George Michael (born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, 25.6.1963) George Michael is an English pop singer / songwriter who first rose to fame in the 1980s as one half of the pop duo Wham!
Childhood: George Michael's father, Kyriacos Panayiotou (a Greek Cypriot) moved to England in the 1950s and changed his name to Jack Panos. His mother was Lesley Angold Harrison. George was born and raised in North London.
Career: Wham! formed in 1981 and propelled George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley to chart success. The duo's debut album, Fantastic went to number one in the UK. Singles such as 'Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do?)', 'Bad Boys' and 'Club Tropicana' all became massive hits
The band's second album, Make It Big did just that and sold 6 million copies in the US. George sang on Band Aid's 'Do They Know It's Christmas' and the band donated the proceeds from sales of 'Last Christmas / Everything She Wants' to the charity. In 1985, George Michael also sang on Elton John's singles 'Nikita' and 'Wrap Her Up'.
Wham! split in 1986 after releasing a farewell single for their fans, entitled 'Edge of Heaven'.
Solo Career: In 1984, 'Careless Whisper' (taken from a Wham! Album) was released as a solo single for George. This was followed in 1986 with 'A Different Corner', which won George Michael a Grammy Award. In 1987, George recorded a duet with Aretha Franklin. 'I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)' reached number one in the UK and US singles charts.
Faith was George Michael's first solo album release, which hit the stores in 1987. 'I Want Your Sex' was the debut single from the album and was banned from a number of stores for its highly sexualized lyrics. The track was featured on the soundtrack to Beverley Hills Cop II. Regardless of censorship efforts, the track charted at number two in the US and three in the UK. The title track from the album was released as the second single and was a huge success, reaching number one in the US and two in the UK. Faith has been awarded a Diamond certification and has sold over 20 million across the globe.
Listen Without Prejudice Vol.1 was released in 1990. George Michael refused to take part in any promotional activities for the album and as a result, no videos were made for the singles from this album. Despite this, 'Praying For Time' still reached number six in the UK and was a number one hit in the United States. The album was denied a number one position in the States but in the UK, he reached the lucrative top spot. In 1992, the album was certified four times platinum and has sold over eight million copies worldwide. The single 'Freedom 90' was supported by a music video but George refused to appear in it. Instead, he drafted in a group of supermodels, including Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford and Linda Evangelista to appear in the video and mime the words to the song.
At the end of 1991, George Michael's duet with Elton John on Elton's 'Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me' was released and became a huge success and was the only modern number one single to have been recorded at an outdoor venue (Wembley Arena).
George Michael's intended third album, Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 2 became the victim of a feud between Michael and his record label, Sony. Michael scrapped the album and the single 'Too Funky' was the final release for Sony before George became embroiled in lengthy proceedings to release himself from his contract.
After a brief break from music, George released the single 'Jesus to a Child' in 1994, the song was a tribute to his lover, Anselmo Feleppa, who had died the previous year. The single went straight to number one in the UK and seven in the US. Its follow-up, 'Fastlove' was also a UK number one. The accompanying album, Older, was Michael's first in six years.
George Michael's greatest hits package, Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael was released in 1998. Songs from the Last Century was released in 1999 and featured a number of re-workings of songs by the likes of Frank Sinatra and Sting.
Patience, released in 2004 was George Michael's first album of original material in eight years. The lead single 'Shoot The Dog' sparked some controversy for its open criticism of the British and US involvement in the war in Iraq.
George's second greatest hits release, Twentyfive, was released in 2006 and was a number one hit in the UK. The 2-CD set contained some songs from the Wham! era as well as three new songs, including a duet with Mutya Buena of Sugababes and a version of 'Heal the Pain', recorded with Sir Paul McCartney. George undertook a 50-date arena tour to promote the album.
Personal Life: In the past, there has been a great deal of speculation surrounding George Michael's sexuality. During his time in Wham! there were a number of tabloid articles which speculated on his relationships with actresses such as Whoopi Goldberg and Brooke Shields. His homosexuality was later made public and George has stated that he hid his sexuality because he was worried about the impact it may have on his mother.
In 1998, George Michael was arrested in Los Angeles, for 'engaging in a lewd act' in a public toilet. He was fined $810 for the incident and was forced to undertake 80 hours of community service. The video for his song 'Outside' was a humourous take on the incident and featured men dressed as policemen kissing in a public toilet. The arresting officer, Rodriguez, took George Michael to court, claiming that the video mocked him and that he had been slandered by Michael in interviews. The case was dismissed by the courts.
In 2006, George Michael was arrested for possession of cannabis. He was then involved in a number of incidents in which he was discovered asleep at the wheel of his car. He has been banned from driving and given a community service order.
George Michael has been recovering following a recent stint in hospital, but it's not the first trouble that the singer has come up against over the years.
George Michael may be worth an estimated £90 million, but money can’t solve all your problems. The singer was in hospital last month after allegedly collapsing at his north London home on Thursday May 22. After spending four hours in his home, paramedics took Michael to the hospital for emergency treatment. He was discharged that weekend and said to be “well and resting.”
