Last Christmas(2016), the news broke my heart. The very next day, WHAM! did I play. (Playing)
Like the rest of the world, the passing of George Michael came as a shock to me...unlike everyone else, I doubt that they got into George before they when they were in preschool. How can one remember from
such a young age? As George sang, "My memory serves me far too well."
The first time I heard "Everything She Wants" on the radio, I was hooked for life. At first, I thought it was "Somebody Tell Me." (This was his favorite song to play at concerts)
George was born Georgios KyriacosPanayiotou (Panos) on June 25, 1963 in Finchley, London, where he and Andrew Ridgeley first met at Bushey Meads School. WHAM! was formed in 1981; the two were former members of The Executive.
He had a soft spot for dogs Case in pointElton John presented George with the 1985 3/13/85 "Songwriter of the Year" (George was overwhelmed)
A little overcome with emotion, 21-year-old George Michael becomes the youngest receipient of an IVOR NOVELLO songwriting award. Presenting it, Elton John had hailed him as "a major songwriter in the same tradition of Paul McCartney and Barry Gibb."
What I found to be very sad was that it was his half-birthday when he passed!
I was watching the news on Christmas Day 2016, when I saw something that would change my world: "Musician George Michael has died at age 53. " I went numb. Was this a joke? After checking other sources, it was not a joke...My first music crush was gone.
I have loved this man's music literally ALL my life: I first heard him before I went to preschool in 1984. I first fell in love with him when I heard "Everything She Wants" on the radio. I was obsessed with that song. Every time I hear that song on the radio, I get choked up.
In 1991, my then-babysitter knew how much I liked George, and she bought me two notebooks, which are on this page.
In 1992, I heard "Too Funky" for the first time. I like that song so much, I bought the single.
In 1993, I attempted to try to do a George song for the talent show. I had tried to do "Hard Day" because I thought it sounded cool. (I was naive when it came to anything sexual) Without giving me a reason, I was rejected. (I was confused because I thought that it was under 5 minutes, per the rules, so it would be acceptable!)
At the time, I was also into Elton John; I have always been fascinated by things in common. The way they sang together was nothing short of magic, in my humble opinion.
Fast -forward to the morning of December 27, 2012. That day was the 25th anniversary of my father's passing. The first song I heard when I turned on the radio that morning was, you guessed it, "Everything She Wants." (said to his picture, "I got the message, thank you, Dad!")
Other songs that I heard that morning were "Don't You Forget About Me" (Simple Minds) , "Always Something There to Remind Me" (Naked Eyes) and "It's a Beautiful Day" (U2)
George with one of his musical influences, Paul McCartney--They recorded "Heal the Pain" together; here, they sang "Drive My Car" at Live 8. (Paul forgot to introduce George who said "No one f*cking old me to go on!!" as he hurried on stage)--It is the song on Paul's name below)
(So-named after the chaos from the 1989 R&B Awards)
1. Praying for Time
2. Freedom '90
3. They Won't Go When I Go
4. Something to Save
5. Cowboys and Angels
6. Waiting for That Day
7. Mother's Pride
8. Heal the Pain
9. Soul Free
10. Waiting (Reprise)
(He said that this was a better album than Faith)
Andrew Ridgeley on George Michael
"His is a legacy of unquestionable brilliance which will continue to shine and resonate for generations to come," his former Wham! partner Andrew Ridgeley said after he died. "George has left in his songs, in the transcendent beauty of his voice, and in the poetic expression of his soul, the very best of himself."
"George would be 'humbled' and 'knocked sideways' by the outpouring of love for (both of us)," Andrew said.
"He had a voice that would transport u. He was the finest singer/songwriter of a generation and has left the best himself 4 us. RIP GM.
God didn't give it, you did, my old friend. Cleft with grief. Axx"
Limahl:"Gobsmacked about George Michael, death mere 53 years young, I met him once or twice back in the '80s; my favorite GM song is 'Older'"
Paul McCartney: "George Michael's sweet soul music will live on after his shocking death; having worked with him on a number of occasions his great talent always shone through and his self deprecating sense of humor made the experience more pleasurable."
Paul Young: "Oh no...what a year. George Michael, you were the smartest pop star I ever met.He was literally straight out of the car, quick chat on stage no warm-ups or anything, and sang like a bird, RIP now fella x Live Aid, Freddie Mercury Tribute
Martin Kempof Spandau Ballet: "We are incredibly sad at the passing of our dear friend George Michael. A brillant artist and great songwriter." -LA
James Corden:"I've loved George Michael for as long as I can remember. He was an absolute inspiration. Always ahead of his time."
Simply Red'sMick Hucknall:"It's hard to take in.One of our most talented singer songwriters has left us. RIP George Michael Such sad, tragic news. 2016 please end."
