Prime Rocks: George Michael

9:30pm Monday, August 17 on Prime


Born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou on June 25, 1963, in London, George Michael has sold over 70 million albums during his career.

He grew up in and near London where he developed his passion for music at an early age. While at school, Michael befriended Andrew Ridgeley. They shared a love of pop music and started playing together. By some reports, Michael and Ridgeley were an unlikely duo – Michael was pudgy and shy while Ridgeley was attractive and outgoing.

Although they were an odd couple, George and Andrew went on to form Wham! – one of the most successful British pop bands of the 1980s. As the lead vocalist and main songwriter, Michael emerged as the star of the group and it wasn’t long before he broke out on his own.

With the release of his first solo album Faith, George shed his teen heartthrob image and went for an edgier look, often sporting a leather jacket and a few days’ worth of stubble. Most recently he released Twenty Five – a greatest hits collection celebrating his twenty five years in the music industry.

Aside from his stellar career, his temperamental personality has led to professional feuds with both record label executives and fellow artists. A strong appetite for drugs, alcohol, and sexual encounters has resulted in multiple scrapes with the law but kept his name front and centre of pop culture.

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