“Careless Whisper” is a 1984 single by George Michael (credited to Wham! featuring George Michael in the US). The song was George Michael’s first solo single although he was still performing in Wham! at the time (the song is included on Wham!’s album Make It Big). The song features a prominent saxophone riff, and has been covered by a number of artists since its first release. It was released as a single and became a huge commercial success on both sides of the Atlantic. It reached number one in nearly 25 countries, selling about six million copies worldwide.

George Michael (born Georgios Kyriacos Panagiotou; 25 June 1963) is a British musician, singer, songwriter and record producer who rose to fame in the 1980s when he formed the pop duo Wham! with his school friend, Andrew Ridgeley. As one of the world’s best-selling music artists, Michael has sold over 100 million records worldwide as of 2010. His 1987 debut solo album, Faith, has sold over 25 million copies worldwide and made several records and achievements in the United States. Michael has garnered seven number one singles in the UK and eight number one hits on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. In 2008, Billboard magazine ranked Michael the 40th most successful artist on the “The Billboard Hot 100 Top All-Time Artists”. Michael has won numerous music awards throughout his 30 year career, including three Brit Awards—winning Best British Male twice, four MTV Video Music Awards, four Ivor Novello Awards, three American Music Awards, and two Grammy Awards from eight nominations.

On October 26, 2011, Michael had to cancel a performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall due to viral infection. On November 21, Michael was admitted to hospital in Vienna after complaining of chest pains at a hotel two hours prior to him performing at a venue there for his Symphonica Tour. Michael was later confirmed to have suffered from pneumonia and until December 1 was in an intensive-care unit. While Michael appeared to be “in good spirits” and was responding well to treatment following his admittance, hospital officials said on November 25, that Michael’s condition had “worsened overnight”. This development led to Michael’s remaining 2011 dates, most of them in the United Kingdom, to be cancelled and postponed. Michael’s friend, celebrity hairstylist Fadi Fawaz, told press that Michael’s health was improving “by the hour”. On December 1, doctors in the hospital Michael is staying in, announced that the singer was “steadily improving” and had moved out of the intensive care unit.

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SOULSPY Nu-Disco Edit of George Michael`s “Careless Whisper”. Release date: Dec 3, 2011.


This track is a Capitol radio session, circa 1981 or 1982, very early on the career of Basia Trzetrzelewska, long before she became a solo artist and popularized herself with her album, “Time and Tide.” Basia provided the vocals with Ian Lynn on the piano. Music by Ronnie Ross and lyrics by Peter Ross. The album was called “Basia and Danny White rarities, 1981.”

Basia Trzetrzelewska is a Polish singer-songwriter and record producer. She is noted for possessing a wide vocal range, approximately three octaves that span from contralto to soprano tessituras, as well as her singular jazz-influenced stylings and multi-layered harmonies. Born in Jaworzno, Poland, she debuted as a guest of local amateur rock band Astry and performed with them on Polish Festival of Beat Avangarde in Kalisz, where they won in 1969. She later relocated to London in 1981. It was there she met Mark Reilly and longtime collaborator Danny White (brother of jazz guitarist Peter White). In 1983, the trio performed as the jazz-pop group Bronze but later changed their name to Matt Bianco and recorded their debut album Whose Side Are You On?, released in 1984.

After launching her solo career in 1987, her first album Time and Tide was released which sold almost two million copies, hitting it on the top 30 list on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The rest, as they say, is history.

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Shy Guy was Diana King’s first single, co-written and produced by Andy Marvel, from her debut album Tougher Than Love, which reached number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and certified gold by the RIAA. It also reached number two on the UK Singles Chart and number one Eurochart Hot 100 Singles chart. After having sold nearly five million singles worldwide, the song made the soundtrack to the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced 1995 Michael Bay-directed film, Bad Boys, starring Martin Lawrence and Will Smith.

Diana King is a reggae fusion singer-songwriter born to a Jamaica Indian mother and an African father. She is currently writing and recording under her own record label, ThinkLikeAgirl. She also tours Asia annually. Her fourth studio album Warrior Girl was released in Japan on September 22, 2010.

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In the heydays of good, quality love songs, I remember this tune from the albums of my Dad. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find the vinyl long-playing record anymore. Still, it brings back memories of the (really) good ol’ days.

Captain & Tennille are American pop music recording artists who achieved chart success from 1975 to 1980. The duo consists of husband “Captain” Daryl Dragon and wife Cathryn Antoinette “Toni” Tennille. Daryl was a one-time keyboard musician for The Beach Boys who was instrumental in also bringing Toni into the band, the one and only “Beach Girl.”

Their first hit single was “Love Will Keep Us Together,” which went to number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 nine weeks after its debut in 1975, and it went on to win the Grammy Award for Record of the Year. Tennille and Dragon eventually married on November 11, 1975. They reached number-one with their first single “Do That to Me One More Time” in January 1980.

Dragon & Tennille spent most of the 1990s and 2000s in the Lake Tahoe area in Nevada, where they had lived for more than a dozen years, and where, during that time, Tennille served as Ambassador for the Arts for the state. In the mid-2000s, they temporarily took year-round residence at their second home, located in the Palm Springs area of Southern California, until 2008, when they built a house and settled down in Prescott, Arizona, where Tennille participates in the annual Prescott Jazz Summit.

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Ciara: The Evolution became Ciara’s first number one album on the US Billboard 200 and second on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts with sales of more than 338,000 becoming her highest first week of sales to date. The album went on to be certified platinum by the RIAA in the United States, within only five weeks of its release, and has sold 1.3 million copies according to Nielsen SoundScan. It sold over two million copies worldwide. The album’s international lead single “Get Up” which features Chamillionaire reached number seven in the United States and gained a platinum accreditation. It reached number five in New Zealand. The song was used for the film Step Up and featured on the film’s soundtrack.

Ciara is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, actress and fashion model. She said that watching Destiny’s Child and Janet Jackson perform on a television program while staying home from school inspired her to pursue a career in music, and cites superstar siblings Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson as her biggest inspiration. Ciara is quoted to have reached what she considered “a career pinnacle” when she recorded with Janet Jackson on Jackson’s 2008 Discipline album. In October 2008 Ciara was honored as Billboard’s “Woman of the Year”, because of her success as a recording artist and leadership in embracing the changing music business.

In 2009 Ciara signed a multi-million dollar deal with the modeling agency Wilhelmina Models. On November 9, 2009 it was announced that Ciara would be modeling in the German edition of “Vogue”. During that time, it was also announced that Ciara would be the new face of a major multimedia ad campaign for Verizon’s smartphone the LG Chocolate Touch. In March 2010 it was officially confirmed and announced that Ciara was the spokesperson in the new ad campaign for Adidas Originals.

For now, Ciara is focusing on promoting Basic Instinct, an album she hopes will inspire her fans – both to have fun to and to pursue their dreams. It’s also a landmark record for an artist who has hit a comfortable creative stride. “I’m really running with my ‘basic instinct’ — the first feeling. I’m even giving more of myself, too, because I’m really private. Over the years, my music has been my voice. With Basic Instinct, I wanted to give more.”

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