George was a fan of black music since he was a teenager, and it pleased him no end that his album ‘Faith’ became the number one Black Album in America.
The respect is also coming from peers. The members of the glitzy hard rock band Poison, hardly the kind of guys you’d expect to favor Michael’s slick, danceable pop, are prone to play Faith at post-concert parties. T-Bone Wolk, longtime bassist for Darryl Hall & John Oates, praised Michael for his “amazing blend of urban and British pop sensibilities. He’s going to be around a long time. He’s not just the flavor of the year.”
Wolk’s observation particularly pleases Michael, a fan of Black acts and dance music since he was a teenager. He enjoys pointing out that Black audiences in America took to Wham! long before the mainstream pop market. “To me, that was a very big justification to what I was doing,” he said. “I was much happier with (Faith) being the No. 1 Black album than I was when it became the No. 1 pop album. There was much more of a sense of achievement.”
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