DJ Blog: This Day in Music History – Wham!


February 16, 2012. That’s today.
February 16, 1985. Wham!’s “Careless Whisper” topped the U.S. charts, staying at number one for three weeks.

Initially Andrew Ridgeley and, of course, George Michael came together to form a ska band called The Executive. In 1982, they came to their New Wave-disco-pop-fusion sense, and Wham! was born. With guitarist Ridgeley as the band’s backbone (spokesman and image specialist) and singer Michael as the flair (composer and producer), Wham! was on the track to success.

Wham! released three studio albums from 1983 to 1986: Fantastic, Make it Big and Music from the Edge of Heaven. They became most notably famous for their hit single “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go” off the 1984 album Make It Big. (And for anyone who is slightly confused, yes, that is that one song from Zoolander …. Also aybe brush up on your 80s music knowledge? Please?)

“Careless Whisper” was also featured on Make it Big, though it was widely credited to George Michael as a solo effort when initially released as a single. This song went on to reach number one in almost 30 countries, including the United States!

Wanna check it out? Here you go, boys and girls!

About Joanna Nowak

Hey there! I’m Joanna. I’m a broadcast journalism major and, luckily, I’m one of those people who’s already doing exactly what she wants to do for the rest of forever. You can read my segment here and listen to me DJ on the WPGU airwaves. When I’m not obsessing over music, I love movies, wearing mismatched socks, drinking coffee and having wacky adventures.

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One Response to DJ Blog: This Day in Music History – Wham!

  1. Andy February 17, 2012 at 1:28 pm #

    Hey Joanna, along the lines of music history, check out this page – you can listen to the top billboard hits and news headlines from the last few decades.

    http://www.onepageartist.com/timemachine