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Wham! was a pop duo which was formed by George Michael and his best friend Andrew Ridgeley in the early 1980s. The success was instant and within a year they had released their classic debut single, "Wham! Rap", while their second single, "Young Guns (Go For It!)" became the first in a string of Top 10 hits. Sales of Wham! albums were approximately 20 million units. Famously, they were the first British band to play in Communist China, in a 1985 publicity stunt conceived by their manager, Simon Napier-Bell. This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Look up Duo, duo, and duo- in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... George Michael George Michael (born June 25, 1963) is a Greek-British pop singer/songwriter born in East Finchley, London. ... Andrew Ridgeley (born January 26, 1963 in Bushey, Hertfordshire, England) on was a British pop singer who formed the pop duo Wham! with his friend George Michael whom he met when they both attended Bushey Meads school. ... // Events and trends The 1980s marked an abrupt shift towards more conservative lifestyles after the momentous cultural revolutions which took place in the 1960s and 1970s and the definition of the AIDS virus in 1981. ... In the music business, Simon Napier-Bell has been bandboy, manager, producer, songwriter, journalist and author. ...



See also: 1982 in music, other events of 1983, 1984 in music, 1980s in music and the list of years in music // Events The most long-term influential release of 1983 is probably Head over Heels by the Cocteau Twins, which sold poorly upon its initial release. ... Fantastic was the debut album by British pop duo Wham. ... See also: 1983 in music, other events of 1984, 1985 in music, 1980s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 28 - singer Michael Jacksons hair catches fire during the filming of a Pepsi commercial. ... 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. ... See also: 1985 in music, other events of 1986, 1987 in music, 1980s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 23 - The first induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee... Jump to: navigation, search 1986 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... See also: 1996 in music, other events of 1997, 1998 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 9 - David Bowie performs his 50th Birthday Bash concert (the day after his birthday) at Madison Square Garden, with guests Frank Black, The Foo Fighters, Sonic...

Hit singles

  • from Fantastic!
    • 1982 Young Guns (Go For It!) #3 UK
    • 1983 Wham! Rap #8 UK
    • 1983 Bad Boys #2 UK
    • 1983 Club Tropicana #4 UK
  • non-album single
    • 1983 Club Fantastic Megamix #15 UK
  • from Make It Big
    • 1984 Wake Me Up Before You Go Go #1 UK, #1 US
    • 1984 Careless Whisper (credited to George Michael solo) #1 UK, #1 US
    • 1984 Freedom #1 UK, #3 US (1985 release)
    • 1984 Everything She Wants #2 UK (double A-side with Last Christmas in the UK), #1 US (1985 release)
  • from Music from the Edge of Heaven
    • 1985 I'm Your Man #1 UK, #3 US
    • 1985 Last Christmas (re-issue) #6 UK
    • 1986 The Edge of Heaven #1 UK (double A-side with Where Did Your Heart Go in the UK), #10 US
    • 1986 A Different Corner #1 UK, #7 US



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