Elton John:"I am in deep shock, I have lost a beloved friend--the kindest, most generous soul. My heart goes out to his family, friends and all his fans. @GeorgeMichael #RIP LA, FM
Howard Jones:"Can't believe George Michael has passed...one of the best singers and writers the UK has ever produced. I'm saddened...a lovely man." LA
Bryan Adams:"RIP George Michael. I can't believe it.Such an incredible singer and lovely human being, far too young to leave us." LA
-His uncle took his own life on June 25, 1963 (the same day George was born) ("Mother Had a Brother"); (his uncle, Colin, was also gay)
(He adimtted later that Colin actually died in January 1964, but kept the lyrics for "dramatic affect")
--George's older sister, Melanie, used to cut his hair when it got too hard for him to manange
--His duet with Aretha Franklin came before his first solo album, in Dec 1986. Faith was released in 1987; George said back in 1982 that he would like to work with Aretha "someday" (even appearing at Live Aid at the same time on July 13, 1985) She said, "He was looking sharp with a fresh haircut."
("i Knew You Were Waiting for Me" was directed by George and earned them the 1987 Grammy for best duet)
--George was part of 1985's Band Aid for famine relief in Africa and sang on "Don't They Know It's Christmas?"(George Michael is NOT creditted on the cover of the cover on the original record!)
--When Rob Thomas wrote "Smooth" (duet with Santana), he had George Michael in mind (Rob originally wanted George to sing "Smooth")
("If he did not exist, I likely wouldn't be doing this.")
Paul Young and GeorgeGeorge's music is heavily featured in KeanuLooking good in a hat
*This is a fan page; NOT a gossip page*
George's father Jack once told his son, "You couldn't sing to save your life!" after George had told his dad that he wanted to be a pop star.
Jack said, "Everybody wants to be a pop star!" George said, "No, everybody wants to be a pop star when they're 12. I want to make this my life's work."
When Jack attended a WHAM! show in Scotland, he admitted that he cried "Like a baby", because he saw how wrong he was about George.
At first, he had wanted his son to work with him in his restaurant, Mr. Jack's, but George said, "That gave me an idea of what I didn't want to do."
In contrast, his mother Lesley was always supportive of her son. They remained close until her passing on February 26, 1997 from skin
cancer. George said that it was "unnatural" for a mother to believe in a son so much.
George, of course, was devastated. She had always been supportive of him. The only time he gave a "shout out" at one of his concerts was to his mother, who was in the audience. "Hello mom!" (After the passing of Princess Diana in August 1997, he would say, "It was like reliving my mom's death all over again".) He later said his shout out was "meant to be." (The tabloids were so LOW, some of them posed as doctors when his mother was dying!)
George and Diana became famous at about the same time, in the early 1980s. Her passing on Aug 31, 1997 came only months after his mother's passing, bringing up bad memories for George.
Personally, her loss was huge for George, as they both believed in the same causes, especially when it came to children, starvation and AIDS.
For Halloween 2017, I could not be anyone else, I love you George! I miss you everyday, my love!
It Really Doesn't Matter
They Won't Go When I Go
Heal the Pain
I wrote to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on November 3, 2017, and got a reply.
Here is what I wrote:
"Hello. It is past time that George Michael is at least nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
He began his career with WHAM! and the first recording with Fantastic in 1983, and his solo career began with 1987's Faith.
It would be a great honor to at least nomanted George Michael for the 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Thank you for your time.
Here is the reply:
"Hello Katie. Thank you for taking the time to contact us about the induction of George Michael into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Like you, rock and roll is part of our being, so we understand your passion about who gets into the Rock Hall, as a huge George Michael fan myself, I was devastated by his passing, I get it and I agree...it is frustrating when deserving artists are overlooked.
We have a long way to go, and just because George has yet to be inducted doesn't mean he won't be!
Rock and roll is about bringing people together, finding common threads to unite us. We are lucky to have experienced this great music and will continue to do so. Thanks for keeping the spirit of rock and roll alive. We are honored to be entrusted with perserving it!"
With Elton John at Diana's 1997 funeral; her favorite song by George was "You Have Been Loved" (which Bristish radio stations in her memory)
(George had previously given her a copy of Older which "You Have Been Loved" is off of.)
Go For It (Young Guns)
Everything She Wants
One More Try
Go to the City (Flawless)
Edge of Heaven
I'm Your Man
Enjoy What You Do (WHAM! Rap)
I gave myself an early Chrstmas present on Dec 7, 2017! (George) I got the Freedom book as a present for Christmas 2018.
