Remember when George Michael and Whitney Houston released a single together?

11 February 2020, 11:43 | Updated: 11 February 2020, 11:46

George and Whitney
George and Whitney. Picture: Arista

By Tom Eames

Two of pop's biggest icons once recorded a track together, but it was originally meant for Michael Jackson.

George Michael and Whitney Houston released the duet 'If I Told You That' in the year 2000, but chances are you don't remember it unless you're a diehard fan of either artist.

The song was originally recorded by Whitney as a solo track for her 1998 album My Love is Your Love, but she later recorded a duet version of her Greatest Hits collection two years later.

Michael Jackson was the first choice to record the duet, but after he wasn't available, George was the next pick.

Whitney Houston, George Michael - If I Told You That (Official Music Video)

Whitney's longtime manager Clive Davis had previously worked with George on his duet with Aretha Franklin, 'I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)', and so he knew he'd be perfect for the song.

It reached number 9 in the UK, but didn't chart in the US. It did, however, reach number one in Iceland and Poland.

Whitney performed the song in concert at times, but the pair never collaborated on a live version. George never performed the song live at any of his concerts, and it did not appear on his compilation album Twenty Five.