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George Michael

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East Finchley, London, England

George Michael (born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou on June 25, 1963 in East Finchley, London, England) is an English musician of English/Greek Cypriot ancestry. Michael began his career by forming a band called The Executive together with his best friend Andrew Ridgeley, a fellow pupil at Bushey Meads School, though it did not survive for long.

It wasn’t until he formed the Wham!, working together again with Ridgeley, in 1981 that he achieved success. Their first album, ‘Fantastic!’, achieved almost instant acclaim, and, within a year, they had released their classic debut single, “Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do)”. Their second single, “Young Guns (Go For It)”, became the first in a string of Top 10 hits in the U.K. singles chart, showing that they had captured a spirited, side of the popular scene.

Those songs were rapidly followed by tracks such as “Bad Boys”, “Club Tropicana”, “Wake Me up Before You Go-Go”, “Freedom”, “Last Christmas”, “Everything She Wants”, and “I’m Your Man”. With the commercial and critical success seen by the band after their second album, ‘Make It Big’, they appeared to be on top of the world. George Michael also sang on the original Band Aid recording of “Do They Know It’s Christmas”, and he donated the profits from the “Last Christmas” / “Everything She Wants” dual-single release to the charity.

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