''I wanted the record to basically for the money to go to an anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. Originally it was going to be a Michael Jackson thing. And then a Stevie Wonder thing. I had a very odd meeting with Michael Jackson: in that time Michael Jackson never once looked at me. He was talking to me, but he was addressing my manager and his manager. Anyway that didn't happen because Michael didn't want anything political going on. Stevie Wonder, I tried with and they would say, ''come down at two o'clock in the morning'' and I'd be ready and then they'd call just before 2:00 and say ''sorry, he's gone home''. I would try and do it the next night and the same thing would happen. I tried but eventually I said ''Sorry, I can't keep doing this. I know Stevie Wonder is my biggest hero, but I can't keep doing this!''. I can't remember how exactly the Aretha thing went, but that project eneded up being ''the track with Aretha''. Which is amazing, it's absolutely fantastic.'' - George Michael
''The first time I heard George was with Wham! and I liked it then. He had a very unique sound, very different from anything that was out there. When Clive Davis suggested we get together for “I Knew You Were Waiting,” I was all ready. George Michael is very professional, very techinical to what he does. When we made the music video, we had a super time. He was calling most of the shots: how he wanted this, how he wanted that. My older sister, Erma, just fell for him right away. He was very friendly and personable, easy to talk to.'' - Aretha Franklin
''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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