Born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou 41 years ago in UK, George
Michael hits the stardom peak for the first time as a member of the duo
Wham!. In the first half of 80's George and his colleague Andrew Ridgeley
score a great variety of hit singles ranging from rap to up-tempo pop to
melancholic ballads. George is the head of the group, contributing to its
success with his songwriting gift and vocal makings. George's overflowing
talent naturally evolves into his becoming a solo artist that brings him
bigger benefits than ever. With his 1987's album Faith, George Michael
conquers the top of all European charts, selling over seven million copies.
The hit singles Faith and Careless Whisper rank among the emblematic songs
of 80's. His following album releases Listen Without Prejudice, Vol. 1 and
Vol. 2 do not achieve the success of the first one, remaining in its shadow.
The commercial failure of those releases makes George embark on a furious
legal battle with his record company, which he regretfully loses. His new
contract with the Dreamworks' music division brings his career back to life
due to the efficient album promotion. In 1996's Older George discloses his
soul in a movingly profound way. In 1998, Michael splashes onto the tabloid
scene after being arrested for indecent conduct in a men's public restroom
at a park near his home in Beverly Hills. Upon all the fuss around that
case, George appears on CNN and publicly reveals his homosexuality.
Meanwhile, a greatest hits package, 1998's Ladies And Gentlemen, is released
and turns into a worldwide hit. One year later, a collection of millennial
covers, dubbed Songs From the Last Century, comes up, featuring a jazzy
interpretation of The Police's Roxanne, among others.
Pop celebrity George Michael reportedly bought a controversial portrait
of Britain's Princess Diana, painted by artist Stella Vine. The portrait
depicts the late princess in an evening gown and features the words
"Murdered? Pregnant? Embalmed?" in the background. The 41-year-old singer
was a friend of the princess and hosted 'A Concert For Hope', organized by
Diana in 1995 to raise money for AIDS charities. The sum George invested in
the picture amounts to £25,000. September 01, 2005
George Michael and his boyfriend - Texas gallery owner KENNY GOSS are
planning to sell their three-bedroom apartment in Dallas, Texas. The
dwelling sale is due to the couple's initiative to obtain a bigger home that
will have space to accommodate their dogs. They currently have three dogs
but plan to buy two Labrador puppies, thus expanding the number of family
members. Their new home is supposed to be in the same area. August 19, 2005
| John's had falling-outs with Tina Turner, George Michael and Madonna, to name a few, earning himself quite the catty reputation.