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Wham! The Music That Made Us

Andrew Ridgeley looks back on the music that influenced him and Wham! bandmate George Michael, as they journeyed from schoolboys to pop wannabes and on to worldwide superstardom.

Andrew Ridgeley returns to Radio 2 to reveal the musical influences of a young Georgios Panayiotou (before he was George Michael) and himself, as they journeyed from Watford schoolboys to pop wannabes and on to worldwide superstardom.

Featuring an eclectic range of music from the likes of Elvis Presley, Joy Division, Elton John, The Specials and Sugarhill Gang, Andrew will talk for the first time about the music that bonded George and him.

He'll also spin the songs that influenced the sound of The Executive - Andrew and George's first band together - and then Wham, revealing the musical journey that eventually led the pair to create some of pop's most iconic songs.

1 hour, 57 minutes

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New Year's Day 2020 12:00

Music Played

  • Elvis Presley

    Hound Dog

    • Presley - The All Time Greatest Hits.
    • RCA.
  • The Beatles

    Ticket to ride

    • The Beatles - 1.
    • Apple.
    • 009.
  • The Rolling Stones

    (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction

    • The Rolling Stones - Remastered.
    • Abkco.
  • Elton John

    Bennie and the Jets

    • Diamonds.
    • Virgin EMI Records.
  • Eagles

    Peaceful Easy Feeling

    • The Best Of Eagles.
    • Asylum.
  • David Bowie

    Rebel Rebel

  • Queen

    Killer Queen

    • Queen - Greatest Hits.
    • Parlophone.
    • 2.
  • Electric Light Orchestra

    Mr. Blue Sky

    • The Very Best Of.
    • Frontiers Records.
    • T1.
  • Genesis

    Follow You Follow Me

    • And Then There Were Three.
    • Charisma.
  • The Jam

    Down In The Tube Station At Midnight

    • Into The Eighties - Various Artists.
    • Global Television.
  • Stevie Wonder

    I Wish

    • Songs In The Key Of Life (Vol.1).
    • Motown.
  • The Trammps

    Disco Inferno

    • More Monty (Various Artists).
    • Rca Victor.
  • Michael Jackson

    Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough

    • Michael Jackson - History.
    • Epic.
  • The Doobie Brothers

    What A Fool Believes

    • The All Time Greatest Movie Songs.
    • Columbia/Sony Tv.
  • Elvis Costello & The Attractions

    Pump It Up

    • Elvis Costello & Attractions- The Man.
    • Imp Records.
  • Fleetwood Mac

    Tusk

    • 50 Years - Don't Stop.
    • Warner Bros.
    • 012.
  • The B‐52s

    Rock Lobster

    • The Best Of The B52's.
    • Island.
  • The Police

    Roxanne

    • The Very Best Of Sting & The Police.
    • A&M.
  • Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

    Enola Gay

    • Into The Eighties - Various Artists.
    • Global Television.
    • 3.
  • UB40

    Food For Thought

    • The Very Best Of UB40 1980-2000.
    • Virgin.
  • The Beat

    Mirror In The Bathroom

    • The Beat - Beat This!.
    • Sire.
  • The Cure

    A Forest

    • The Cure - Staring At The Sea.
    • Fiction.
  • The Sugarhill Gang

    Rapper's Delight

    • The Seventies: A Very Special Collect.
    • Pickwick.
  • Joy Division

    Disorder

    • London.
  • Blondie

    Heart Of Glass

    • Billboard Top Hits: 1979 (Various).
    • Rhino.
    • 13.
  • Donna Summer

    I Feel Love

    • Donna Summer - On The Radio.
    • Casablanca.
    • 7.
  • Wham!

    The Edge Of Heaven

    • Wham - The Best Of Wham!.
    • Epic.

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