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George Michael was an icon and a pioneer in many ways, but did you know we might not have Carpool Karaoke without him?

In 2011, James Corden's first-ever Carpool Karaoke (which starred, of course, George Michael) aired on the BBC as part of a show to benefit the British charity Comic Relief, long before he was the host of The Late Late Show.

James Corden talked about making the first segment in an interview with Howard Stern back in June.

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"We sat in the car and we were singing Wham! songs, and we couldn't really put our finger on: 'Why is this so joyful?' " he told Stern. "There's just a joy in it and we couldn't really work out why."

Corden also revealed that George Michael's segment helped convince Mariah Carey to be his first guest when Carpool Karaoke made its debut on The Late Late Show.

Corden posted a tribute to Michael on Twitter following the singer's death.

Sources: CNN