright-yellow, black and blue logo became a familiar trademark for many jazz and classical releases. ...


Michael took on the majority of roles and responsibilities within the band— composer, singer, producer, and occasional instrumentalist— but the contribution of Ridgeley as the group's image specialist and spokesman was crucial to the band's initial success. Ridgeley convinced a reluctant George that Wham! needed to change their image and sound frequently, from the leather-clad moody singers of "Bad Boys" and "Young Guns (Go For It!)" to the more fashionable pop superstars of "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go." 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. ...


Still teenagers, they promoted themselves as hedonistic youngsters, proud to live a carefree life without work or commitment. This was reflected in their earliest singles. Such works as "Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do?)" have been seen as sarcasm advocating the other point of view. This article does not cite any sources. ... Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do?) was a song by British pop duo Wham!, released in 1983 on Innervision records. ...


The first record to be released by the band was "Wham Rap!". It was a double-A side with a Social Mix and Anti-social Mix. The record was banned for general release in the UK due to the profanity in the Anti-social Mix. In October 1982, their song "Young Guns (Go For It!)" was issued. The song was an appeal from one youthful lad to his friend to not throw his life away so early on marriage. It stalled outside the UK Top 40 but then Wham! got lucky when Top of the Pops scheduled them. An important weekly BBC chart show on television, it had to look outside the Top 40 to fill a gap created by an act which had pulled out of recording. Nearest to the 40 mark and still climbing, Wham! was summoned, and a phenomenon immediately began. Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Young Guns (Go For It!) was a song by British pop duo Wham! which was released in 1982 on Innervision records. ... The UK Singles Chart is compiled by the Official UK Charts Company on behalf of the music industry. ... Top of the Pops, also known as TOTP, was a long-running British music chart television programme, made and broadcast by the BBC. It was originally shown each week, mostly on BBC One, from 1 January 1964 to 30 July 2006. ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ...


Increasing success

The impact of Wham! on the public, especially teenage girls, was felt from the moment they finished their debut performance of "Young Guns (Go For It!)" on Top of the Pops. Michael wore espadrilles, a suede jacket slit open, and rolled-up denim jeans. Ridgeley stood behind him, flanked by backing dancers D.C. Lee and Shirlie Holliman. A shelf of Catalonian Espadrilles found in Barcelona Espadrilles are casual flat or high-heel fashion sandals originating from the Pyrenees. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the material denim. ... This article is about the type of clothing. ... Dee C. Lee is a singer and a former valet for the popular pop group Wham! She left the group to join Paul Wellers second band, The Style Council after Paul disbanded The Jam in 1982 at the peak of their career. ...


The performance was as much one of acting as it was of singing, with Michael playing the part of the pleading goodtime lad, and Ridgeley the guy who had been drawn into commitment. Afterwards, the song shot into the Top 40 at #24 and peaked at #3 in December. The following year (1983), D.C. Lee began her work with Paul Weller of The Style Council, and was replaced by Pepsi DeMacque. Holliman and DeMacque would later record music as Pepsi and Shirlie. For the Jimi Hendrix song, see 1983. ... Paul Weller (born John William Weller May 25, 1958, in Sheerwater, near Woking, Surrey) is an English singer-songwriter. ... The Style Council were an English musical group formed in 1983 by ex-The Jam singer and guitarist Paul Weller with keyboardist Mick Talbot. ... Pepsi & Shirlie were a British pop duo who released two albums, All Right Now, in 1987 and Changes in 1991. ...


Wham! followed up "Young Guns (Go For It!)" with the reissue "Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do)", a song about the joys of a leisurely life (the full version of which clocked in at almost seven minutes long); "Bad Boys", about a strained relationship between a rebellious teenage lad and his worried parents; and "Club Tropicana", a satire of the Club 18-30 scene. Each song came with a memorable music video. Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do?) was a song by British pop duo Wham!, released in 1983 on Innervision records. ... Bad Boys was a song by British pop duo Wham! which was a hit in 1983. ... Rebel may mean: A participant in a rebellion, see Rebellion. ... Club Tropicana was a song by British pop duo Wham!, released in 1983 on Innervision records. ... 1867 edition of Punch, a ground-breaking British magazine of popular humour, including a good deal of satire of the contemporary social and political scene. ... A music video is a short film or video that accompanies a complete piece of music, most commonly a song. ...


