George Michael

Genres: Electronic & Ambient Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Descriptive "tags": pop 80s british soul dance Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
Artist Compilations: Aretha Franklin & George Michael

Biography

Georgios (Yorgos) Kyriacos Panayiotou, 25 June 1963, East Finchley, London, England. Michael first served his pop apprenticeship in the million-selling duo Wham!, the most commercially successful, teen-orientated band of the 80s. His solo career was foreshadowed in 1984’s UK chart-topper ‘Careless Whisper’, a song about a promiscuous two-timer with the oddly attractive line: ‘Guilty feet have got no rhythm’. By the time Wham! split in 1986, Michael was left with the unenviable task of reinventing himself as a solo artist. The ballad ‘Careless Whisper’ had indicated a possible direction, but the initial problem was one of image. As a pin-up pop idol, Michael had allowed himself to become a paste-board figure, best remembered for glorifying a hedonistic lifestyle and shoving shuttlecocks down his shorts in concert. The rapid transition from dole queue reject to Club Tropicana playboy had left a nasty taste in the mouths of many...

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