Andrew Ridgeley, 56, the surviving member of Wham! and one of the people who worked most closely with pop god George Michael (1963-2016), is breaking his silence about his pop star days with a new book.
Via press release:
For the first time, Andrew Ridgeley — one half of one of the most famous bands in the world — tells the inside story of Wham!, his life-long friendship with George Michael and the formation of a band that changed the shape of the music scene in the early eighties.
Dutton will publish Ridgeley’s memoir Wham!, George & Me on October 8, 2019. The book will be published simultaneously in the UK and US in October 2019 in hardback, e-book and audio.
The book is a departure for Ridgeley, who always let George be the frontman and do the talking — and garner all the attention.
Wham!'s demo was recorded in Ridgeley's living room. They went on to sell an incredible 28 million records in just five short years, and were the only Brits with three #1 hits in the U.S. and the U.K. The duo split in '86, and performed together last in 1991.
Post-Wham!, Ridgeley has put out precious little music, tried some acting, tried some racecar driving and has collected a fortune in royalties. He was for decades the partner of Bananarama member Keren Woodward (b. 1961).