George Michael and
Andrew Ridgeley formed Wham! in the early 80's.
The two met in secondary school in Hertfordshire,
England. They initially performed together in a
band called The Executive, and when that band broke up,
the duo formed Wham! and landed a record deal.
Wham's first release was
Although the initial singles from this album did not
chart in the USA, they did chart in a number of European
countries, including the UK. Songs you may
remember from this release include "Young Guns (Go For
It)", "Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do)", "Bad Boys", and
"Club Tropicana". By the end of 1983, Wham was in
the same league as Duran Duran and Culture Club as
Britain's top acts.
After changing their
image and sound to a more popish direction, Wham
Make It Big (1984),
which propelled them into international stardom.
Songs from this album that charted in the USA included
"Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go", "Careless Whisper",
"Freedom", and "Everything She Wants". And the
hits kept on rolling with the release of
Music from the Edge of
Heaven in 1986. This release featured the
hit songs "Last Christmas", "I'm Your Man", "The Edge of
Heaven", and "Where Did Your Heart Go".
It was after their
1986 release that the duo agreed to amicably split.
Michael was interested in creating more mature music,
and it is well known that he went onto a successful solo
career. Ridgeley did not. At the time of
this writing, there was no Wham! reunion in the cards.
The Wham! Discography is as follows:1983: Fantastic
1984: Make It Big
1986: Music from the Edge of Heaven
1986: The Final
1988: 12" Mixes
1997: The Best of Wham!: If You Were There...