By the end of 1983, Wham! was rivaling Duran Duran and Culture Club as Britain's biggest pop act. Notoriety and column inches were duly achieved with their antics of placing a shuttlecock down their shorts, and their first album Fantastic reached #1. Duran Duran are an English rock band notable for a long series of popular singles and vivid music videos. ... Culture Club is a popular English new romantic rock group, that achieved considerable global success in the 1980s. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Fantastic was the debut album by British pop duo Wham!. Released on July 9, 1983, it reached #1 in the UK charts. ...


Around this time, Ridgeley become conscious of legal problems with their initial contract at Innervision. He mounted a legal challenge against the record company and its founder Mark Dean, who had initially signed them to the label, and George publicly stated they were financially mistreated[citation needed]. While the legal battle raged (perhaps to raise much-needed funds for the fight), Innervision released a medley of non-single album tracks from Fantastic, entitled Club Fantastic Megamix. Wham! publicly denounced the move, and urged fans not to buy it. After all the legal wrangling, Innervision admitted there were royalty discrepancies with Wham!'s contract, leading to the bankruptcy and dissolution of Innervision. Fantastic was the debut album by British pop duo Wham!. Released on July 9, 1983, it reached #1 in the UK charts. ... Club Fantastic Megamix was a single released by Wham! in 1983, and was the last single release for the duo on Innervision Records. ...


Driven by Ridgeley, the duo changed their image, and Wham! returned in May 1984 with an updated, cutting-edge pop image quickly copied by other pop bands. Ridgeley changed the band's look from "moody in leather jackets" to smiles and fashionable clothing, with an aim to promote themselves more as sex symbols rather than spokespeople for a disaffected generation. Marilyn Monroe, one of the most iconic and famous female sex symbols of all time. ...


Fittingly enough, these changes propelled the next single (a pop standard) to the top of the charts around the world. Wake Me Up Before You Go Go, a song Michael wrote from a note left to him in his hotel room one night by Ridgeley. The note was mistakenly written by Ridgeley as "don't forget to wake me up up before you go go, George". Since he accidentally wrote the word "up" twice, Ridgeley decided to compound the error and write "go" twice. It became their first UK #1 and rose to the top in the USA), capped by a memorable video of the duo, plus the ubiquitous Pepsi and Shirlie, wearing Katharine Hamnett T-shirts with the slogans CHOOSE LIFE and GO GO. 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. ... Motto: (traditional) In God We Trust (official, 1956–present) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City Official language(s) None at the federal level; English de facto Government Federal Republic  - President George W. Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence - Declared - Recognized... T-shirt similar to one by Katharine Hamnett, with FRANKIE SAY RELAX slogan. ... T-Shirt A T-shirt (or tee shirt) is a shirt with short or long sleeves, a round neck, put on over the head, without pockets. ... Look up slogan in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


These t-shirts became popular fashion items as Hamnett wrote herself into the pop culture lexicon, having simultaneously designed the FRANKIE SAY t-shirts for Frankie Goes to Hollywood. Popular culture, or pop culture, is the vernacular (peoples) culture that prevails in a modern society. ... Frankie Goes to Hollywood (FGTH) was a UK dance-pop band that was extremely popular in the mid 1980s. ...


Although some critics felt that Wham! represented bubblegum pop[citation needed], many people started to appreciate Michael's proven ability as a songwriter and capable vocalist. (The following year, he would win the Ivor Novello Award for songwriting.) However, at the same time they bemoaned the status of Ridgeley, who had started to "play" a guitar during live shows (never on any recordings) but whose overall contribution was deemed to be lightweight[citation needed]. Bubblegum pop (bubblegum rock, bubblegum music, youth music, or simply bubblegum) is a genre of pop music. ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ...


