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Careless Whisper by Wham!

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Wham! often Written WHAM! Was A Pop Band Formed In 1981 From Bushey England. They Were Briefly Known In The United States As Wham! UK Due To A Naming Conflict With Another Band. George Michael And Andrew Ridgeley Met At Bushey Meads School In Watford England. At First They Performed In A Short-Lived Rock And Roll Band Called The Executive. They Then Changed Their Name And Signed With Innervision Records. Soon After A Legal Victory Over Innervision Read More On Last.Fm

Frogtoon Music - Song Info: Careless Whisper

"Careless Whisper" Is A 1984 Single By George Michael Credited To Wham! Featuring George Michael In The USA Released By Epic Records In The UK Japan And Other Countries And By Columbia Records In North America. The Song Was George Michael's First Solo Single Although He Was Still Performing In Wham! At The Time The Song Is Included On Wham!'s Album Make It Big . The Song Features A Saxophone Riff And Has Been Covered By A Number Of Artists Since Its First Release. It Was Released As A Single And Became A Huge Commercial Success On Both Sides Of The Atlantic. It Reached Number One In Nearly 25 Countries Selling About Six Million Copies Worldwide. Unlike All The Wham! Singles Except "Wham Rap!" It Was Co-Written By Andrew Ridgeley The Other Member Of The Duo. The Two Had Written It Together As Unknowns Three Years Earlier When Michael Was Working As A Cinema Usher In Watford England. In A June 2006 Interview On London Radio Station Magic 105.4 Michael Said That He Wrote It "in His Head" During Work And That He Recalls Coming Up With The Saxophone Riff Whilst Boarding A Number 32 Bus On The Way Home. Originally The Riff Had Words But Michael Declined To State Them Saying That They Were Very Poor Lyrics. The Song Went Through At Least Two Rounds Of Production. The First Was During A Trip Michael Made To Muscle Shoals Alabama Where He Went To Work With The Legendary Producer Jerry Wexler At The Venerable Muscle Shoals Studio. Michael Was Unhappy With The Version That Was Originally Produced And Decided To Re-Record And Produce The Song Himself This Time Coming Up With The Version That Was Finally Released. The Version Wexler Produced Did However See The Light Of Day But Only Later On As A 4 41 B-Side "Special Version" On 12" Released In England. A Mid-Tempo Ballad With A Soulful Production Standard And A Remarkable Saxophone Solo Played By Steve Gregory The Single Was Issued In August 1984 Entering The UK Singles Chart At Number Twelve. Within Two Weeks It Was At Number One Ending A Nine-Week Run At The Top For "Two Tribes" By Frankie Goes To Hollywood. It Stayed At Number One For Three Weeks Later Going To The Top Of The Charts In Seventeen Other Countries Including The USA's Billboard Hot 100 In February 1985 Although In The United States It Was Credited As "Wham! Featuring George Michael". It Went On To Become The 5th Best-Selling Single Of 1984 In The UK Being Outsold Only By The Two Frankie Goes To Hollywood Tracks "Two Tribes" And "Relax" Stevie Wonder With "I Just Called To Say I Love You" And Band Aid With "Do They Know It's Christmas". In A 2006 Poll For A Programme Britain's Favourite Break-Up Songs "Careless Whisper" Was Voted Sixth. The Music Video Shows The Guilt Felt By A Man Over An Affair And His Acknowledgement That His Partner Was Always Going To Find Out. It Was Taped On Location In Miami During June 1984 And Features Such Locales As Coconut Grove And Watson Island. However It Does Not Give Credit To The Young Women Who Also Starred In The Video. "Careless Whisper" Was Generally The Closing Act For Concerts On The 25 Live Tour And Less Often In The Faith Tour Concerts Usually Performed Live In Many Concerts Tours Like The Cover To Cover Tour And The Rock In Rio Tour. George Michael Would Often Perform "Careless Whisper" With An Extended Version Of The Ending Which Is Apparently His Preferred Version. Recorded * A Hi-NRG/eurodance Cover Of The Song By Sarah Washington Was Released Through Almighty Records In 1993. * A Cover Version Of "Careless Whisper" By Tamia Appears On Her Debut Self-Titled Album Tamia. A Second Recording By Tamia Appeared On The Soundtrack Album To The 1998 Movie A Night At The Roxbury. * Israeli Singer David D'Or Covered The Song In A January 2005 Clubby English Electronic House Vinyl 12" Single On The 3 Lanka And Hed Arzi Labels Produced And Mixed By DJ Amiad With Remixes By Future Funk And Michi Lange. The Track Attracted International Interest. * A Version By Willy Mason Appears On The 2007 Compilation Album The Saturday Sessions The Dermot O'Leary Show. * Gossip Covered The Song In 2007 For The Album Radio 1 Established 1967 A Collection Of Covers Recorded For The 40th Year Anniversary Of BBC Radio 1. * Quebec City Acoustic Cover Band The Lost Fingers Recorded A Cover Of The Song For Their 2008 Album Lost In The 80s. * Irish