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George Michael - 100% match to Wham!

Genres: Documentaries Electronic & Ambient Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Pop / Rock Spoken Word Vocals
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Georgios (Yorgos) Kyriacos Panayiotou, 25 June 1963, East Finchley, London, England. Michael first served his pop apprenticeship in the million-selling duo Wham!, the most commercially successful, teen-orientated band of the 80s. His solo career was foreshadowed in 1984’s UK chart-topper ‘Careless Whisper’, a song about a promiscuous two-timer with the oddly a Read more

Bananarama - 30% match to Wham!

Genres: Dance Electronic & Ambient Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in London, England in 1980, this all-female pop trio originally comprised Keren Woodward (2 April 1961, Bristol, England), Sarah Dallin (b. 17 December 1961, Bristol, England) and Siobhan Fahey (b. Siobhan Marie Fahey, 10 September 1958, Dublin, Eire). After singing impromptu at various parties and pubs in London, the trio was recorded by former Sex Pistols drummer Pa Read more

Culture Club - 30% match to Wham!

Genres: Electronic & Ambient Pop / Rock Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Harbingers of the so-called ‘new pop’ that swept through the UK charts in the early 80s, Culture Club was formed by Boy George (George O’Dowd, 14 June 1961, Eltham, Kent, England; vocals), Roy Hay (b. 12 August 1961, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England; guitar/keyboards), Mikey Craig (b. 15 February 1960, Hammersmith, London, England; bass) and Jon Moss (b. 11 Sep Read more

Spandau Ballet - 27% match to Wham!

Genres: Electronic & Ambient Pop / Rock Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Evolving from a school group, the Makers, these leading UK New Romantics formed in 1979 with a line-up comprising Gary Kemp (16 October 1959, Islington, London, England; guitar), his brother Martin Kemp (b. 10 October 1961, Islington, London, England; bass), Tony Hadley (b. Anthony Patrick Hadley, 2 June 1960, Islington, London, England), John Keeble (b. 6 July 1959, Islingt Read more

Paul Young - 26% match to Wham!

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Paul Anthony Young, 17 January 1956, Luton, Bedfordshire, England. Prior to his major success as a solo artist, Young was a former member of Streetband, who made the UK charts in 1978 with the novelty record ‘Toast’. He was then part of the much-loved Q-Tips, a band that did much to preserve an interest in 60s soul and R&B. As the Q-Tips collapsed from exhausti Read more

Dead Or Alive - 24% match to Wham!

Genres: Dance Electronic & Ambient Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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One of this UK band’s principal assets is the androgynous persona of Pete Burns (5 August 1959, Port Sunlight, England; vocals) who had fronted Liverpool’s Mystery Girls in 1977, then Nightmares In Wax, in which he was accompanied by Mick Reid (guitar), Martin Healey (keyboards), Walter Ogden (bass), and ex-Mystery Girl Phil Hurst (drums). This line-up recorded an Read more

Aretha Franklin - 23% match to Wham!

Genres: Christian & Gospel Electronic & Ambient Funk Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock Pop / Rock R&B / Soul R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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25 March 1942, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. Aretha Franklin’s music is steeped in the traditions of the church. Her father, Rev. C.L. Franklin, was a Baptist preacher who, once he had moved his family to Detroit, became famous throughout black America for his fiery sermons and magnetic public appearances. He knew the major gospel stars Mahalia Jackson and Clara Ward, who in Read more

Frankie Goes To Hollywood - 23% match to Wham!

Genres: Dance Electronic & Ambient Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in the summer of 1980, this Liverpool, England-based outfit comprised former Big In Japan vocalist Holly Johnson (William Johnson, 19 February 1960, Khartoum, Sudan) backed by Paul Rutherford (b. 8 December 1959, Liverpool, England; vocals), Nasher Nash (b. Brian Nash, 20 May 1963; guitar), Mark O’Toole (b. 6 January 1964, Liverpool, England; bass) and Peter  Read more

Kim Wilde - 23% match to Wham!

Genres: Dance Electronic & Ambient Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Kim Smith, 18 November 1960, Chiswick, London, England. The daughter of 50s pop idol Marty Wilde and Vernons Girls’ vocalist Joyce Smith (née Baker), Kim was signed to Mickie Most’s RAK Records in 1980 after the producer heard a demo Kim recorded with her brother Ricky. Her first single, the exuberant ‘Kids In America’, composed by Ricky and co-pro Read more

Rick Astley - 22% match to Wham!

Genres: Dance Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Richard Paul Astley, 6 February 1966, Newton-le-Willows, Lancashire, England. Astley was the drummer in a local band called Give Way, before joining soul outfit FBI in 1984 as lead vocalist. He was discovered by the successful producer/writer Pete Waterman in 1985 and worked at Waterman’s PWL studios while waiting for a recording break. In 1987 he recorded a duet, ‘ Read more

Billy Ocean - 21% match to Wham!

Genres: Funk Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Leslie Sebastian Charles, 21 January 1950, Trinidad, West Indies. Raised in England, Ocean worked as a session singer simultaneously with his employment at the Dagenham Ford Motor Company plant, before being signed by the GTO label as a solo artist. His early UK hits included the number 2 singles ‘Love Really Hurts Without You’ (1976) and ‘Red Light Spells Dan Read more

Duran Duran - 21% match to Wham!

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Borrowing their name from a character in the cult 60s science fiction movie Barbarella, this UK pop band achieved global fame in the early 80s thanks to a series of catchy synthpop tunes, a strong visual image, and expensively produced promotional videos which enjoyed endless rotation on the nascent MTV music channel.The band’s classic line-up featu Read more

Pet Shop Boys - 21% match to Wham!

Genres: Dance Electronic & Ambient Pop / Rock Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed by Neil Tennant (10 July 1954, North Shields, Northumberland, England; vocals) and Chris Lowe (b. Christopher Sean Lowe, 4 October 1959, Blackpool, Lancashire, England; keyboards) in 1981, this highly inventive UK duo owes their long-term career to the ability to bridge melodic pop and dance music with intelligence and style.Lowe studied as an Read more

Thompson Twins - 21% match to Wham!

Genres: Electronic & Ambient Pop / Rock Pop / Rock
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Alison Moyet - 20% match to Wham!

Genres: Dance Electronic & Ambient Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s
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Genevieve Alison-Jane Moyet, 18 June 1961, Billericay, Essex, England. The former singer of the synthesizer duo Yazoo (known as Yaz in the USA), Moyet embarked on a solo career in 1983, after critics had consistently praised her outstanding natural blues voice. Her debut Alf was a superb recording produced and co-written by Tony Swain and Steve Jolley. ‘Love Resurrectio Read more


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