I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)

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"I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)"
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Single by Aretha Franklin and George Michael
from the album Aretha
ReleasedJanuary 1987
Format
Recorded1986
Genre
Length3:52
LabelArista
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Narada Michael Walden
Aretha Franklin singles chronology
"Jimmy Lee"
(1987)
"I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)"
(1987)
"Rock-a-Lott"
(1987)
George Michael singles chronology
"A Different Corner"
(1986)
"I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)"
(1987)
"I Want Your Sex"
(1987)

"I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" is a Grammy Award-winning number-one song recorded by American singer Aretha Franklin and English singer George Michael as a duet in 1987. It was written by Simon Climie and Dennis Morgan, and produced by Narada Michael Walden. Billboard listed "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" as Aretha Franklin's all-time biggest Hot 100 single.[1] It also stands as Franklin's biggest hit on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, spending several weeks at number two (thwarted from the number-one position by Starship and Steve Winwood).

Music video[edit]

The official music video for the song was directed by Andy Morahan.[2] It begins with George Michael and two bodyguards entering a dark room. There is a large viewing screen on the wall showing Aretha Franklin preparing for George Michael. Over the course of the video, each of the singers are shown performing the song both in front of the screen and on it. During the second verse, footage from both Franklin's and Michael's earlier careers is shown on the screen. As the second chorus ends, Michael joins Franklin on the stage, and footage of earlier famous duet pairs – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, Sonny and Cher, and others – are shown on the viewing screen while Michael and Franklin sing the song's bridge. At the end of the video, Franklin winks at the camera.[3]

Chart performance[edit]

The song was a one-off project that helped Michael achieve his ambition to sing with one of his favorite artists, and it reached number-one on both the UK Singles Chart and Billboard Hot 100. The song was Franklin's first and only UK number-one hit, and only her fourth top 10 achievement in the country since "I Say a Little Prayer", nearly two decades earlier. This was also the last of Franklin's 17 top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100.

For Michael, it became his third consecutive number-one in the UK since going solo, following 1984's "Careless Whisper" (though the single was actually from the Wham! album Make It Big) and 1986's "A Different Corner". In the US, it was Michael's fourth number-one hit, counting his Wham! days.

Producer Narada Michael Walden had the unique distinction of knocking himself out of the US number-one spot, having knocked "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" out of the top.

The single was the first Michael had recorded as a solo artist that he had not written himself. The co-writer, Simon Climie, was unknown at the time, although he later had success as a performer with Climie Fisher in 1988. On the US Billboard Hot 100, "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" debuted at number 59, the week of February 21, 1987, reaching number one in its ninth week, April 18, 1987, and remaining there for two consecutive weeks.

Personnel[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Track listing[edit]

7"

  1. "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" – 3:52
  2. "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" (Instrumental) – 4:00

US 12" maxi-single

  1. "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" (Edited remix) – 5:29
  2. "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" (Percappela) – 5:14
  3. "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" (Album version) – 4:01
  4. "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" (Extended remix) – 7:30

Cover versions[edit]

References[edit]

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  27. ^ "British single certifications – Aretha Franklin and George Michael – I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)". British Phonographic Industry. Select singles in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  28. ^ Video on YouTube

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