Singer Edward J. Valentine Released A Version That Reached Number 47 For 1 Week In The Irish Music Charts In 2008. Mike Mulvihill Of "The Power Hour" Hailed It As "a Song That Defines This Generation" And That This Cover Was "unrivalled". * American Crunk Pop Band 3OH!3 Covered This Song With Alex Gaskarth Of All Time Low And Juliet Simms Of Automatic Loveletter. * Seether Covered The Song In 2009. It Was Released As A Single On February 9 2009. Their Version Has Reached #63 On The U.S. Billboard Hot 100 And The Top Five On Mainstream And Modern Rock Charts And The Combined Rock Songs Chart. In His Review For Billboard Bram Teitelman Said "the Song Is A Mostly Faithful Take On The Original With Guitars Subbing For The Saxophone Intro Before Greeting A Staind-Meets-Nickelback Grunge Dynamic. Younger Rock Fans Who Don't Know George Michael From Boy George Will Love The Song".
* In Mexico Pedro Fernández Also Has A Spanish Cover Version Called "Absurda Confidencia." The Song Has Been Covered By Many Other Artists Including 2Play 2005 Bananarama 2001 On Exotica Album Brian McKnight 2007 Kenny G Featuring McKnight 2004 For Kenny's At Last...The Duets Album Boston Pops Orchestra Composed By John Williams Columbia Ballroom Orchestra 1994 Dave Koz Featuring R&B Artist Montell Jordan Taking The Vocal Lead 1999 On The Album The Dance David & The High Spirit 2003 Del 2004 Delight 2001 DJ Irene 2003 Farhad Besharati 2006 George Michael 1998 Gloria Gaynor Harlemm Lee 2003 Hit Crew 2006 James Douglas 2003 Julio Iglesias 2006 Jordan Knight 2006 Katelyn Tarver 2006 Kenny G 2004 Kymeria 2005 Paul Mauriat Richard Clayderman 2004 In An Instrumental Version Richard Clayderman And James Last Roger Williams Roxy Pain 2007 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1998 Sarah Washington The Sax Brothers 2003 Simion Luca 1998 Skip Martin 2006 Slinkee Minx 2004 Side A On "Closer" Single The Shadows 2006 And Barry Manilow 2008 . * The Song Was Covered By Shayne Ward In British Talent Show The X Factor In 2005 And By Danyl Johnson In 2009. * In The First Season Of Singapore Idol The Song Was Sung By Patrick Khoo Who Literally Whispered It. He Did Not Pass The Audition. * In The Fourth Season Of Canadian Idol The Song Was Sung By Runner Up Craig Sharpe Of Upper Island Cove Newfoundland And Labrador. Zach Werner One Of The Canadian Idol Judges Has Noted Craig's Vocal Similarity To George Michael On Numerous Occasions. * The Song Has Been Performed Twice On American Idol By Jamar In Season 1 And Paul Kim In Season 6. * In The Australian TV Show Rockwiz It Was Done As A Duet Between Kate Miller Heidke And Paul Dempsey. * The Song Was Later Covered By Ben Folds And Rufus Wainwright In Several 2004 Live Performances. * The Gossip Recently Performed A Cover Of "Careless Whisper" On The UK's Radio 1 Live Lounge Which They Began With A Verse From Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone" * It Has Also Been Covered Live By The Japanese Rock Singer Hyde From L'Arc-En-Ciel Fame And The Taiwanese Performer Teresa Teng. * Barenaked Ladies Performed And Recorded The Song While On Their 2007 "Ships And Dip" Musical Cruise. * In An Acoustic Concert In Shanghai March 13 2008 Incubus Covered The Song. Brandon Boyd Sang A Portion Of The Song Accompanied By Temporary Bassist Mike Einziger Mike Played Bass For Several Songs Not All . Ben Kenney Was Absent From The Show As He Was Recuperating From An Upset Stomach. * Singer Drew Stevyns Performed Seether's Cover Of This Song On The Fourth Season Of America's Got Talent. * The X Factor Contestant Danyl Johnson Covered This Song Getting Positive Reviews From The Judges. * In The Episode "The Great Eekscape" Of Eek The Cat Bill Clinton Played A Sample Of The Song With His Saxophone When Sharky Went To The White House. * The Song Is Featured On The Video Games Karaoke Revolution Volume 3 And Singstar. * Degrassi The Next Generation Which Is Known For Naming Its Episodes After Songs From The 1980s Has An Episode Named After This Song. In It A Character Is Beginning To Question His Heterosexuality. * Jesse In An Episode Jesse Comments On Diego's Dancing With "I Guess Guilty Feet Really Ain't Got No Rhythm" Referring To A Line From This Song. * The Song Is Featured In The 2000 Miss Universe Evening Gown Competition. * In The Seventh Season Of Friends Chandler's Ex-Girlfriend Janice Has Invited Herself To The Wedding Of Chandler And Monica Unaware That She Is An Unwanted Guest. Janice Asks The Couple What Song They Would Like Her To Sing At The Wedding Lady In Red Or Careless Whisper. * In The Philippines This Song Gained Notoriety After A Home-Made Video Showing Celebrities Dr. Hayden Kho And Katrina Halili Singing This Song And Dancing Scantily Clad Was Uploaded To Youtube. * Aside From This Scandal Kris Lawrence Performs The New Version. * Tatum O'Neal And Nick Kosovich Danced A Rumba In Season 2 Of Dancing With The Stars

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