Our yearly salute continues with our tribute to one of the brightest stars whose flame was extinguished this year. We lost him of all days on Christmas Day, less than a week ago:
Meanwhile, rumors persisted that Michael was going to quit the group to begin a solo career, and in fact, "Careless Whisper" was essentially his first solo single. Michael made it official with the release of "A Different Corner" in 1986.
Michael went on to amass 19 hits. The world will miss his great music as yet another huge star leaves the earth in 2016.