Salt and Pepper
East Finchley, London, England, United Kingdom
Dance-Pop, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Adult Contemporary, Dance-Rock, Urban
Sophisticated, Stylish, Provocative, Passionate, Sexy, Yearning, Elegant, Intimate, Sensual, Sentimental, Plaintive, Searching, Brooding, Earnest, Literate, Poignant, Refined/Mannered, Bittersweet, Reflective, Austere, Melancholy
Soundtrack, Composer, Director
Has Detailed Data (New)
Claim to Fame
Wham!, the songs ''I Want Your Sex,'' ''Careless Whisper,'' ''Father FIgure,'' ''Monkey'' and ''Faith''
Profile Bio Text
Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou (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 (with Andrew Ridgeley) of the music duo Wham!. He was best known in the 1980s and 1990s with his style of post-disco dance-pop, with best-selling songs such as "Last Christmas" and "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go".
Michael sold more than 100 million records worldwide. His 1987 debut solo album, Faith, sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. Michael garnered seven number one singles in the UK and eight number one hits on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, including "Careless Whisper" and "Freedom! '90". He ranks among the best-selling British acts of all time, with Billboard magazine ranking him the 40th most successful artist to ever live. Michael won various music awards throughout his 30-year career, including three Brit Awards—winning Best British Male twice, four MTV Video Music Awards, four Ivor Novello Awards, three American Music Awards, and two Grammy Awards from eight nominations.
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. In 2006, Michael announced his first tour in 15 years, the worldwide 25 Live tour, spanning three individual tours over the course of three years (2006, 2007 and 2008). In 2016, Michael announced a second documentary on his life entitled Freedom, set to be released in March 2017. On 25 December 2016, Michael died at home at the age of 53.
George Michael was born in East Finchley, London. His father, Kyriacos Panayiotou, a Greek Cypriot restaurateur, moved to England in the 1950s and changed his name to Jack Panos. Michael's mother, Lesley Angold (née Harrison; 1937–1997), was an English dancer. Michael spent the majority of his childhood in Kingsbury, London, in the home his parents bought soon after his birth; he attended Kingsbury High School.
While in his early teens, the family moved to Radlett, Hertfordshire. There, Michael attended Bushey Meads School in the neighbouring town of Bushey, where he befriended his future Wham! partner Andrew Ridgeley. The two had the same career ambition of being musicians. Michael would busk on the London Underground, performing songs such as "'39" by Queen. 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).
George Michael established a relationship with Anselmo Feleppa, a Brazilian dress designer, whom he had met at the 1991 concert Rock in Rio. Six months into their relationship, Feleppa discovered that he had HIV. Michael later said: "It was terrifying news. I thought I could have the disease too. I couldn't go through it with my family because I didn't know how to share it with them – they didn't even know I was gay." In 1993, Feleppa died of an AIDS-related brain hemorrhage.
George Michael's single "Jesus to a Child" is a tribute to Feleppa (he consistently dedicated it to him before performing it live), as is his 1996 album Older. In 2008, speaking about the loss of his partner Feleppa, Michael said: "It was a terribly depressing time. It took about three years to grieve, then after that I lost my mother. I felt almost like I was cursed."
In 1996, George Michael entered into a long-term relationship with Kenny Goss, a former flight attendant, cheerleader coach and sportswear executive from Dallas. They had homes in Dallas and an £8 million mansion in Highgate, North London. In late November 2005, it was reported that Michael and Goss would register their relationship as a civil partnership in the UK, but because of negative publicity and his upcoming tour, they postponed it to a later date.
On 22 August 2011, the opening night of his Symphonica world tour, George Michael announced that he and Goss had split two years earlier. Goss was present at Michael's British sentencing for driving under the influence of marijuana on 14 September 2010.
On 26 October 2011, George Michael cancelled a performance at London's Royal Albert Hall due to a viral infection. On 21 November 2011, a hospital in Vienna admitted Michael after he had complained of chest pains while at a hotel just two hours before his performance at a venue there for his Symphonica Tour. The singer was later confirmed to have suffered from pneumonia and, until 1 December, was in an intensive care unit. While Michael appeared to be "in good spirits" and responded well to treatment following his admittance, on 25 November hospital officials said that his condition had "worsened overnight". This development led to cancellations and postponements of Michael's remaining 2011 performances, which had been scheduled mainly for the United Kingdom.
On 1 December 2011, doctors at the hospital in which George Michael had stayed announced that the singer was "steadily improving" and that he had moved out of the intensive care ward. On 21 December 2011, the hospital discharged Michael. On 23 December 2011, Michael made a public speech outside his house in Highgate, London, in which he stated that the staff at the Vienna General Hospital had saved his life and that he would perform a free concert specifically for those staff. While making the speech, he became emotional and breathless. During the speech, he also mentioned that he had undergone a tracheotomy. He also revealed that, after waking from the coma, he had a temporary West Country accent.
On 16 May 2013, George Michael sustained a head injury when he fell from his moving car on the M1 motorway, near St Albans in Hertfordshire, and was airlifted to a hospital.
On 25 December 2016, Michael, aged 53, died at his home in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire. It has been reported that Michael died from heart failure, according to his agent Michael Lippman, but the cause of death has not yet been officially verified.
Couple Profile Source
Bushey Meads School
www.georgemichael.com, www2.georgemichael.com, www.myspace.com/georgemichael
Full Name at Birth
Georgios Kyriakos Panayiotou
Geri Halliwell, Andrew Ridgeley
Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer, Philanthropist
Andrew Ridgeley, Deon Estus
Has Detailed Data (Music)
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Music Profile Complete
George Michael (born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, 25 June 1963 – 25 December 2016) was an English singer, songwriter, record producer, and philanthropist who rose to fame as a member of the music duo Wham! and later embarked on a solo career. He was widely known for his work in the 1980s and 1990s, including hit Wham! singles such as "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" and "Last Christmas" and solo albums such as Faith (1987) and Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 (1990).
Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Piano, Drums, Percussion, Horns
Aegean, Columbia, Sony
Wham!, Band Aid, Boogie Box High, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Mary J. Blige, Mutya Buena, Whitney Houston
Place of Death
Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom
Cause of Death
Natural Causes as the Result of a Dilated Cardiomyopathy with a Myocarditis and a Fatty Liver
Queen, Mary Blue
Music Genre (Text)
Innervision, Epic, Virgin, DreamWorks
Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Nile Rodgers
Music Genre (Text)
Blue-Eyed Soul, Dance-Pop, Pop, Post-Disco, post-disco, R&B, dance-pop, blue-eyed soul