One of the most memorable Pop music duets of all time
In 1987 George Michael and Aretha Franklin duet “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)” peaks to No.1 around the world
Written by Simon Climie and Dennis Morgan, “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)” by George Michael and Aretha Franklin, it’s one of the 1980’s most memorable songs and duets. Released on January 1987, the song was a one-off project that helped the then fresh out of Wham! George Michael achieves his ambition to sing with one of his favorite artists.The song was a worldwide hit and reached number-one in both the UK Singles Chart and Billboard Hot 100. The song was Franklin’s first and only UK number-one hit when it peaked to the top of the charts on February 7, 1987, and only her fourth top ten achievements in the country since “I Say a Little Prayer”, nearly two decades earlier. This was also the last of Franklin’s seventeen top 10 hits in the Billboard Hot 100. For Michael, it became his third consecutive number-one in the UK since going solo, following 1984’s “Careless Whisper”, and 1986’s “A Different Corner”. In the US, it was Michael’s fourth number-one hit, counting his Wham! days, but it also was the first song Michael had recorded as a solo artist that he had not written himself.
Look back at the 1987 music video for “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)” by George Michael and Aretha Franklin
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