George Michael has suffered a string of personal problems
Despite achieving critical acclaim throughout his career and earning £48.5 million from touring alone between 2006-2008, the singer has suffered his fair share of difficulties. Wham! may have been one of the biggest bands of the 1980s, but Michael suffered a string of sadnesses in his personal life. After finally coming to terms personally with his sexuality in the 90s, he began a relationship with Brazilian designer, Anselmo Feleppa. The couple were together for six months before Feleppa discovered that he was HIV positive. Michael later spoke about the shocking situation, “It was terrifying news. I thought I could have the disease too. I couldn’t go through it with my family because I didn’t know how to share it with them - they didn’t even know I was gay.” 2 years later Feleppa died of a brain haemorrhage related to AIDS.
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George Michael to unveil his first full album in ten years entitled 'Symphonica' on March 17th.
George Michael has had a tough time of it over the past few years, but he's ready to show his fans he's come out stronger with his first solo album in a decade, 'Symphonica'.
George Michael performed his 'Symphonica' tour in 2011
The 'Careless Whisper' singer hasn't exactly been out of action for ten years; since the release of 2004's number one album 'Patience', he's released a greatest hits compilation, a handful of singles and he's performed and toured plenty. However, 'Symphonica' marks an official return to the recording studio and follows his 2011 world tour of the same name which saw him play some old hits and several covers.
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Police investigation into George Michael's M1 crash wraps up: he'll face no charges.
The police investigation into the events that lead to George Michael's near-fatal accident on the M1 motorway has concluded: "no further action will be taken" after witnesses' statements were taken.
The 49 year-old singer, who wasn't driving the car, fell out of the passenger door of a silver Range Rover driving at 70mph on the M1 motorway during rush hour traffic on May 16th this year. The alarming accident was reportedly due to the star, now a successful solo artist, "just trying to shut the door" instead of jumping, as originally rumoured.
Michael, born Georgios Kyriacos Panagiòtou, wasn't wearing a seatbelt - which is against the law and can incur a fine of up to £500 - yet the former Wham! hitmaker will not face any fines or be charged, according to The Mirror. After statements from the driver and another passenger in the car, Hertfordshire Police decided that it was against "public interest" to prosecute Michael.
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Singer George Michael finally returns home after motorway incident landed him with a head injury.
George Michael has now finally been discharged from hospital following his harrowing car accident on the M1 motorway in Hertfordshire, England.
The 'Faith' singer suffered a nasty head injury and a bad case of shock after falling from the passenger side of a Range Rover which left him lying in the road before a fellow driver rushed to his aid. He was later airlifted to hospital. A statement on his website read, 'We can confirm that George Michael has been discharged from hospital and continues to rest and recuperate. He is well and thanks everyone for all the messages of support.'
Katherine Fox, a passer-by who approached the injured singer, told the BBC she 'saw a body lying in the road' and instinctively went into 'caring mode'. However, she initially did not know it was the former Wham! frontman she was reassuring until she discovered an article online. 'He had a deep cut above his left eyebrow which was really bleeding down his face into his teeth', she explained. 'Even if I had known who it was, I probably wouldn't have recognised him.' Despite Michael's website describing his injured as 'superficial', he was forced to remain in hospital for eleven days.
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The singer's latest incident has brought his personal wellbeing into question.
George Michael diced with death earlier this week when the former Wham! star fell out of the passenger seat of a moving vehicle whilst on the M1 motorway way in St Albans, near London. The singer was airlifted to hospital where he was deemed to have only suffered minor injuries during the incident a week ago today (May 16), but was kept overnight and is believed to have remained their for some time after.
It hasn't been made clear whether he has left hospital yet. Fellow drivers on the road at the time have since discussed the shocking moment, mentioning how close the singer ,real name Georgios Panayiotou, came to being struck by anotehr car. The whole incident has thrown George's personal wellbeing into check, with many wondering what could have happened in the seconds before he fell/ejected himself from the car. Yesterday, his publicist revealed gave an update on his condition, saying, “He is making good progress and is looking forward to getting out.”
The singer may still be in hospital
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The gay-icon could easily have died
You can pretty much guarantee that no one sitting on the M1, on Thursday afternoon (May 16) would have attributed the traffic jam to George Michael falling out of his car at 70mph. But, that’s exactly what happened, and the WHAM star has been kept in hospital.
He was found on the road by paramedics at the scene of the accident after tumbling from his range rover ON THE MOTORWAY. His spokeswoman said: "Following the traffic accident on Thursday, we can confirm that he is still in hospital. We are keen to stress it's purely as a precaution for observation.” Despite the seriousness of the accident, Michael is said to only have suffered minor injuries, which is somewhat of a miracle. "He did suffer a couple of bumps and bruises to the head and that's why they are keeping him in - to keep an eye on him. He is doing better. He is making good progress and is looking forward to getting out." What the spokesperson should address is exactly how exactly George Michael is alive and not the opposite: dead.