With some bizarre contradiction, the next single "Careless Whisper" was issued as a George Michael solo piece, yet unlike any Wham! single since "Wham Rap!," it was co-written by Ridgeley. The song quickly reached #1. In the autumn of 1984, Wham! came back as a duo with "Freedom", another chart-topper. In November, they released their second album, Make It Big, which coasted to #1 on the album charts. The band set off on another arena tour at the end of 1984, and Ridgeley told Smash Hits magazine at the time that he had written a song called "Stephen." The song had been composed for a friend who was struggling to cope with bereavement. While this song is still unreleased, those that were at the recording sessions describe it as a heartfelt story of the loss of a loved one[citation needed]. Twenty Five track listing ) Careless Whisper was a worldwide number-one hit song for George Michael in 1984. ... This article is about the temperate season. ... Freedom was a song by British pop duo Wham! in 1984, becoming the groups second UK #1 hit. ... 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. ...


George contributed to the Band Aid project, with Michael providing vocals as the song usurped their own Christmas release, "Last Christmas"/"Everything She Wants", the former of which featured a video set in a ski resort. Band Aid was a British and Irish charity supergroup, founded in 1984 by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure in order to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia by releasing the record Do They Know Its Christmas? for the Christmas market. ... For other uses, see Christmas (disambiguation). ... 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. ... 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. ... A shaped, twin-tip alpine ski. ...


The single became the highest-selling single ever to peak at #2 in the UK charts. As such, Wham! donated all their royalties to the Ethiopian famine appeal to coincide with the fundraising intentions of Band Aid, the song which beat them to the top spot. Band Aid's success meant that Michael had been at #1 within three different entities in 1984—as a solo artist, half of a duo, and part of a charity ensemble. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... <nowiki>Insert non-formatted text hereBold text</nowiki>A famine is a social and economic crisis that is commonly accompanied by widespread malnutrition, starvation, epidemic and increased mortality. ...


China and Live Aid

In April 1985, Wham! took a break from recording to embark on an enormous world tour including a groundbreaking 10-day visit to China, the second(after Spyz a new zealand band who toured in 1982) by a Western pop group.[1] The China excursion was a masterful publicity scheme devised by Simon Napier-Bell (one of their two managers). It culminated in a concert at the Worker's Gymnasium in Beijing in front of 10,000 people. Director Lindsay Anderson documented the tour in his film Foreign Skies. This article is about the year. ... In the music business, Simon Napier-Bell (born 1939) has been bandboy, manager, producer, songwriter, journalist and author. ... Peking redirects here. ... Lindsay Gordon Anderson (April 17, 1923 - August 30, 1994), was a Scottish film critic, and a film, theatre and documentary director. ...


Sporting a beard, Michael appeared with Ridgeley onstage at Live Aid (although they didn't perform as Wham!). Michael sang "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" with Elton John while Ridgeley joined Kiki Dee in the row of backup singers. In November, Wham! released "I'm Your Man" which went straight to #1 in the UK charts. For other uses, see Beard (disambiguation). ... Live Aid was a multi-venue rock music concert held on July 13, 1985). ... Dont Let The Sun Go Down On Me is the first single from British musician Elton Johns 1974 album Caribou; it was released that year during the latter half of May in Great Britain, and on June 10 in the United States. ... Sir Elton Hercules[1] John CBE[2] (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947) is a five-time Grammy and one-time Academy Award-winning English pop/rock singer, composer and pianist. ... Kiki Dee (born Pauline Matthews on 6 March 1947, in Little Horton near Bradford, West Yorkshire, England) is a highly successful singer/songwriter, with a career that has lasted over 40 years. ... Im Your Man was a song by British pop duo Wham!, released on Epic Records in 1985. ...


