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Wham!

Wham! sparked something of a pop revival in the mid-'80s and could arguably be held responsible for sparking off the boy band trend of the '90s. They were unashamedly pop, to the point of padding the front of their trousers for television appearances. At the heart, however, was a string of catchy singalong singles written by George Michael (born Georgios Kyrriacos Panayiotou in London to a Greek restauranting family).

George met Wham!'s other half, Andrew Ridgeley, at school in the London suburb of Bushey, and in 1979 they started performing together as part of the ska-based band the Executive. When that group dissolved, they wrote songs, made demos, and rushed into a recording contract with the equally eager independent label Innervision, scoring an instant hit with "Wham Rap!" (they thought that "wham" was the sound they made when Michael and Ridgeley performed together). In order to move to a recording contract with Sony label Epic, Wham! was forced to walk away from most of the royalties from their debut album, Fantastic. None of that mattered when their 1984 single, "Wake Me up Before You Go Go," became a worldwide hit, accompanied by a video of the pair cavorting in their sportswear. Almost immediately, George Michael started thinking of a solo career, and released "Careless Whisper," issued in the U.S. under George Michael of Wham!

Wham!'s end came suddenly two years later, in 1985, reputedly when the group's manager, Simon Napier-Bell (later to manage Take That), decided to sell a share of his management to a South African entertainment conglomerate. Supposedly, as part of a stand against South African politics, George Michael immediately announced Wham!'s breakup. They gave their farewell performance before a sold-out audience of 72,000 fans at London's Wembley Stadium.

George Michael comfortably stepped straight into his own highly successful solo performing and recording career. Andrew Ridgeley's post Wham! album, Son of Albert, sold poorly and produced just one minor hit, "Shake." ~ Ed Nimmervoll
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Make It Big

1. Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go

2. Everything She Wants

3. Heartbeat

4. Like A Baby

5. Freedom

6. If You Were There

7. Credit Card Baby

8. Careless Whisper

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Track List: Fantastic

1. Bad Boys

2. A Ray Of Sunshine

3. Love Machine

4. Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do?)

5. A Ray Of Sunshine (Instrumental Remix)

6. Love Machine (Instrumental Remix)

7. Club Tropicana

8. Nothing Looks The Same In The Light

9. Come On!

10. Young Guns (Go For It!)

11. Nothing Looks The Same In The Light (Instrumental Remix)

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cknight472
WHAM!!!
Like a smack in the face!
We lose George & Prince within a year.
Pretty saddening.
They both left at a very young age.
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Such wonderful memories of a very special man. I still remember watching this video on MTV. George kept smiling and spinning around the way he always​ was. He seemed to have it all. I could never imagine he would leave us so soon. God Bless you George. A true original.
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Rip :'(
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:(
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Love you George from the very beginning! A beautiful voice that belonged to a very beautiful man. You were loved by many and still are and always will be.
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there will never be another like you George...tha n k s for the music
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Love his voice, so beautiful!!!
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alexandraabe l l a 1 7
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micigrich
RIP George the singing Greek, I grew listening to you and I will continue to jam to you!!
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Hope you're holding concerts up in heaven. RIP We all miss you.
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clouwho56
RIP George! Your beautiful soul and voice will never be forgotten! ��❤️
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SO HANDSOME...G E O R G E
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The Greatest! RIP you will never ever be forgotten
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One the greatest vocalists of all time. Gone way too soon, but all great time unfortunatel y come to an end. Rest easy George Michael.
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❤❤❤❤
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George Michael you have been loved! Careless Whisper is my favorite song of all songs since I was just 16, back in 1984...rest in peace beautiful soul!
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when did he pass so sad to heR this one of his biggest fans
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RIP Go with God. ♫♫
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love all his music!! R.I.P
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Love you George Michael I must say you always have great hair RIP amen
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To my fellow Greek.. I pour a shot and salute you !!to all the songs you've made that made growing up in the 80s awesome!!.. I hope you fly high and rest in peace .. to the next level cheers !!
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starlez07
RIP George Michael music still lives on.
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Rip.George Michael. .......
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I grew up listening to his music in Puerto Rico I didn't understand a word at the time but I like it then years later I moved to NY and learned English and I still listening and been a fan of George Michael .R.I.P. will miss you.
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Truly my saddest Christmas yet I loved George Michael... Wham went through the radio waves when I was 15 over 30 yrs ago... Making his best music in heaven now....R.I.P G.Michael... . Forever in our hearts ������
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These are memories of my youth. Rest In Peace George you will forever live through your music
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vanessajbmoo r e
Been a true fan for over 30 years. You will be missed Michael.
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So many of these songs remind me of my youth! Thank God for Pandora! #ripgeorge
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R.i.p George Michael. ...you will live on with your music...
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tcolonjr5
Thank you so much for all the love you gave to my youth . Will miss you
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RIP...i will always love you!!
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Rip may you live on in heaven rock on will miss you
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RIP George Michael you will be missed and your music will live on .
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Heaven is rocking!
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memaicki
RIP
U were the track of my life.
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alexandraabe l l a 1 7
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So many amazing people died this year. It just doesn't make sense.
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ms.mary3
You'll always be remembered as a Sexy& Beautiful human being. RIP....
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So sad that we lost another icon in 2016. George Michael thanks for the great music you're leaving us with. One of my favorite artists of all time! Rest in peace..����
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Will miss you!
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Listening to his music brings back so many great memories. I am grateful for the music he has left behind..RIP, I hope you have found peace.
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Sleep well my friend. Much love in your after life.
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Rip love the music ❤❤❤ will miss you
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R.I.P. Mr. Michael
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His voice was so different and unique. That voice is what caught me. I'm going to miss George Michael because he made the 80's so awesome to have grown up in. RIP Mr. George Michael you will be missed.
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vg1878598
Rip George Michael I really don't remember him or Wham! But he was my favorite it hurts the he's gone to soon :-(
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Omg George I will miss you so much. Your music lightens up my day, and you're such a beautiful person. I wish I could've met you. Why you had to die so young I don't know, but you will be forever in the hearts of so many. RIP George❤❤
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