Wham! in History

Events in Music

Music Single

1984-07-24 "Careless Whisper" single released by George Michael (credited in US to Wham!) (Billboard Song of the Year 1985)

  • 1985-04-18 "Wham!" become the first western pop act to release an album in China
  • 1985-09-28 "Freedom" by Wham! peaks at #3

Birthdays in Music

  • 1944-03-15 Gordon "Jazz" Summers, British music manager (Wham, Snow Patrol), born in Winchester, Hampshire (d. 2015)
  • 1949-07-05 Tommy Eyre, British touring and session keyboardist, and musical director (Joe Cocker, Gerry Rafferty, Wham!), born in Sheffield, England (d. 2001)
  • 1961-06-06 Dee C. Lee [Diane Catherine Sealy], British rock musician (Wham!, Style Council), born in London, England
  • 1962-04-18 Shirlie Holliman, English pop singer (Wham!, Pepsi & Shirlie), born in Bushey Heath, Hertfordshire, England
  • 1962-12-30 Paul Crowder, British musician (The Adventures), sound engineer (Wham!), and filmmaker (Last Play At Shea), born in London
  • 1963-01-26 Andrew Ridgeley, British pop guitarist, songwriter and producer (Wham - "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"), born in Windlesham, Surrey, England

George MichaelGeorge Michael (1963-2016)

1963-06-25 English singer-songwriter and pop superstar (Wham! - "Careless Whisper"; "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"; solo - " I Want Your Sex"; "Faith"), born in London, England


Deaths in Music

  • 2001-05-23 Tommy Eyre, British touring and session keyboardist, and musical director (Joe Cocker, Gerry Rafferty, Wham!), dies of esophageal cancer at 51
  • 2015-08-14 Gordon "Jazz" Summers, British music manager (Wham; Snow Patrol), dies at 71

George MichaelGeorge Michael (1963-2016)

2016-12-25 English singer-songwriter and pop superstar (Wham! - "Careless Whisper"; "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"; solo - " I Want Your Sex"; "Faith"), dies of suspected heart failure at 53