Michael began a relationship with model/makeup artist Kathy Yeung and Ridgeley with Keren Woodward of Bananarama. Ridgeley also took up the hobby of rally driving, famously crashing one car before the end of 1985. "Last Christmas" was re-issued for the festive season and again made the UK Top 10, peaking at #6, while Michael took up offers he was starting to receive to add his voice to other artists' songs. He performed backing vocals for David Cassidy, and for Elton John on his successful singles "Nikita" and "Wrap Her Up," on which he sang co-lead (most notably with Elton John: "Nikita" (a UK #3) and "Wrap Her Up" (a UK #12) in 1985) 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. ... Petter Solberg driving on gravel at the 2006 Cyprus Rally, a World Rally Championship event. ... This article is about David Cassidy the actor. ... Sir Elton Hercules[1] John CBE[2] (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947) is a five-time Grammy and one-time Academy Award-winning English pop/rock singer, composer and pianist. ...


Demise

Michael desired to create music targeted to a more sophisticated audience than the duo's primarily teenage fanbase. Therefore, Michael and Ridgeley announced the breakup of Wham! in the spring of 1986, destined to take place after a farewell single and album, along with a historic grand finale concert at Wembley Stadium on June 28, 1986, called The Final. British pop group Five Star declined George's invitation to be the supporting act, saying they needed to concentrate on their own career at the time. Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... For the new stadium, see Wembley Stadium. ... Five Star on the cover of their Treat Me Like A Lady single from 1990 Five Star (aka 5 Star) is a British pop / R&B group, from Romford in Essex, England which was formed in 1983. ...


The farewell single was "The Edge of Heaven" which reached #1 in June 1986. "Where Did Your Heart Go?" was the group's final single in the United States. The song, originally recorded by art-rock ensemble Was (Not Was), was a downbeat and somber affair that telegraphed the intentions of George Michael for the next decade's work and would fit musically on any of his solo albums. The duo's last album was a double-LP collection of all the singles to date, mostly the extended versions, and was also called The Final (released in North America as the severely pared-down Music from the Edge of Heaven with alternate tracks). Wham! then said goodbye to their audience (73,000 of whom attended the eight-hour event) and each other with an emotional embrace at the end of the show. The band had been together five years, selling close to 20 million albums and 10 to 15 million singles. Foreign Skies, the film of their tour of China, received its world premiere as part of the festivities, making it the most highly-attended film premiere in history. The Edge Of Heaven was a song by British pop duo Wham!, released on Epic Records in 1986. ... Was (Not Was) is an eccentric pop group founded by David Weiss (a. ... North American redirects here. ...


Post-Wham!

As CBS Records preferred the pop sound of Wham!, Ridgeley's solo-guitar and drum-driven career (i.e., Son of Albert) was over almost as soon as it began. After varying careers as a rally driver and actor in LA, Ridgeley retired to Cornwall, where he became an environmental activist with Surfers Against Sewage. He lives with his wife Keren Woodward. 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. ... 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. ...


He later became a partner in a firm which manufactures surfing goods. He has largely stayed out of the public eye and remains in Cornwall in his meticulously restored 15th-century house. For other uses, see Surfing (disambiguation). ...


Michael, who had enjoyed his second solo #1 earlier in the year with "A Different Corner," began a permanent solo career which immediately endeared him to the adult audience he desired to reach.


"Last Christmas" was given its third consecutive festive release in December 1986, although that time it stalled outside the Top 40. No other Wham! single has ever been re-issued to the UK charts since then, and it took until 1995 before a Wham! song was given a mainstream cover version treatment, when Danish singer Whigfield did her own version of "Last Christmas" (which was later covered by Billie Piper as the b-side to her 1998 single "She Wants You," and released as the A-side in several territories). The same year, Lisa Moorish, girlfriend at the time to Oasis' Liam Gallagher, recorded "I'm Your Man" for release into the charts. Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... // In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ... Sannie Charlotte Carlson (born April 11, 1970 in Skælskør, Denmark) is best known by her artist name Whigfield. ... Billie Paul Piper (born Leanne Paul Piper[1] on 22 September 1982) is an British actress. ... Oasis are an English rock band that formed in Manchester in 1991. ... Liam Gallagher (born William John Paul Gallagher on September 21, 1972, Burnage, Manchester, England) is an English singer and tambourine player of the band Oasis. ...


