“I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)” was a song performed by Aretha Franklin and George Michael in a duet in 1987. It was written by Simon Climie and Dennis Morgan.The song was a one-off project that helped Michael achieve his ambition to sing with one of his favourite artists, and it reached number one in both the UK Singles Chart and Billboard‘s Hot 100. The song was, remarkably, Franklin’s first and only UK number-one hit, and only her fourth top ten achievement in the country since “I Say a Little Prayer“, nearly two decades earlier. This was also the last of Franklin’s eighteen Top 10 hits in the Billboard Hot 100.
The single was the first Michael had recorded (as a lead artist) which 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.
The continuous run of UK chart-toppers ended for Michael thereafter, with his next number-one coming in 1991 – again as part of a duet (this time with Elton John) – while his next entirely solo number-one in the UK didn’t appear until 1996.
On the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)” debuted at #59, the week of February 21, 1987, reaching #1 in its ninth week, April 18, 1987, and remaining there for two consecutive weeks.