Brit singer-songwriter George Michael & duo Wham! begin 3 weeks at US#1 with single Careless Whisper.
Co-written by Andrew Ridgeley, it had become an international #1 hit since its release in the UK (where Wham! was a top act) the previous summer. It’s included in UK,US#1 1984 album Make It Big. Lead track Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go is Wham!s biggest, international #1 hit.
Since Wham! broke up in 1986, Michael has continued a grand career (as of 2010 he’s sold 100 million+ records) and endured more than enough publicity. His last UK top-10 is 2004’s Flawless, a sampled, lyricized version of a 1999 UK#7 tune by US electronic dance music trio The Ones.
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Pop rap song Do The Bartman makes UK#1.
The single, from the Dec. 1990 The Simpsons album The Simpsons Sing the Blues, is never released as a US single. It’s a top-10 in English-speaking and Scandanavian countries.
With a song written by Michael Jackson, it’s the first #1 single by fictional characters since The Archies did it with Sugar, Sugar, released July 26, 1969.