Wham! and George Michael
Wham! was formed in 1981 by George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley.
Wham! had six UK No.1's between 1983 and 1986. These were; "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go", "Careless Whisper", "Freedom", "I'm Your Man", "A Different Corner" and "The Edge Of Heaven".
Their first single release was "Wham Rap!" in June 1982, but this failed to hit the top 40. Wham's first major success came from their next single "Young Guns (Go For It!") which reached No.3 in both the UK and Irish singles chart in September 1982.
Following on from this success, "Wham Rap!" was re-released and managed to reach No.8 in the UK, No.9 in Australia and No.13 in the Irish singles chart.
Wham! had two UK No.2 hits with "Bad Boys" in May 1983 and with "Last Christmas" in December 1984. Their other well-known hit was the camptastic "Club Tropicana", which reached No.4 in July 1983.
Wham's farewell album "The Final" was released in 1986, and reached No.2 in the UK album charts. The final single taken from the album was "The Edge Of Heaven" which was a UK No.1.
Overall, Wham! released three studio albums which were Fantastic (UK No.1, 1983), Make It Big (UK No.1, 1984) and The Final (UK No.2, 1986).
Music From The Edge Of Heaven (U.S. No.10, 1985), was a severely pared-down version of The Final with alternate tracks, and was released in the U.S.
If You Were There (The Best Of Wham) was released in 1997 and reached No.4 in the UK.
Of course, George Michael's musical career was far from over. His 1987 debut solo album, "Faith" was a massive success and has now sold over 20 million copies worldwide.
The video clip features George Michael and Andrew Ridgley's final performance as Wham! on the British music show Top Of The Pops.
By the time The Edge Of Heaven was released Wham had already announced they were going to split-up, and George Michael was keen to develop a more sophisticated, adult sound.
The song was the 80s band's fourth and final number one and was lifted from The Final album. In America the song reached #10, making it their last Top 40 hit in the Billboard Hot 100.
Wham performing Freedom on BBC Top of the Pops in 1984
Released in the late summer of 1984, Freedom was a #1 in the UK, Ireland and Norway during 1984 and was taken from the second album, Make It Big which was released a couple of months later during October 1984. It was the band's second out of four number one hit singles in the UK and their seventh Top 20 hit of the 80s.
Make It Big!
Released on 23rd October 1984, the second album release from Wham! certainly lived up to its title, and went on to become the band's most successful studio album achieving 6x Platinum in both the U.S. and Canada and 4x Platinum in the UK.
1. Wake Me Up Before You Go Go (reached #1 in the UK and US)
2. Everything She Wants (released as a double-A side with Last Christmas)
4. Like A Baby
5. Freedom (the final #1 single for the band in the UK)
6. If You Were There
7. Credit Card Baby
8. Careless Whisper (later released as a solo single by George Michael)
The cover of Wham's Debut album "Fantastic", which was released in 1983 and was a UK No.1 in the album charts.