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George Michael: the biography
The legendary British singer, formerly a member of the group Wham! George Michael born 25 June 1963 in the UK, in the town of Finchley, which is located in North London. In fact, the name George Michael is nothing but a stage name, because in reality, the artist had the name Georgios Kyriakos Panayiotou.
Father George, Kyriakos Panayiotou, was the Cypriot, who in 50-ies he emigrated to Britain and married an English girl – Leslie Angold Harrison. The father was managing a small restaurant with Greek cuisine, and her mother was a dancer.
In addition to George’s family had two children — sisters Melanie and Iodine, which were older than him. Because of this, that the sisters engaged in the education of the child, as the parents had time for it due to the heavy workload at work.
The image of a sex symbol at maturity is contrary to what the singer was a child – George Michael due to poor eyesight have to wear glasses, complexion could not be called sport, which he is constantly exposed to attacks from peers. To all problems added the need to learn to play the violin, that it is not like a future star.
Become the star of Michael wanted since childhood, literally 7 years, while playing the violin much pleasure does not bring, especially because he was left-handed. At that time George repeated or tried to repeat all the tunes that he heard on the radio. Father did not share the Hobbies of the son, unlike his mother, who made the strong support of his career and gave the recorder with recording function.
A strong influence on the singer and his future style made the band Queen, and Elton John. Sudden change in life came after moving to Hertfordshire, admission to a new school and meeting Andrew Ridgely, who had Egyptian roots. The meeting occurred in 1975, Ridgely specially assigned to Michael to help him settle. This was a turning event in the life of the artist.
The singer is very much changed in appearance, stopped wearing glasses, thin. The revision of the relationship to yourself and the life was the reason that Michael has a new passion, which did not remain places of learning.
Instead, the lessons Michael, Ridgely and friend David Austin was going to the Green Park tube station to entertain passengers covers of songs by the Beatles, David Bowie, and their own creations. Gradually it grew into the formation of the Executive. In addition to these team consisted of Andrew leaver and Paul Ridgely.
Especially this band not famous, releasing only one hit Rude Boy. Group long failed, but the participants managed to develop the Foundation for the formation of Wham!, because while working in The Executive had created a lot of songs for future albums Wham!.
The famous pop Duo was signed to the promising label Innervision Records, it happened in 1982. In the same period and had taken the pseudonym «George Michael». The image of the band — rich playboy, accordingly, their work was directed more on the youth. Confirm this is the video for the debut songs: «Club Tropicana», «Bad Boys», which became the hallmark of the group.
The first album called Fantastic. After initial success it was decided to move on Epic records, after signing the contract, which the band began to receive much more money from royalties than it was before.
A little break in the work took place in late 1983 and lasted until may 1984. Up to this time developed a new image of the group and worked on a new album, called Make It Big. It became popular within the UK, taking first place in various charts. The best creation of the album was the clip. We are talking about the video for «Wake Me Up Before You Go Go», which became a cult.
The next two years were the most successful for the group, as it was in this period came such well-known songs like «Careless Whisper», «Freedom» and of course «Last Christmas», which for a long time became a kind of anthem of this holiday.
George disagreements with the producers over the disparity imposed on him the image of a rowdy teenager with his inner state of romance led to the disintegration of the group, despite its peak of popularity. The albums of the band ended up on the album «The Final», which broke all sales records – they amounted to 40 million copies.
As a solo singer, Michael made his debut in 1984 with the song «Careless Whisper», but a full-fledged appearances as a solo artist began after the group disbanded in 1986. Then was released the album Faith, which got all the important music awards including the Grammy.
Not so successful was the second album called «Listen Without Prejudice, Vol 1», although there were a few well-known songs. The artist decided that the blame for the failure he is not, as singer and songwriter, record label Sony, which, according to him, did not promote the album properly. This led to litigation between the artist and the label, and due to the fact that the case was lost, Michael stopped creating until the end of the contract with Sony.
From this moment career began to decline, and only six years later released the album «Older», partly interested listeners in Europe. The best songs that can be noted is Jesus To A Child and Fastlove. Next were the collections of the best songs, like «Ladies AndGentlemen: The Best Of George Michael» in 1998 and «Songs From The Last Century». It was in 1999.
A relative breakthrough after the stalemate can be considered a release in 2003 of the controversial clip Freeek!, which was very expensive. The success of the video was the reason for the successful debut of the 2004 album Patience. In 2006, the singer for the first time in fifteen years, has embarked on a world tour with concerts. In 2014, he published the sixth and latest album «Symphonica», music which has pleased fans.
Allusions to sexual orientation occurred for a long time. Michael said that he was afraid of how it would react to his family. In 1991 the singer had an affair with the designer Anselmo Feleppa from whom he contracted HIV.
Hints indirectly confirmed in the album «Older». At about this time changed the image of Michael, he began to wear short hair and leather outfit. It was especially difficult in the mid-90s, when I left the life of the mother, and was attacked by the press.
In 1998, the singer decided to make a public statement that he is gay. He was in a relationship at the time with a businessman from Dallas Kenny Goss. Unfortunately, subsequently, their pictures in the tabloids have become more interesting to people than songs, clips, albums, or concerts.
25 Dec 2016 George Michael died in his own house, at the time of his death he was 54 years old. It happened in Oxfordshire. The reason Michael’s death was a heart attack.
- 1983 — Fantastic
- 1984 — Make It Big
- 1986 — Music from the Edge of Heaven
- 1987 — Faith
- 1990 — Listen Without Prejudice, Vol. 1
- 1996 — Older
- 1999 — Songs From The Last Century
- 2004 — Patience
- 2014 — Symphonica