Throwback Thursday: George Michael & Mary J. Blige – “As”
In 1999, George Michael and Mary J. Blige made the bold move of remaking the Stevie Wonder classic, “As.” It doesn’t quite measure up to the classic, but George and Mary did good.
“As” was one of two singles from George Michael’s greatest hits album, Ladies & Gentlemen: The Very Best of George Michael, but was only released outside of the United States because Jay Boberg, then-president of MCA Records (MJB’s label at the time), blocked it — reportedly due to George’s 1998 arrest. It was, however, included on Mary’s fourth album, Mary, and released as a lead single internationally.
Produced by Babyface, the George/Mary version of “As” was a major hit across Europe, peaking at No. 4 in the UK and in the top 10 in many other countries.