According to newspaper rumours, Lisa apparently shared the studio with George Michael, who at the time was putting the finishing touches to the Older album. At the time of release, Michael legally could not be associated with the song, but he is rumoured to have provided the male vocal section in the chorus. Since then, Shane Richie has covered "I'm Your Man" as a fundraising song for the BBC charity telethon Children in Need. Shane Richie (born Shane Patrick Roche[1], 11 March 1964[1]) is an English actor, comedian, singer and television presenter. ... The 2005 Telethon on Seven Perth. ... New BBC Children in Need Pudsey and logo from 2007 BBC Children in Need is an annual British charity appeal organised by the BBC. Since 1980 it has raised £470million. ...


For several years after he became a solo artist, George Michael was publicly negative about his time in Wham!, largely because of the intense negativity of media coverage on business partner Ridgeley. George complained of the constant pressure he felt, and he claimed that the duo had been mistreated financially. He also spoke disparagingly about the Wham! repertoire, especially the songs from the first album.


However, his perspective on the era has softened in recent times. He still performs "Everything She Wants", one of the more critically acclaimed songs from the Wham! era, at his solo concerts.


Discography

Albums

Title Release
Date
Peak chart positions
U.K. Australia U.S.
Fantastic 1983 1 5 83
Make It Big 1984 1 1 1
Music From The Edge of Heaven 1986 - - 10
The Final 1986 2 5 -
12" Mixes (Compilation) 1987 - - -
If You Were There (The Best of Wham) (Compilation) 1997 4 - -

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Singles

Title Release Date Album Chart Positions
UK Singles Chart Irish Singles Chart AUS Singles Chart US Hot 100 US AC
"Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do)" 1982 Jun Fantastic 45 - - - -
"Young Guns (Go For It!)" Sep 3 3 4 - -
"Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do)" (re-issue) 1983 Jan 8 13 9 - -
"Bad Boys" [A] May 2 3 9 60 -
"Club Tropicana" Jul 4 4 60 - -
"Club Fantastic Megamix" Dec - 15 16 - - -
"Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" 1984 May Make It Big 1 1 1 1 4
"Careless Whisper" [B] Jul 1 1 1 1 1
"Freedom" Oct 1 1 3 3 4
"Everything She Wants" [C] Dec - - 7 1 4
"Last Christmas" [C] [D] Dec - 2 1 3 - -
"I'm Your Man" 1985 Nov Music from the Edge of Heaven
/ The Final
1 1 3 3 13
"A Different Corner" [B] 1986 Apr 1 2 - 7 6
"The Edge of Heaven" [E] Jun 1 1 2 10 22
"Where Did Your Heart Go?" Oct - - 54 50 -
Notes
  • A ^ credited in the U.S. as Wham!-UK.
  • B ^ A George Michael solo effort, "Careless Whisper" was credited to "Wham! featuring George Michael" in North America.
  • C ^ "Everything She Wants" / "Last Christmas" released as a double A-side in the UK.
  • D ^ "Last Christmas" was reissued as a single numerous times. In 1985 it peaked at #6 in the UK, #45 in 1986. A release in 1997 charted at #58 in the US on the Hot 100 Airplay chart and at #22 on the Adult Contemporary that same year. In 2007 the song once more charted in the UK, reaching #14.
  • E ^ "The Edge of Heaven" / "Where Did Your Heart Go?" released as a double A-side in the UK.

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References

  1. ^ BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Music | How Wham! brought the West to China

