George Michael

George Michael

Singer-songwriter + Musician + Producer
Born Jun 25, 1963

George Michael [born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou; 25 June 1963 is an English musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. Michael rose to fame in the 1980s when he formed the pop duo Wham! with his school friend, Andrew Ridgeley. His first solo single, "Careless Whisper", was released when he was still in the duo and sold about six million copies worldwide.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of George Michael.


1963 Birth Born on June 25, 1963.


1981 18 Years Old Michael first found success after forming the duo Wham! with Andrew Ridgeley in 1981. … Read More


1985 22 Years Old In addition, he contributed background vocals to David Cassidy's 1985 hit "The Last Kiss", as well as Elton John's 1985 successes "Nikita" and "Wrap Her Up". … Read More
…  His 1987 debut solo album, Faith, has on its own sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. … Read More
Michael and Aretha Franklin won a Grammy Award in 1988 for Best R&B Performance – Duo or Group with Vocal for the song.
1989 - 1991 5 More Events
1992 29 Years Old 1 More Event
Michael ended the idea for Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 2 and donated three songs to the charity project Red Hot + Dance, for the Red Hot Organization which raised money for AIDS awareness, while a fourth track "Crazyman Dance" was the B-side of 1992's "Too Funky". … Read More


In 1996, Michael was voted Best British Male, at the MTV Europe Music Awards and the Brit Awards; and at the British Academy's Ivor Novello Awards, he was awarded the prestigious title of 'Songwriter of The Year' for the third time. … Read More
1998 35 Years Old 1 More Event
…  The exact identity of the song's subject—and the nature of Michael's relationship with Feleppa—was shrouded in innuendo and speculation, as Michael had not confirmed he was homosexual and did not do so until 1998. … Read More
1999 - 2000 2 More Events
2002 39 Years Old However, his next single "Shoot the Dog" proved to be highly controversial when released in July 2002. … Read More


In February 2003 George Michael unexpectedly recorded another song in protest against the looming Iraq war, Don McLean's The Grave. … Read More
When Michael's fifth studio album, Patience, was released in 2004, it was critically acclaimed and considered the album of George Michael's comeback to the spotlight in the new millennium. … Read More
2005 - 2007 5 More Events
Following news of Michael's North American tour, Twenty Five was released in North America on 1 April 2008 as a 29-song, 2-CD set featuring several new songs (including duets with Paul McCartney and Mary J. Blige and a song from the short-lived TV series, Eli Stone) in addition to many of Michael's successful songs from both his solo and Wham! career. … Read More
2009 46 Years Old 1 More Event
Though the song is not available any more on his website, it remains available on file sharing networks and on 29 October 2009 the BBC said that George Michael was to join the race for the UK Christmas number one as a remastered version of "December Song" would go on sale on 13 December. … Read More
On 20 February 2010, Michael performed his first show in Perth at the Burswood Dome to an audience of 15,000.
On 22 August 2011, the opening night of his Symphonica world tour, Michael announced that he and Goss had split two years earlier.


2013 50 Years Old On 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.
2014 51 Years Old 1 More Event
Michael's album Symphonica was released on 17 March 2014, and became his 7th solo number one album in the UK, and 9th overall including his Wham! chart-toppers. … Read More
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