Personalities | George Michael | Eighties | Rock
(Singer-songwriter, b. 1963)
Born Georgios Panayiotou of North London, Greek-Cypriot heritage, Michael served a very public initiation with teeny-boppers Wham!. In the mid-1980s he released a pair of solo singles, ‘Careless Whisper’ and ‘A Different Corner’, dissolving Wham! in 1986. He re-emerged in 1987 with the pristine adult pop of Faith, which hooked the American market. A series of singles, including ‘Father Figure’, ‘One More Try’ and ‘Monkey’, performed better in the US than the UK. 1990’s Listen Without Prejudice Vol 1 was an altogether darker affair, which heralded a battle with record label Sony. The dispute was resolved in 1995, clearing the way for the introspective Older (1996), which nevertheless furnished several hit singles, including ‘Fastlove’ and ‘Jesus To A Child’. In 2006, Michael started his first tour in 15 years, a massive, worldwide undertaking that saw him perform in 41 countries to two million fans. It was accompanied by the compilation Twenty Five.
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