Michael cited Cassidy as a major career influence and interviewed Cassidy for David Litchfield's Ritz Newspaper.With the success of Michael's solo singles, "Careless Whisper" (1984) and "A Different Corner" (1986), rumours of an impending break up of Wham! The duo officially separated in 1986, after releasing a farewell single, "The Edge of Heaven" and a singles compilation, The Final, plus a sell-out concert at Wembley Stadium that included the world premiere of the China film. partnership ended officially with the commercially successful single "The Edge of Heaven", which reached No. The beginning of his solo career, during early 1987, was a duet with Aretha Franklin.
Michael and Aretha Franklin won a Grammy Award in 1988 for Best R&B Performance – Duo or Group with Vocal for the song.
In late 1987, Michael released his debut solo album, Faith.
"I Knew You Were Waiting" was a one-off project that helped Michael achieve an ambition by singing with one of his favourite artists.
It scored number one on both the UK Singles Chart and the US Billboard Hot 100 upon its release.
The single was also the first Michael had recorded as a solo artist which he had not written himself.
The co-writer, Simon Climie, was unknown at the time, he later had success as a performer with the band Climie Fisher in 1988.Michael, who came out as gay in 1998, was an active LGBT rights campaigner and HIV/AIDS charity fundraiser.In 2004, the Radio Academy named Michael the most played artist on British radio during the period 1984–2004.For Michael, it became his third consecutive solo number one in the UK from three releases, after 1984's "Careless Whisper" (though the single was actually from the Wham!album Make It Big) and 1986's "A Different Corner".Michael offers the healing passage of time as the only balm for physical and emotional hunger, poverty, hypocrisy and hatred." The album produced 5 UK singles, which were released quickly, within an at eight-month period: "Praying for Time", "Waiting for That Day", "Freedom!