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It all started with this: George Michael was on the very first carpool karaoke with James Corden

Mirror logo Mirror 26/12/2016 Andrew Gilpin

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It was all for Comic Relief. James Corden has made his name for himself across the Atlantic with his now patented 'car pool karaoke' where he takes famous stars on a sing-a-long and belt out a few tunes.

But his very first attempt came in 2011 for Comic Relief - and it involved George Michael, who tragically died today of heart failure.

Five years ago in the humorous sketch Corden took a call from comic legend Lenny Henry when he was driving around the streets of London.

At first not recognising the Comic Relief stalwart, Corden realised who he was when Henry said he was from "from the Travelodge adverts".

But Corden said he was spending a day with a mate and couldn't.

And that mate was none other than George Michael, who Cordon - playing the character 'Smithy' from the famous Gavin and Stacey show - just happened to be giving a lift to.

Michael, dressed in the same sports top Smithy was known to wear, gave Cordon a bit of playful abuse before 'Smithy' said to him "I can't come into Comic Relief with you, Comic Relief is for people like you."

Then they turned some music on. It just happened to be "I'm Your Man" by Wham.

So they both start singing.

© Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Corden went first as it came on. But Michael went second. And he went harder when he belted out the chorus of "Baby, I'm your man".

So they both do it together, all the way to the BBC studios as 'Smithy' goes in to help with Comic Relief.

But it didn't stop there for Corden.

In his Late, Late Show gig across the pond - where Corden has become immensely popular - he brought it back the idea, this time driving around the streets of LA.

Now he's duetting while driving with the likes of Madonna, Mariah Carey, Bruno Mars and even the First Lady Michelle Obama.

But George Michael was the very first one.

And the legacy goes on.

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