CARELESS Whisper is one of the greatest love songs of all time.
In March 2023 Careless Whisper reached a billion views on YouTube, but what is the song actually about.
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When did George Michael write Careless Whisper?
George Michael co-wrote Careless Whisper with his Wham! bandmate Andrew Ridgeley in 1981 in Watford.
The track got released on Wham’s second and final album Make It Big in 1984.
In George’s published memoir Bare in 1991 he said that he wrote the track while travelling to a DJ set in Bel Air.
He wrote: “I have always written on buses, trains and in cars.
“It always happens on journeys … With ‘Careless Whisper’ I remember exactly where it first came to me, where I came up with the sax line”
What is Careless Whisper about?
George said in his memoire Bare that he recalls events from his childhood in his songs.
Careless Whisper is about how Michael was with a girl and then started to see another girl and cheated on her.
George explained that when he was 12 years old he had a crush on a girl named Jane.
He would always see her when he was chaperoning his sister at the ice rink in Queensway, London.
But he said that she would not give him her attention because he was a fat pre-teen with glasses.
When George was sixteen, he had his first girlfriend – Helen.
However he met Jane again and she showed interest now that he had changed and was no longer fat.
Jane and George started seeing each other, while he was still with Helen.
In Bare he said about it: “I thought I was being smart – I had gone from being a total loser to being a two-timer.”
What are George Michael’s biggest songs?
During his career George Michael produced a bunch of hit songs, both as part of Wham and solo.
He had seven Number 1 singles in the UK with Careless Whisper, A Different Corner, I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) feat Aretha Franklin, Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me feat Elton John, Five Live, Jesus To A Child and Fastlove.
Other big songs of his are Faith, I Want Your Sex, Outside and many more.
George also had five Number 1 UK singles during his time with Wham.
Those songs were Last Christmas, The Edge Of Heaven, I’m Your Man, Freedom and Wake Me Up Before You Go Go.