After more than 100 million records sold, has a 35 year long career has ended.
the 80-talsikonen George Michael was on christmas day in the latest in a line of great artists who left this mortal life in 2016.
George Michael, born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, was the son of a Greek cypriot restaurant owner, who moved to England in the 50′s, before George was born.
It was quite clear that young George had the goal to become an artist, but it was only in the early teens, this desire began to take shape in earnest. At Bushey Meads School, he met drummer Andrew Ridgeley, who would become his partner in music for many years to come. Slowly but surely he began his journey towards the top.
Played in the subway
Initially, it was about to play in the London underground, and as a DJ in different clubs in the surrounding area. But it would not be long before the story really took off.
After a less successful bandkonstellation formed of George Michael and Andres Ridgeley of the group Wham! in the year 1981. It was very quite also during the time in the 80′s and 90′s that Michael would reach the greatest success.
After a successful first album in 1983 came the band’s big success with the album "Make it big" in 1984. The album included the song "Wake me up before you go-go", which became a number one hit in both the Uk and the united states.
the Group would continue to produce several hits, including the song “Last christmas” during the past three decades have been a given elements for the celebration of christmas the world over. Michaels julstämma would also be in the charity project “Band Aid”, which in 1984 released the song “Do they know it’s christmas” for the benefit of those affected by the famine in Ethiopia. In just a few months played the song in more than eight million pounds.
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taking the place
the Success of the group continued, at the same time that George Michael started to take more and more place. It was after a while it’s clear that he wanted to get away from the pojksoundet, and in may 1986 was the group of the last concert at Wembley before the 72 000 spectators.
his solo work would, if possible, be even more successful for Michael, who already had a bunch of world hits on the list with Wham!. The year after the break-up he recorded the song “Faith”, an album which today has sold more than 25 million copies.
The next few years caused George Michael to the continued success. Among other things, he starred in smash hit, “Don’t let the sun go down on me”, a song from 1974 by Elton John as the two recorded during a concert at Wembley in 1991.
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Then came the confirmation
Despite all the successes have George Michael’s life and career had been far from free of conflicts, scandals and other sensational events. A big issue was his sexuality, but it was not until 1998 that the then 34-year-old singer confirmed in an interview with CNN that he was gay. Already as a 19-year-old, he should have told among the other Andrew Ridgeley that he was bisexual, and in later interviews, George Michael said that he realized he was gay when he first fell in love with a man.
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Just as artistkollegan Elton John, George Michael early involved in the fight against aids. After releasing “Don’t let the sun go down on me” and donated the proceeds to several charities, including those that worked to combat the then-maximum of mythical disease.
On the latter would be George Michael also end up in trouble with the law in the Uk, because of his drug use. The first time it was found out, in 2006, when he was arrested for possession of drugs that were considered to be less dangerous. But the usage continued, and he would, on several occasions, arrested for possession of harder drugs.
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by the police and Arrested
On several occasions, he was arrested also for driving under the influence, which ultimately led to his 2010 sentenced to eight weeks in prison. He was released after four weeks in the October of the same year.
After the 2008 performances are becoming fewer and fewer, and it was later more about the sporadic appearances.
2011 ended up George Michael in a conflict with the old friend Elton John over Michael’s drug abuse. According to the Daily Mail was the conflict that Elton John wanted to help, but Michael refused.
in The last few years revolved very much around the disease, including the pneumonia he suffered in 2011. It led to that Michael needed intensive care, where his trachea was cut up to keep the airway open.
in 2014 he made his comeback with “Symphonica” – a live album and dvd that would come to be his very last.
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