I'm Your Man (Wham! song)

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"I'm Your Man"
I'm Your Man.jpg
Single by Wham!
from the album Music from the Edge of Heaven and The Final
Released 14 September 1985
Format
Recorded 1984–85
Genre Dance-pop
Length
  • 4:04 (single version)
  • 6:05 (album version)
  • 6:53 (Extended Stimulation mix)
Label
Songwriter(s) George Michael
Producer(s) George Michael
Wham! singles chronology
"Last Christmas" / "Everything She Wants"
(1984)
"I'm Your Man"
(1985)
"A Different Corner"
(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.

History[edit]

"I'm Your Man" became Wham!'s third number one on 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 number three on the US Billboard Hot 100, prevented from further chart movement by Rocky IV soundtrack single "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....

In 2012, comedian John Bishop mimed and danced to the song along with a "Mini Me" version of himself at the end of his tour DVD Rollercoaster.

Music video[edit]

The official music video for the song was directed by Andy Morahan.[3] The video is presented in black and white, set in a club called Marquee where Wham! are performing the song. An extended intro and outro has George and Andrew trying without success to sell tickets to passers by. George makes a phone call to his agent Simon Napier-Bell, complaining about having to sing at the Marquee. He is heard to say "Simon, don't cry" and finally hangs up on him with the words "we have a gig to play". During the video, film countdown numbers flash up at times, making the numbers 69 and 66.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written 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"

Charts[edit]

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

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[29] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[30] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Lisa Moorish version[edit]

"I'm Your Man"
Single by Lisa Moorish
from the album I've Gotta Have It All
Released 18 August 1995
Format CD
Recorded 1994
Genre Dance
Length 3:48
Label Go! Discs
Songwriter(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 on the UK charts.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1995) Peak
position
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[31] 49
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[32] 24

Shane Richie version[edit]

"I'm Your Man"
Shane Richie I'm Your Man.JPG
Single by Shane Richie
Released 24 November 2003
Genre Pop
Label Sony BMG
Songwriter(s) George Michael

In 2003, actor and EastEnders star 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 two on 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)

Charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
position
Ireland (IRMA)[33] 10
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[34] 2

Cover versions[edit]

References[edit]

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  30. ^ "British single certifications – Wham! – I'm Your Man". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter I'm Your Man in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search
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  34. ^ "Archive Chart: 2003-12-06" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved March 6, 2016.