By: Renee Grant
We have more than one person to thank for this year’s release of George Michael‘s Fantasy. While Nile Rodgers is the one George tapped to rework the single, Rodgers credits songwriter David Austin for helping him make the decision to bring the song to light.
“I’m actually incredibly grateful that George asked me to work on the project, but I’m equally grateful to David Austin because I was in a funk for months and he basically badgered me and badgered me because I wouldn’t let the record company or anybody else hear it,” Nile says.
“And finally he said to me, ‘Nile, Yog (George’s nickname) would have loved this, that’s why he called you in the first place’. So at the point I said, you know, I hear you and I gave them the record and now it’s gone to number one and I’m just overjoyed.”
The song was originally meant for Michael’s 1990 album Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1, but somehow didn’t make the release. Sony re-released the album on October 20th (2017), which easily topped the UK album charts, taking P!nk from the top spot.