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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.

In 2008, George Michael made his acting debut in the comedy-drama 'Eli Stone' with Jonny Lee Miller. He also released a new song called 'December Song', and in 2011 unveiled a cover of New Order's 'True Faith' for Comic Relief. That year he was on the first ever James Corden 'Carpool Karaoke' sketch before the host took it to 'The Late Late Show'.

He released his final album 'Symphonica' in 2014, and announced in 2016 a new documentary on his life entitled 'Freedom'.

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.

In 2008, he was once again arrested for possession of drugs, but the following year insisted he had cut down on his cannabis use. In 2010, he was arrested after crashing his car while under the influence and served four weeks of an eight week prison sentence.

In 2011, he went to hospital with a viral infection and chest pains, and it later emerged that he had suffered a bout of pneumonia. He revealed that he had undergone a tracheotomy while in a coma, and claimed that he awoke with a brief spell of foreign accent syndrome. In 2013, he fell out of his car while driving on a motorway and was taken to hospital.

George Michael died on Christmas day in 2016 and was discovered by his partner of four years Fadi Fawaz. The cause of death was attributed to heart failure.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

Geri Horner Names Son In Tribute To Friend George Michael


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Geri Horner has named her newborn son in tribute to her late friend George Michael.

On Saturday Geri shared a black and white photo of her baby son’s foot on Instagram and wrote: “Montague George Hector Horner arrived this morning, a beautiful little brother for Bluebell and Olivia #amazing-day #grateful #monty.”

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In Tribute: Our Favourite George Michael Songs


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We may have lost George Michael far too soon, but his music will no doubt live on for many, many more years to come. Whether they are his solo numbers, his work as part of pop duo Wham! or his duets with the likes of Elton John, these songs will also remain iconic moments in music history.

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1. Careless Whisper

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George Michael Reportedly Checked Into 'Electric Shock' Rehab Centre In 2015


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The late George Michael reportedly went in secret to a £70,000 per week rehab clinic based around ‘electric shock’ treatment in Switzerland nearly two years ago, in what is said to have been a last-ditch attempt to win his battle with addiction.

An article by The Mirror on Thursday (January 5th) suggested that the singer, who died on December 25th, had undergone treatment back in 2015 at the Kusnacht Practice near Lake Zurich in Switzerland, which treats its patients with electric shock therapy and is said to be the most expensive rehab centre in the world.

At the time he checked in, Michael’s representatives apparently explained away his absence by saying the singer was on an “extensive break”.

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James Corden Pays Tribute To George Michael And Recalls First Ever Carpool Karaoke


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James Corden has paid tribute to singer George Michael on the first edition of the ‘Late Late Show’ for 2017.

Michael, who passed away on Christmas Day, took part in a Comic Relief sketch with the comedian in 2011, which would go on to inspire Corden’s hugely successful Carpool Karaoke segment.

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George Michael's Boyfriend Blames 'Suicide' Tweets On Hacker


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The late George Michael’s boyfriend Fadi Fawaz has reacted with horror to a series of tweets posted to his Twitter account that claimed the singer had committed suicide, denying that he had written them and blaming them on a hacker.

Fawaz’s account has been closed down since the messages were posted on New Year’s Day, just a week after Michael’s death. The five messages appeared in the morning, alleging that the 53 year old singer had died by his own hand when he was discovered on December 25th, and had attempted to kill himself more than once in the past.

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Post Mortem Into George Michael's Death 'Inconclusive'


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A Post Mortem examination examination into the death of George Michael has come back inconclusive, Thames Valley Police have confirmed.

Further test by police will now be carried out “in due course”, but the results are unlikely to be known for several weeks. Michael’s death is still being treated as unexplained but not suspicious.

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George Michael Reportedly Left Three Unreleased Albums In His Vaults


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The tragic death of popstar George Michael has left a gaping hole in the music industry and the lives of his many fans. However, it seems new music hasn’t died with him and the former Wham! band member has reportedly left three albums of unreleased music in his vaults.

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It is widely known that George never completed a sequel to his 1990 album Listen Without Prejudice Vol 1 and he also worked on album Trojan Souls in the early 90s which was due to feature vocals from Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Sade, Seal, Bryan Ferry and Janet Jackson.

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A Memorial Concert Is Set To Take Place As A Tribute To The Late George Michael


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Dame Esther Rantzen has revealed plans to hold a concert in memory of the late George Michael.

The late musician tragically died at his home in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, on Christmas Day (25.12.16) and to commemorate the star the Childline founder is organising a show with an all-star line up as a tribute to George - who made a number of generous donations over the years - and to coincide with the organisation's 30th anniversary.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror, Esther said: ''I think it would be wonderful to celebrate him with a tribute concert next year. George helped us to reach out to hundreds of thousands of children through his generosity. I met him a couple of times, he approached us, rather than us going cap in hand to him, but it was an intensely personal gift.''

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George Michael's Death Prompts Touching Stories Of His Extraordinary Generosity


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The passing of pop icon George Michael has prompted an outpouring of grief from fans and fellow artists. But along with paying tribute to Michael’s musical legacy, people are also sharing stories of the singer’s incredible generosity and the secret acts of kindness he performed during his lifetime.

George MichaelGeorge Michael has been praised for his generosity, most of which he kept secret

‘Pointless’ presenter Richard Osman began on Twitter by sharing a story about Michael anonymously donating £15,000 to a woman he saw on ‘Deal or No Deal’ who needed the money for IVF treatment.

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Sam Smith Pays Homage To George Michael


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Sam Smith has credited George Michael for helping to shape him as an artist.

The 'Stay With Me' singer broke his social media silence on Monday (26.12.16) - his first post since June - to pay his respects to the late 'Careless Whisper' hitmaker, who was just 53-years-old when he passed away at his home in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, South East England on Christmas Day (25.12.16).

Taking to Twitter, he wrote: ''Words can't express how much you and your music meant and means to me. Please play his music as loud as you can today..& celebrate one of the most magical, talented, bravest & important figures in music & life as I know it. Your music & message will live on

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George Michael, Earl's Court, London and England Saturday 13th October 2012 George Michael performs at Earl's Court, London, England

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George Michael

Date of birth

25th June, 1963

Occupation

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Sex

Male

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