English pop duo

Wham! was an English pop band.[1] It was created in 1981 by George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley.[1] They released their first single in 1982.[2] For a short time, they were known in the United States as Wham! UK because another band already had that name.[3] They are best known for the songs Last Christmas and Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go.

Wham! circa 1984-1985 (cropped).jpg
Wham! in 1985
Background information
Also known asWham! UK
OriginBushey, Hertfordshire, England
GenresPost-disco, blue-eyed soul, New Wave
Years active1981–1986
LabelsInnervision Records
Columbia Records
Past member(s)George Michael
Andrew Ridgeley


  1. 1.0 1.1 Wham!. www.simplyeighties.com. Retrieved December 31, 2021.
  2. When was Whams first hit?. boardgamestips.com. Retrieved December 31, 2021.
  3. Wham! UK. www.discogs.com. Retrieved December 31, 2021.