George Michael

George Michael
George Michael.jpeg
Michael performing on stage during the
Faith World Tour in 1988
Background information
Birth name Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou
Born (1963-06-25)25 June 1963
East Finchley, London, England
Died 25 December 2016(2016-12-25) (aged 53)
Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1981–2016
Labels
Associated acts
Website georgemichael.com
Notable instruments
  • Piano
  • John Lennon model "Z" Steinway [1]

Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou ( Greek: Γεώργιος Κυριάκος Παναγιώτου; Greek pronunciation:  [ʝeˈorʝos kiriˈakos panaʝiˈotu]) (25 June 1963 – 25 December 2016), known professionally as George Michael, was an English singer, songwriter, record producer, and philanthropist who rose to fame as a member of the music duo Wham! He was best known for his work in the 1980s and 1990s, including hit singles such as " Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" and " Last Christmas", and albums such as Faith (1987) and Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 (1990).

Up to the time of his death, Michael sold more than 115 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. [3] His breakthrough duo Wham! sold 28 million records between 1982 and 1986, and his debut solo album Faith sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. [4] Michael achieved seven number one singles in the UK and eight number one songs on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, including " Careless Whisper" and " Praying for Time". He ranks among the best-selling British acts of all time, and in 2008 he was ranked 40th on Billboard's list of the Greatest Hot 100 Artists of All Time. Michael won various music awards throughout his 30-year career, including three Brit Awards—he won Best British Male twice, four MTV Video Music Awards, four Ivor Novello Awards, three American Music Awards, and two Grammy Awards from eight nominations. Michael, who came out as gay in 1998, was an active LGBT rights campaigner and HIV/AIDS charity fundraiser.

In 2004, the Radio Academy named Michael the most played artist on British radio during the period 1984–2004. The documentary A Different Story (released in 2005) covered his career and personal life. Michael's first tour in 15 years, the worldwide 25 Live tour, spanned three tours over the course of three years (2006, 2007, and 2008). In the early hours of 25 December 2016, Michael, aged 53, was found dead in bed at his Oxfordshire home. A coroner's report attributed his death to natural causes. [5]

Early life

Michael was born in East Finchley on 25 June 1963. [6] [7] His father, Kyriacos "Jack" Panayiotou, [8] a Greek Cypriot restaurateur, had emigrated to Britain in the 1950s. [9] Michael's mother, Lesley Angold (née Harrison; 1937–1997), was an English dancer, [10] and his maternal grandmother was Jewish. [11] [12] Michael spent most of his childhood in Kingsbury, London, in the home his parents bought soon after his birth; he attended Kingsbury High School. [13] [14] His older sisters are Yioda and Melanie. [15]

While he was in his early teens, the family moved to Radlett. There, Michael attended Bushey Meads School in Bushey, where he befriended his future Wham! partner Andrew Ridgeley. The two had the same career ambition of being musicians. [8] Michael busked on the London Underground, performing songs such as " '39" by Queen. [16] His involvement in the music business began with his working as a DJ, playing at clubs and local schools around Bushey, Stanmore, and Watford. This was followed by the formation of a short-lived ska band called The Executive, with Ridgeley, Ridgeley's brother Paul, Andrew Leaver, and David Mortimer (later known as David Austin). [17]

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