George Michael marking Wham! anniversary via new single

By | Published on Wednesday 20 June 2012

George Michael

Ah, has it really been three decades since a young George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley of pin-up pop act Wham! scored their first ever chart hit with the spoken-sung disco monstrosity that was ‘Wham Rap’? Believe it or not, it must be so, given that George Michael is releasing a very special single titled ‘White Light’ to coincide with the 30th anniversary of ‘Wham Rap’s’ original 1982 release.

In fact, the brand new track – which has (unlike the ‘Rap’, in which Ridgely had a hand) been written, produced and arranged solely by George – will have its radio premiere on the exact same date that ‘Wham Rap’ first charted, that being 29 Jun.

Also written, produced and arranged solely by George is a note enclosed with the single’s press release that reads: “Although I know the music industry tradition on such occasions is to list the hundreds of millions of albums sold, the number of records broken and awards received over all those years, I would simply like to say thank you”.

It continues: “Most of my fans realise that I dreamed of a career as a singer/songwriter from an early age, but never in my wildest imaginings could I have known that I would still be here thirty years later, healthy, happy, and feeling that I still have so much more music to give. It is miraculous in so many ways. Fate has been so kind to me, as have the millions of people that that have bought records and come to see me play year after year since 1982”.

Concluding: “I am truly blessed, and ‘White Light’ is my thank you to everybody who has been a part of my success. And I mean everybody, including the press!! Long may it continue”.

Yes, long indeed. In related news, the Mirror reckons Michael and Ridgeley may reunite for a one off 30th anniversary Wham! show. Oh joy.