A record label boss turned down George Michael's first attempt at music – but it was the best thing that ever happened

George Michael narrowly avoided Wham becoming a ska band and his career taking a very different route – all thanks to a record label boss who turned down his demo.

The star, who passed away on Christmas Day aged 53, and his Wham! bandmate Andrew Ridgeley sent some of their ska material to British record label The Beat.

But their music was soon rejected, so the pair decided to perfect the pop sound Wham! would become famous for. Phew. A life without Club Tropicana would have been no life at all.

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