ON THIS DAY IN 1985
Wham! become the first Western pop group to play in China when they performed at the Worker’s Gymnasium in Beijing.
The popular song ‘Careless Whisper’ reach No.1 in more than 25 countries and sold in excess of six million copies worldwide.
Careless Whisper led the poll for Midday Joy this afternoon with 75% of respondents requesting the song be aired.
#YouCannotUnhearThis – Wham! has many sing-along-hits. Back in the 1980s, the group spent 18 months trying to get clearance to perform in China.
— Kaya FM 95.9 (@kayafm95dot9) April 7, 2021
The song was co-written by George Michael and his Wham! bandmate Andrew Ridgeley.
Contrary to popular belief, the song was not based on an actual event in George Michael’s high school dating life. In fact, he thought the entire story up while boarding a bus.
The lyrics, fictitious though it was, demonstrated George Michael’s innate talent for the mature songwriting he evoked as a solo artist.
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With lines like “guilty feet have got no rhythm,” the singer established his solo singing career and became one of the most iconic artists at the time.
The song was a very important one for George Michael’s career, but he later said that he felt little connection with it.
When he released his album ‘Faith’ in 1987 he said, “While ‘Careless Whisper’ was loved by many, it did nothing for me emotionally. Most likely because it seems like it’s from another lifetime. On the other hand, ‘One More Try,’ is a ballad that is very close to my heart.”
Did you know?
George Michael claimed that he got more compliments on his writing of the sax solo at the beginning of the song than on anything else he had ever written.
The sax solo was played by Steve Gregory, a session player based in London. Ten different sax players tried out the solo before Gregory came up with the sound Michael was looking for.
I can keep my cool pretty well. But let the sax from “Careless Whisper” by Wham drop. I lose all my cool and get into it.
And don’t let there be a mic around. I am definitely gonna give you a performance. pic.twitter.com/NSSrSF2Z0J
— Black Girls Do Stuff Too (@BlkGirlsDoStuff) April 5, 2021
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