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This article is about the magazine. ... For other persons named George Michael, see George Michael (disambiguation). ... Andrew John Ridgeley (born 26 January 1963) is an English pop singer, guitarist and environmentalist. ... 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. ... Twenty Five track listing ) 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. ... For other persons named George Michael, see George Michael (disambiguation). ... Faith is George Michaels first solo album which was released in 1987. ... Listen without Prejudice Vol. ... Songs from the Last Century is an album by singer George Michael, released in December of 1999 (see 1999 in music). ... Patience is a 2004 album by George Michael. ... Five Live, released in 1992 to all markets except the United States and Canada where it was released the following year, features six tracks performed by George Michael, Queen and Lisa Stansfield at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert held April 20, 1992 at Wembley Stadium. ... Twentyfive or 25 is George Michaels latest greatest hits album, which celebrates the 25th anniversary of his music career. ... Twenty Five track listing ) Careless Whisper was a worldwide number-one hit song for George Michael in 1984. ... A Different Corner was a song written and performed by George Michael which was released on Epic Records in 1986. ... I Want Your Sex was a single released from both the soundtrack to Beverly Hills Cop II and George Michaels Faith album, and first charted in July 1987. ... For Céline Dions single by the same name, see Faith. ... Father Figure was a song written and performed by George Michael and released on Epic Records on January 1, 1988. ... One More Try is a song written and performed by George Michael and released by Epic Records in 1988. ... Monkey is a song by George Michael. ... Kissing A Fool was a song written and performed by George Michael and released by Columbia Records in 1988. ... Praying For Time was a song written and performed by George Michael, released on Epic records in 1990. ... Waiting For That Day was a song performed and largely written by George Michael which was released on Epic records in 1990. ... Freedom! 90 (also known simply as Freedom) is a song written and performed by George Michael, and released on Epic records in 1990. ... Heal The Pain was a song written and performed by George Michael and released on Epic records in 1991. ... Cowboys And Angels was a song written and performed by George Michael and released on Epic records in 1991. ... Too Funky was a song written and performed by George Michael and released by Epic Records in 1992. ... Jesus To A Child was a song written and performed by George Michael and released on Virgin records in 1996. ... Killer is a popular song by Adamski and Seal. ... Papa Was a Rollin Stone is a soul song, written by Motown songwriters Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong as a single for Motown act The Undisputed Truth in 1971. ... Fastlove was a song written and performed by George Michael which was released on Virgin records in 1996. ... Spinning the Wheel was a song written George Michael and Jon Douglas. ... Twenty Five track listing Jesus to a Child (13) Older (10) Round Here (11) }} Older / I Cant Make You Love Me is a single released by George Michael. ... Star People 97 is a single by the Dance Pop singer George Michael released as the fifth single from his album Older. ... For the Staind single, see Outside (Staind song). ... Freeek! is a 2002 single written and performed by English pop singer George Michael from the album Patience. ... Shoot the Dog is a single by the Dance Pop singer George Michael released as the second single from his 2002 album Patience. ... Amazing is the first single off Patience released in 2004, Amazing, went to number 1 in Italy, Spain and Portugal and topped the world airplay chart for 20 March 2004. ... George Michael - Flawless (Go To The City) Lyrics George Michael - Flawless (Go To The City) Lyrics Cause youre beautiful (Like no other) Cause youre beautiful (maybe tonight, theyll see you tonight) Beautiful . ... Twenty Five track listing You Have Been Loved (12) John and Elvis Are Dead (13) This Is Not Real Love (14) John and Elvis Are Dead is a single released by dance pop artist George Michael as the last single from his album Patience. ... An Easier Affair is a first single from George Michaels second greatest hits album 25. ... I Knew You Were Waiting for Me is a 1987 hit song by Aretha Franklin and George Michael. ... Dont Let The Sun Go Down On Me is the first single from British musician Elton Johns 1974 album Caribou; it was released that year during the latter half of May in Great Britain, and on June 10 in the United States. ... If I Told You That As is a 1999 duet from singers Mary J. Blige and George Michael, and is the second single from George Michaels greatest hits Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael and Mary J. Bliges Mary. ... If I Told You That was originally an album track off American singer Whitney Houstons 1998 album, My Love Is Your Love. ... Mutya Buena singles chronology Ugly (with Sugababes) (2005) This Is Not Real Love (2006) Real Girl (2007) This Is Not Real Love is the second single from George Michaels second greatest hits album 25. The single features Mutya Buena, the ex-Sugababe and was released on 6 November 2006. ... 25 Live is a concert tour by British singer / songwriter George Michael, his first in over 15 years. ... The following article documents the album, single and multimedia releases by the British recording artist, George Michael. ... Eli Stone is an American television comedy-drama created by Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim, who also serve as executive producers alongside Ken Olin who directed the pilot, with Melissa Berman producing. ...

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