Wham! was a British pop duo composed by George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley.
A group that began its period of activity in the music industry in 1981. Their career as a duo was not very long, since in 1986 both artists decided to put a separate direction to their lives and their musical career.
However, that did not prevent them from releasing great musical hits that have gone down in history.See also:Pat Benatar one of the greatest artists of the 1980s
Teenage audiences went wild
Wham!’s impact on the public, especially on teenage girls, came when they finished their debut performance with the song ‘Young Guns (Go For It!)’ on the British TV program ‘Top of the Pops’, an important weekly show on the BBC.See also:John Lennon Secrets Revealed
Such was its success that the song reached the Top 40 of the most played songs of the moment, ranking #3 in December 1982.
Greatest hits of Wham!
Since then, the success of Wham! grew like foam. It was then when they wrote their name little by little among the most legendary artists of the time by releasing songs like ‘Careless Whisper‘, ‘I’m Your Man‘, ‘Everything She Wants‘, ‘Club Tropicana‘, ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go Go‘ or one of their great Christmas classics, ‘Last Christmas‘.See also:Lyrics to the song «Last Christmas» of Wham!
After five years of success the band split up, the main reason according to the press at the time was that George wanted to pursue his solo career, which, by the way, was also very successful.See also:Where was the music video for Wham!’s «Last Christmas» filmed?
The band’s split was officially announced in the spring of 1986, for which they announced a historic concert at Wembley Stadium on June 28, 1986, called «The Final». Wham! said goodbye to their audience in front of 73 000 fans in an event that lasted 8 hours, and presented very emotional moments.
In an October 2008 poll conducted by NME, Wham! was voted ‘The Greatest Boy Band of All Time‘, beating out bands such as Backstreet Boys and N’Sync for the prestigious title. It was certainly an extraordinary five years.