“Careless Whisper” is a classic pop ballad that by English singer-songwriter George Michael. The song was co-written by George Michael and his Wham! bandmate, Andrew Ridgeley, when they were just 17 years old. While it was released as a single credited to “George Michael,” it is often associated with the duo’s previous band, Wham! The song was also included on Wham!’s second and final studio album, “Make It Big”.
The single was released as the single on July 23, 1984 with the instrumental version of the song on the B.sude, Upon its release, “Careless Whisper” achieved tremendous commercial success worldwide. It topped the charts in several countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom. The song’s popularity helped establish George Michael as a successful solo artist following his departure from Wham!
The official music video was directed by Duncan Gibbins. It shows the guilt felt by a man (portrayed by Michael) over an affair, and his acknowledgement that his partner (American model, actress and game show host Lisa Stahl) is going to find out. Madeline Andrews-Hodge plays the woman who lures George away. It was filmed on location in Miami, Florida and features such locales as Coconut Grove and Watson Island. The final part of the video shows Michael leaning out of a top floor balcony of Miami’s Grove Towers.
A first original version of the video was edited with the Jerry Wexler 1983 version, and featured Andrew as a cameo, handing over a letter to a dark-haired George. This version had a more detailed storyline, but was then re-edited later
“Careless Whisper” is known for its smooth saxophone melody, heartfelt lyrics, and George Michael’s soulful vocals. The song explores themes of guilt, regret, and the consequences of infidelity. It tells the story of a secret relationship that leads to heartbreak and the burden of a guilty conscience.
The iconic saxophone riff, performed by Steve Gregory, is one of the most recognizable elements of the song and has become an enduring musical motif in popular culture. The combination of George Michael’s emotive vocals, poignant lyrics, and the memorable saxophone melody contributed to the song’s lasting appeal.
“Careless Whisper” remains one of George Michael’s most beloved and well-known songs. It has been covered and sampled by various artists over the years, further cementing its place in popular music. Its timeless appeal and emotional resonance continue to captivate listeners, making it a classic ballad that is frequently played on radio stations and cherished by fans around the world.