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R,I.P. George Michael

George Michael (Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou), singer and songwriter, born 25 June 1963; died 25 December 2016
George Michael, who has died aged 53 of heart failure, was Britain’s biggest pop star of the 1980s, first with the pop duo Wham! and then as a solo artist. After Wham! made their initial chart breakthrough with the single Young Guns (Go for It) in 1982, Michael’s songwriting gift brought them giant hits including Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go and I’m Your Man, and they became leading lights of the 80s boom in British pop music, alongside Culture Club and Duran Duran. His first solo album, Faith (1987), sold 25m copies, and Michael sold more than 100m albums worldwide with Wham! and under his own name. 
Michael remained a major figure in the music industry even when his record releases slowed to a trickle in the later part of his career, and a loyal fan base ensured that his concert tours always sold out. However, from the late 1990s onwards he was beset by a string of personal crises and clashes with the law caused by drug use. He had always felt ambivalent about the demands of stardom, and found it difficult to balance his celebrity status with his private life. After years of concealing his homosexuality, he eventually came out in 1998, after being arrested for engaging in a “lewd act” in a public lavatory in Beverly Hills, California. 

George Michael – I Can’t Make You Love Me
George Michael And Mutya Buena – This Is Not Real Love
George Michael Duet with Mary J. Blige – As
George Michael – Spinning The Wheel
George Michael – Star People ’97 (Live)
George Michael – Something To Save
George Michael – Precious Box
George Michael – Praying For Time
George Michael – To Be Forgiven
George Michael – They Won’t Go When I Go
George Michael – John And Elvis Are Dead
George Michael – Killer – Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone
Wham! – The Edge Of Heaven
Wham! – Club Tropicana
Last Christmas


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