Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!!! With the passing of George Michael on Christmas Day, I’m tuning it back to “Last Christmas” by Wham! for the final TuneBack of 2016.
ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: December 3, 1984
TRIVIA: Wham! had already had two number ones in the UK Singles Chart in 1984 and news that they were planning a Christmas single meant that a battle for the coveted Christmas number one spot in the UK seemed set to be between Wham! and the year’s other big act, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, who had achieved a third number one in early December with “The Power of Love”. However, the Band Aid project helmed by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure, produced the number one single “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”. Wham!’s offering peaked at number two for much of the period, although George’s involvement in Band Aid meant that Wham! still had an input. Wham! subsequently donated all of their “Last Christmas/Everything She Wants” royalties to the Ethiopian famine.
See you next Tuesday!