“Careless Whisper,” George Michael
The indelible sax line in “Careless Whisper” is the perfect example of shmaltz as a weapon. The riff served as the perfect foil for George Michael’s vocal melodrama. There is a reason why the Sexy Sax Man’s “Careless Whisper Saxophone Prank” has six million YouTube views. Google it. —Jeff Royer
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