George Michael Passes Away on Christmas
The world was saddened to hear of the passing of British pop star George Michael, who died on Christmas in his home at age 53.
Singer-songwriter George Michael, born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, was found dead in bed at his home in Oxfordshire, England on Christmas morning. He appear to have died from heart failure at age 53.
The pop star was born the son of Greek immigrants, and grew up in Kingsbury, London. He founded the band Wham! in 1982 with a high school friend named Andrew Ridgely. They released their first two albums in the early Eighties on Innervision, who thought they were a great act for young female fans.
After a dispute with their label Wham! signed to Epic Records in 1984 when their debut “Wake Me up Before You Go-Go” propelled them to the #1 position. Their single Last Christmas/Everything She Wants solidified their place in pop music history as the 24th top selling single of all time in the United Kingdom. They donated the profits to Band Aid’s Ethiopian famine appeal ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’.
In late 1987 George Michael debuted his solo album Faith. “I Want Your Sex” was banned by many radio stations in the UK and US because the lyrics were too sexually suggestive. This of course made it even more famous, and MTV agreed to air the music video. Michael defended the song saying it was about monogamous, not casual sex.
Alway a sexual artist, the pop singer did not officially “come out” until 2007. Although he was very open about it in his music after that. Unfortunately in the years that followed he was a regular part of the tabloids, mostly a string of driving under the influence charges.
Since he passed away the Internet has been awash in an outpouring of grief over the loss.
Try to remember George Michael as he was by listening to the top five most played Wham! and George Michael tracks on Spotify.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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