The story behind George Michael's coolest song: "Careless Whisper"!
The first real hit in the solo career of British musician George Michael was the composition Careless Whisper. Touching lines and an amazing saxophone solo allowed this beautiful song to be at the top of the charts in many countries. The pop ballad became stunningly profitable in terms of profits as well.
The history of the composition Careless Whisper
According to Michael, he always wrote on the road: on the bus, train, car. The song was no exception Careless Whisper, invented on the way to a restaurant where the musician worked as a DJ at that time.
It is noteworthy that in this case, Michael remembers exactly how the song came to his mind, that is, the time, place, circumstances, since the memories of his other creations are already at the time of popularity. wham!, rather vague.
Despite the fact that, according to the performer, it may sound strange and overly romantic, he clearly remembers his seat on the bus, how he gave money and at that moment thought about the saxophone part. For three months, the musician mentally worked out the composition, it was completely invented by him in his mind.
Andrew Ridgeley, his close friend and partner in the band, participated in the creation of the composition along with George Michael. wham!.
What Careless Whisper Tells the Listener
To better understand the song, it is worth knowing about the love suffering of George Michael in his youth. The musician recalls that at the age of 12 he often accompanied his older sister to the rink, where the girl Jane used to be. Michael then was a complete boy with glasses, and Jane, with her luxurious blond hair, seemed unattainable. Having no hopes for reciprocity, he fell head over heels in love and, while his sister was skating, spent the whole day in terrible excitement.
They met again at a local disco, where George was performing, by that time causing more affection among the female. After meeting Jane called him to her. They met for several months, but the musician admits that he did not stop meeting with another girl, his “official” couple at that time. In his own eyes, Michael looked like a tough guy who, once a complete loser, was able to become a smart guy, dating two girls at once.
Within the meaning of Careless Whisper, the first girl finds out about the deception, but then this did not happen to George. When the deception was revealed, she immediately cut off communication with him, but the musician felt guilty for a long time. And the song, in fact, is about Jane, with whom they often danced. But in this case, the girl dances, already knowing about the deceit, and their relationship is over.
Song recording and release
The original version was recorded by producer Jerry Wexler at Muscle Shoals Studios in Alabama. However, the musician himself was dissatisfied with the work, and therefore re-recorded the composition to his taste. Saxophone part performed by Steve Gregory.
This version was released as a single from the album. Make It Big in the summer of 1984, and a couple of months later, the first version of the track was released as a single.
In the UK, USA and a number of other countries, the track immediately took a leading position in the charts and sold over 6 million copies. The song's popularity has been astounding.
At the same time, the performer himself does not consider it among his favorites. What's more, George Michael admits to being frustrated at how flippant the lyrics can be. His illusions as an author are shattered by the fact that not-so-perfect words have come to mean so much to people.
American actress Lisa Stahl took part in the filming of the video clip, the shooting took place in Miami. During the work, a number of problems arose, which the actress later shared. Recordings of Stahl and Michael kissing were lost and the scenes had to be re-shot. In addition, during the filming, the musician did not like his hairstyle. George called his sister from England, who cut his hair. For this reason, a number of other scenes had to be re-shot.
Musicians who have performed cover versions
Careless Whisper inspired the creation of cover versions of various famous musicians, but there are those whose performance is especially distinguished.
Brian Mcknight & Kenny G. and their version
Robyn Adele Anderson & Dave Koz with a vintage jazz version of the song.
In 2016 song Careless Whisper featured on the soundtrack to the Deadpool movie.