Careless Whisper – Wham!

THIS DAY IN MUSIC………………………………….on February 16th of 1985 “Careless Whisper” by Wham  becomes the #1 song in America. Contrary to popular belief, this song was not based on an actual event in George Michael’s high school dating life, but rather he thought the whole thing up while boarding a bus. It was a fictitious story, but the tune was great and the song was a hit. 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 saxophone part was played by Steve Gregory, a session player based in London. As verified by Chris Porter, who was the engineer on the session, 10 different sax players tried to do the solo before Gregory came up with the sound Michael was looking for. Most Wham! songs were written solo by George Michael, but this one was also credited to Andrew Ridgeley, the other half of Wham!. The song was released on the duo’s second album, Make It Big. This was Epic Records first million-selling single and it was George Michael’s biggest-selling single in the UK, either as a solo artist or with Wham!, selling 1,365,995 copies. In America, “Careless Whisper” was certified platinum, meaning it sold over 2 million copies. 

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