Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Germany celebrates 25 years of Wham's 'Last Christmas'

Move over Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby, Germans prefer British pop duo Wham! to serenade them into the Yuletide spirit. This year they celebrate the 25th anniversary of their favourite holiday song, “Last Christmas.”

For Germany’s radio public, Christmas merriness starts not with the Christmas markets or the first advent candle, but with the first airing of Wham’s “Last Christmas.” The duo that includes the ever-flamboyant George Michael and his quiet counterpart, Andrew Ridgeley, released the song in the UK on December 15, 1984.

“The song has become a running gag,” said Peter Radszuhn, boss of the Berlin-Brandenburg broadcasting company Radio Eins, adding that the song remains the best-selling single never to reach number one on the charts.

A worldwide phenomenon, “Last Christmas” is especially popular in Germany.

According to RTL presenter Mikael Hoffmann, requests for the song during the Christmas season are consistently high, while requests for more traditional Christmas anthems from Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby are declining.

To read more: http://www.thelocal.de/society/20091201-23637.html

Here is a YouTube Video with the song:

Happy that you will never give my heart away, but keep it, as we bound together by our true Love. My heart belongs to you forever, my real Love! ILYSM!

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