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George Michael

George Michael.Young George Michael.spacerspacerBorn Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, on the 25th June 1963, in Finchley, London, of a Greek-Cypriot father and a British mother, Yog, as he was known to family and friends, wanted to become a pilot but this was not possible because of his near-sightedness and colour blindness so he turned towards a musical career. With grammar school chum, Andrew Ridgely, (who persuaded George to smarten up and trade in the thick glasses for contacts) he formed the ska band, The Executive. After just two performances he and Ridgely decided to try to make it by themselves. From the title of a song that George had written, "Wham Bang Thank You Ma'am", Wham! was born.

George Michael.spacerThe hits rolled out, from "Young Guns (Go For It) in 1982, "Wham! Rap (Enjoy What You Do) 1983, "Bad Boys" 1983, "Club Tropicana" 1983, "Club Fantastic Megamix" 1983, "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go"1984, "Careless Whisper" 1984,"Make It Big" 1984, "Freedom" 1984, "Last Christmas" 1984, "I'm Your Man" 1984, until "Music From The Edge Of Heaven"1986, when the duo split after performing a farewell concert at Wembley Stadium to an audience of more than 70,000 people.

George Michael in drag.spacerGeorge's "I Want Your Sex" for the "Beverly Hills Cop 2" film was banned by many radio stations on George Michael.spacerboth sides of the Atlantic. The BBC ban probably gave it the boost needed to reach No.3 in the charts here. The end of 1987 saw "Faith", his first Solo Album released. A huge promotion and the world tour that followed exhausted George. A High Court battle with Sony (they had bought out CBS who George was contracted to) slowed George's solo career, but the matter was finally resolved with Sony winning the case, but George getting his release from the contract, which was what he had wanted.

George Michael.spacerRumours of George Michael's sexuality had abounded for many years, although he had been very secretive with his private life. Most gay people instinctively "knew" and labeled him Coy George, but his fans on the whole were oblivious. His Album, "Older" 1996, dedicated to Anselmo Feleppa (his lover) and some of the lyrics were great clues, but mainly went unnoticed until his arrest in April 1998 when he was charged with "lewd behaviour in a public lavatory" in the Will Rogers Memorial Park, Beverly Hills.

George Michael and partner.spacerQuoted as saying, "I feel stupid, reckless and weak for having allowed my sexuality to be exposed in this way, but I don't feel any shame whatsoever, and neither do I think I should.", he, far from falling from grace, turned the situation to his advantage. George Michael.spacerOnce "outed", George became relaxed about his homosexuality and spoke freely about it, even persuading the press to publicize concerts for NetAid in return for frank interviews where he would answer any questions. Prior to his arrest, George had been overwrought with the death of two friends, Princess Diana, and Gianni Versace; and his lover of two years, Anselmo Feleppa, who had died from an AIDS related illness. His lover is now Kenny Goss.

George Michael.spacerAmongst the many musical awards that George Michael has accrued over the years there are the highest: Songwriter of the Year, and two Grammies.

George Michael in the news.spacerShoot the Dog, with its animated video depicting President Bush as a fool and Blair as his lapdog, in early 2002 was very controversial and upset many people both sides of the Atlantic.  Defending himself, Michael said the lyrics and video were being misinterpreted, however, he does appear to hold strong political views.

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George Michael.George Michael in the park.George Michael.George Michael's cottage.



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