Don’t get us wrong, we love a bit of George – his performance in Extras was funny – but if you fall out of a car on the motorway, at 70 miles-per-hour, you should be dead. Not morally, geometrically. Anyway, we’re glad he survived this ordeal, and we wish him the best in his recovery. Piece of advice: stay in the car until it’s completely stopped.
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George Michael appears to have a real problem with cars. Specifically driving them into shops and falling out of them.
We literally have no idea how George Michael isn't dead. The superstar singer fell from his car on the M1 motorway whilst travelling at 70mph. Remember when your Dad would do that cool thing when his door wasn't properly shut? He'd open it whilst the car was moving at a high speed and slam it shut. Only your Dad was wearing his seatbelt. And your Dad wasn't speeding along down the M1. And your Dad didn't fall out onto the motorway.
Reports suggest George tried the old slam-the-door-shut trick while travelling as a passenger but ended up in the middle of the carriageway. Stunned driver Katherine Fox, 23, skidded to a halt as the singer hit the ground dressed in an Adidas tracksuit and sunglasses. "There was a nasty cut on his forehead and the back of his head. There was blood all down his face and on his teeth.He was breathing and conscious but in shock," she told The Sun. Katherine was driving behind a silver Range Rover when George suddenly tumbled from a passenger door onto the third lane of the carriageway. "I saw blood everywhere and a man on the ground," she added, "I thought someone had run across the road and been hit.I asked what had gone on and was told he tried to open the car door and shut it again because it wasn't shut properly and apparently fell out at 70mph."
The singer - who was close to death after contracting pneumonia last year - was in the car with two friends. He was airlifted to hospital on Thursday from the scene at the M1's junction 6A with the M25. Hours later, his boyfriend Fadi Fawaz told press outside the couple's North London home, "I've spoken to him and he's good." He was treated for cuts and bruises.
The former WHAM star is lucky to be alive
When George Michael’s car accident was reported, and subsequently passed off as "superficial cuts and bruises" by his publicist Connie Filipello, no one quite knew the seriousness of the incident, until now.
Katherine Fox, 23, an eyewitness, says that Michael fell from his Range Rover on the M1. “He was lucky he didn’t die,” she explained. "There was a nasty cut on his forehead and the back of his head. There was blood all down his face and on his teeth,” added Fox. "He was breathing and conscious but in shock." Katherine was driving along the busy motorway when all of a sudden; George Michael fell from his car and onto the road. “I thought someone had run across the road and been hit. I asked what had gone on and was told he tried to open the car door and shut it again because it wasn’t shut properly and apparently fell out at 70mph. George was airlifted to hospital on Thursday from the scene. Hours later his boyfriend Fadi Fawaz, speaking at their North London home, said: “I’ve spoken to him and he’s good."
George Michael rocks his classic look: glasses and tracksuit, leaving Cote Brasserie in North London
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The singer apparently came closer to death than was initially implied.
Remember last weeks story that George Michael had gotten involved in a car accident on the M1 but managed to survive without any major injuries? Well it turns out Michael wasn't just in a near miss, but he practically stared death in the face as he fell from the car at speeds of around 70 mph, straight into the path of a swarm of oncoming vehicles.
Apparently, the 49-year-old singer was sitting in the passenger side of the car and was attempting to close his door properly, only to end up tumbling out of the Range Rover and into the fast lane of the M1 near St Albans, Hertfordshire. According to The Sun, a female driver was in the adjoining lane when the singer fell out and very nearly ran over him, telling the paper on Monday (May 20) how he was “lucky he didn’t die” as a number if vehicles swerved around and narrowly missed him.
The woman in question, 23-year-old Mini driver Katherine Fox, told the paper of how she was forced to perform an emergency stop and then swerve into the road so that her car could shield the singer as he lay in the middle of the road in a blood-soaked daze. She went on to say: “There was a nasty cut on his forehead and the back of his head. There was blood all down his face and on his teeth. He was breathing and conscious but in shock.
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Air lifting the singer to hospital had his fans worried
George Michael has been released from hospital following a car crash. His long-term boyfriend, Fadi Fawaz, allayed fears that for former Wham! Star was seriously injured, confirming that he’s “good”.
“Of course I was worried, but I spoke to him and he is good,” said the 39-year-old. “He suffered a few bruises but there is nothing to worry about.” At the time of the crash, ambulance spokesman Gary Sanderson said: “A man who we believe to be in his 40s sustained a head injury and following treatment, stabilisation and immobilisation by land and air ambulance crews, he was flown to hospital for further care.” Michael flying to hospital sparked rumours that he was in a bad way, so the news that he has been released from hospital will be a relief to his fans. “I have no idea what happened,” added Fawaz. A spokesman for the police force said: “The exact circumstances of what happened are unclear at this time and until further investigations have been carried out, it would be inappropriate for us to comment.”
A spokeswoman for the singer, who has recently been suffering from various illnesses, which forced him out of some live dates, had said: “George Michael was a passenger in a vehicle involved in a traffic accident, no third party was involved. He is being treated for superficial cuts and bruises but is fine. We have no further comment at this time."
Date of birth
25th June, 1963