Wham was a British pop duo formed in 1981 by George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley. They quickly rose to fame in the 1980s with their infectious pop tunes and energetic performances. The duo’s music was characterized by catchy melodies, danceable rhythms, and George Michael’s soulful vocals. Wham’s music was a perfect reflection of the carefree and fun-loving spirit of the 1980s.

George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley met in the early 1980s as school friends in Bushey, Hertfordshire. They shared a passion for music and decided to form a band called Wham. Their debut single, “Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do)” was released in 1982 and became a minor hit in the UK. However, it was their second single, “Young Guns (Go for It!)” that catapulted them to stardom, reaching the top 3 in the UK charts.

Wham’s debut album, “Fantastic,” was released in 1983 and spawned several hit singles including “Bad Boys,” “Club Tropicana,” and “Wham Rap!.” The album was a commercial success and established Wham as one of the top pop acts in the UK.

In 1984, Wham released their second album, “Make It Big,” which featured the iconic hit single “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go.” The song topped the UK charts and became a massive international success. The album also produced the chart-topping ballad “Careless Whisper,” which showcased George Michael’s songwriting talents.

Wham’s success continued with hits like “Everything She Wants” and “Last Christmas,” a holiday favorite that remains popular to this day. In 1986, the duo released their final studio album, “Music from the Edge of Heaven,” which featured the hit singles “The Edge of Heaven” and “I’m Your Man.”

Wham had a string of hit singles during their career, including:

1. “Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do)”
2. “Young Guns (Go for It!)”
3. “Bad Boys”
4. “Club Tropicana”
5. “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go”
6. “Careless Whisper”
7. “Freedom”
8. “Everything She Wants”
9. “Last Christmas”
10. “The Edge of Heaven”
11. “I’m Your Man”

Wham released three studio albums during their career:

1. “Fantastic” (1983)
2. “Make It Big” (1984)
3. “Music from the Edge of Heaven” (1986)

Awards and Achievements
Wham received numerous awards and accolades during their career, including:

– Brit Awards (Best British Group, 1985)
– MTV Video Music Awards (Best New Artist, 1984)
– Ivor Novello Awards (Songwriter of the Year – George Michael, 1985)
– Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal (1986)

George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley’s contribution to the music industry and their impact on pop culture in the 1980s cannot be understated. Wham’s music continues to be celebrated and enjoyed by fans around the world, making them one of the most iconic pop acts of their era.

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