I'm Your Man (Wham! song)

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"I'm Your Man"
Single by Wham!
from the album Music from the Edge of Heaven /
The Final
Released 14 September 1985
Format 12", 7"
Recorded 1984–1985
Genre Dance-pop
Length 4:04
Label Epic (UK),
Columbia Records
Writer(s) George Michael
Producer(s) George Michael
Wham! singles chronology
"Last Christmas" / "Everything She Wants"
(1984)
"I'm Your Man"
(1985)
"The Edge of Heaven" / "Where Did Your Heart Go?"
(1986)

"I'm Your Man" is a song by British pop duo Wham!, released in 1985 on Epic Records in the UK and most of the world, and Columbia Records in the US. It was written and produced by George Michael, one half of the duo.

History[edit]

The song was long-awaited, as Wham! had spent much of 1985 touring and then resting. A ground breaking appearance in China had been followed by a stint at Live Aid, but there had been no new Wham! material until November and the release of "I'm Your Man", a straightforward song of seduction through personality.

The video was similar to that of previous hit "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" (which had been a success the previous year), in that it was essentially an "as live" performance of the song in front of a crowd of fans. It was also shot in black and white rather than colour. It was shot inside and outside of London's historic Marquee Club.

"I'm Your Man" became Wham!'s third No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart,[1] but did not feature on a studio album, and was essentially an isolated single which was only followed up by a re-issue of the previous year's Christmas hit, "Last Christmas". Already the signs were there that George, now bearded, was ready to move his career into an adult market. The song also reached No. 3 in the US Billboard Hot 100, prevented from further chart movement by "Burning Heart" by Survivor and "That's What Friends Are For" by Dionne and Friends.[2]

Within six months of "I'm Your Man", Wham! had announced their split. They had a fourth and final number one and released a farewell album, prior to a concert at Wembley Stadium, at which "I'm Your Man" was the last song Michael performed with partner Andrew Ridgeley.

An extended mix of the song was released on Wham!'s 1986 album Music from the Edge of Heaven (the U.S. version of their final album The Final).

In 1996 the song was re-recorded by Michael in a funkier style. It appeared, credited to Michael solo, as a B-side on the "Fastlove" CD single (also being interpolated into an extended mix of "Fastlove") and, credited to Wham!, on The Best of Wham!: If You Were There....

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by George Michael

7": Epic / A 6716 (UK)
No. Title Length
1. "I'm Your Man"   4:05
2. "Do It Right"   4:05
12": Epic / TA 6716 (UK)
No. Title Length
1. "I'm Your Man" (Extended Stimulation) 6:53
2. "Do It Right"   4:05
3. "I'm Your Man" (A Cappella) 4:17
  • Also released as a picture disc (WTA 6716) and cassette (TA40 6716)
  • "Do It Right" is the instrumental version of "I'm Your Man"

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1985/1986) Peak
position
New Zealand Singles Chart 1
Dutch Single Top 100 3
Irish Singles Chart 1
Swedish Singles Chart 15
French Singles Chart 34
Austrian Singles Chart 14
South Africa Singles Chart 13
Swiss Singles Chart 7
Norwegian Singles Chart 4
Australian Singles Chart 3
UK Singles Chart[1] 1
US Billboard Hot 100 3
Preceded by
"A Good Heart" by Feargal Sharkey
UK number one single
30 November 1985 – 7 December 1985
Succeeded by
"Saving All My Love for You" by Whitney Houston

Lisa Moorish version[edit]

"I'm Your Man"
Single by Lisa Moorish
from the album I've Gotta Have It All
Released August 18, 1995
Format CD
Recorded 1994
Genre Dance
Length 3:48
Label Go! Discs
Writer(s) George Michael
Producer(s) Johnny Douglas
Lisa Moorish singles chronology
"Just The Way It Is"
(1995)
"I'm Your Man"
(1995)
"Mr Friday Night"
(1995)

In 1995, Lisa Moorish covered "I'm Your Man" for her album I've Gotta Have It All, the background vocals was sung by George Michael. Just like "Mr Friday Night", the cover was also a moderate success in the UK charts.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1995) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart 24
Dutch Top 40 49

Shane Richie version[edit]

"I'm Your Man"
Single by Shane Richie
Released November 24, 2003
Genre Pop
Length 3:37
Label Sony BMG
Writer(s) George Michael
Producer(s) Absolute

In 2003, Shane Richie also covered the song as a fundraising single for the BBC charity Children in Need. Richie's version of the song reached number 2 in the UK Singles Chart.

Track listing[edit]

CD
  1. "I'm Your Man"
  2. "I'm Your Man" (Party Remix)
DVD
  1. "I'm Your Man" (video)
  2. "I'm Your Man" (making-of video)

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
position
UK 2

Cover versions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 456. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ The Complete Guide to the music of George Michael & Wham!. L Ellis… - 1998 - Music Sales Group