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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.
Melanie Panayiotou has reportedly moved into his plush Highgate mansion
George Michael has reportedly left his sister his £10million London mansion and it has been suggested the 55-year-old hairdresser has already moved into the plush property. However, speculation continues to mount over the timing and whereabouts of the Wham! star’s funeral.
George Michael has reportedly left his mansion to his sister, Melanie
George's older sister, Melanie Panayiotou is believed to be currently making preparations for the Careless Whisper hitmaker’s "heartfelt and intimate" funeral from the Highgate property which became a makeshift shrine for grieving fans in the weeks after his untimely death.
Continue reading: George Michael Has Reportedly Left His £10 Million Mansion To His Sister
43 year old Fawaz said that he doesn't know on what date the funeral will take place.
George Michael’s boyfriend, Fadi Fawaz, has claimed that he has been frozen out of the funeral arrangements made by the late singer’s family, and doesn’t even know when the service will take place.
In a new interview following the long-awaited coroner’s report that had delayed the funeral by several weeks, Fawaz said that he was being kept out of the loop regarding the arrangement of the ceremony.
“The funeral? I can’t give you an answer, everything is being kept quiet,” he told The Sun on Friday (March 10th). “I can’t tell you about the funeral – it should have happened a long time ago. This has gone on and on. I was in the middle of it all."
Michael passed away at his home on Christmas Day 2016, and his funeral has been delayed for more than two months due to waiting for the coroner's report.
Over two months after his passing, it has been revealed that the late pop singer George Michael died of natural causes, relating to diseases of the heart and liver, according to the official coroner’s report that was released on Tuesday (March 7th).
Specifically, the solo singer and former Wham! star suffered from dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and a fatty liver, the senior coroner for Oxfordshire, Darren Salter, told the Press Association later in the day.
A statement from Salter read: “Inquires into the death of George Michael have been concluded and the final post-mortem report received.”
Continue reading: George Michael Died From Natural Causes, Coroner's Report Concludes
Adele performed a slow-downed version of ‘Fastlove’ at Sunday night’s ceremony.
During her performance Adele was forced to restart the song to make sure she got it perfect, telling the audience, "I can't mess this up for him.”
A call made to emergency services after the singer's body was found has apparently been made public
As a year for celebrity deaths goes, 2016 was a catastrophe with singer George Michael’s passing in December topping off 12 months of mourning for many music fans. Now the former Wham! frontman’s loved ones have been surrounded by more heartbreak after an alleged excerpt from the 999 call after his death was made public.
George Michael was found by his partner at home on Christmas Day
The apparent call leaked to the public was made by Michael’s partner, Fadi Fawaz who said he found the singer dead when he arrived at his home in Oxfordshire on Christmas Day to wake him before a Christmas lunch.
Sir Elton John has praised the late George Michael as a ''brilliant songwriter'' and a global phenomena.
The 69-year-old musician dedicated his selected playlist on his radio show 'Elton John's Rocket Hour Show' on Apple's Beats 1 network on Tuesday (07.02.17), which saw him praise the fellow musician - who passed away in December last year - as a ''good friend'' and vocalist.
Speaking on the programme about the 'Club Tropicana' hitmaker, he said: ''I wanted to do a little tribute to him on the show because not only was he a good friend, but he was probably one of the most brilliant songwriters this country's ever produced, and certainly one of the best vocalists ever. One of the best in the world.''
The singer passed away on Christmas Day 2016, at the age of 53.
George Michael’s family’s ordeal has been extended after it was reported that the star’s funeral has been delayed due to the coroner awaiting results from toxicology tests.
Oxfordshire senior coroner, Darren Salter, has reportedly yet to open an inquest into Michael’s death, with Thames Valley Police claiming they were still waiting for the results of tests done on his body organs to ascertain whether drug ingestion had been a factor, according to the Daily Mirror.
The singer’s body will only be released to his family after all tests have been completed and a possible inquest closed.
Continue reading: George Michael's Funeral Delayed By Wait For Toxicology Report
Geri welcomed her second child on Saturday, January 21.
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.”
Continue reading: Geri Horner Names Son In Tribute To Friend George Michael
Remembering some of the pop superstar's greatest hits.
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.
Ten incredible George Michael numbers
1. Careless Whisper
Continue reading: In Tribute: Our Favourite George Michael Songs
A report by The Mirror claims that Michael visited the Swiss centre in 2015 in a last-ditch attempt to beat his drug addiction.
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”.
Date of birth
25th June, 1963
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