(On Dec 23, 2017, I lit a candle for George at my church; I did the same for Abby on Apr 21, 2018; I have lit a total of 3 candles for George)
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Crying is a way your eyes speak when your mouth can't explain how broken your heart is.
The Best of WHAM!
1.WHAM Rap! (Enjoy what you Do?)
2. Club Tropicana
3. Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go
4. Last Christmas
5.The Edge of Heaven
6.Where Did Your Heart Go?
7. I'm Your Man
8. Everything She Wants
George Michael :Twentyfive (Disc One) Disc Two
1.Club Tropicana 1. Fastlove
2. Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go 2. Jesus to a Child
3. Freedom 3. Spinning the Wheel
4. Last Christmas 4. Outside
5. Everything She Wants 5. As*
6. I'm Your Man 6. Freeek!
7. The Edge of Heaven 7. Amazing
8. A Different Corner8. John and Elvis are Dead.
9. I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)*9. Flawless (Go to the City)
(Aretha Franklin's only #1 hit in the UK)
10. I Want Your Sex10. Shoot the Dog
11. Faith11. Roxanne
12. Father Figure 12. An Easier Affair
13. One More Try 13. Waltz Away Dreaming*
14. Monkey 14. If I Told You That*
15. Kissing a Fool 15.Somebody to Love*
(For Somebody to Love, George said he was so overwhelmed, he wanted to die inside)
16. Freedom '9016. I Can't Make You Love Me
17. Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me*17. Star People '97
18.Too Funky 18. You Have Been Loved
19. Killer/Papa Was a Rolling Stone
20. Round Here
George Michael: Live in London (Disc 1)
(In Earl's Court (like Elton John in 1975, GM's first concert!)
Warm-up "Hard Day"
3. I'm Your Man
4. Flawless (Go to the City)
5. Father Figure
6. You Have Been Loved
7. An Easier Affair
8. Everything She Wants
9. One More Try
10. A Different Corner
11. Too Funky
12. Shoot the Dog
13. John and Elvis are Dead
15. Spinning the Wheel
16. Feeling Good
18. My Mother Had a Brother
22. Careless Whisper
23. Freedom '90
Documentary "I'd Know Him a Mile Off!"
(The song playing when he says "Can you turn the radio down?" is "Eternal Flame" by the Bangles)
1. Precious Box
2. Jesus to a Child
3. First Time Ever
The music of George Michael is played thoughout this movie; the first character's (Clarence) favorite song is"Faith." I like the scene when they are all singing George's songs in the car.
When Freedom '90" is played, Clarence (Shark Tank) says, "Oh yeah! That's my shit!"
Melanie used to cut her brother's hair when it was too hard for him to manage
(He refused to have anyone else do his hair!)
Just like me, George hit his head when he was a child; only George hit his head when he was 8 when he fell down the stairs on his way to lunch. I fractured my skull when I was half George's age...four; and I believe, because of me, children are now not allowed to sit in the shopping cart at the grocery store.
For George, the fall down the stairs impaired his vision, and he had to wear glasses...He always had a fondness for music.
(Another thing I have in common with George: We are both double-jointed in our thumbs!)
George Michael Unplugged
1. Freedom '90
3. I Can't Make You Love Me
4. Father Figure
5. You Have Been Loved
6. Everything She Wants (He said this was the one WHAM! song of the evening; most people could guess which track he would play)
Elton called George "The Paul McCartney of his generation"
Kissing a Fool
You Have Been Loved
IKnew You Were Waiting (For Me)
An Easier Affair
Cowboys and Angels
Praying for Time Precious Box
A Different CornerA Moment Witth You
Nothing Looks the Same in the Light Nikita
You and I Safe
If You Were There
One More Try
With sisters Melanie and Yoida
I got a George Michael quilt for my birthday in 2018
(Now I can sleep with George every night!!!)
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Click above to hear and see George sing "Feeling Good" on Eli Stone
I did not know until I read my GEORGE book that George Michael had acted.
"Stress causes gray hairs, it doesn't cause legendary British pop stars to show up in your living room and perform their greatest hits"--Eli Stone
In the pilot episode, Eli hears "Faith" thoughout the da.y He tells his girlfriend that the song has been following him around all day.
*Each episode of the first season is the name of a George Michael song*.
Eli Stone co-star and creators remember George Michael:
--Matt Letscher (Nathan Stone) wrote, “My time with George was short but eye opening. A massive talent.”
--Eli Stone creator Greg Berlanti: "His music matched the spirit of the show. So many of his songs dealt with what we wanted to deal with--spirituality and searching. They're fun and poppy, but also extremely inspirational."
Berlanti: "I've only witnessed true genius a few times in my life , one of those was watching George Michael lay down 'Feeling Good.'"
He continued: "(George) was an incredible talent and even more of sweet, kind man to all lucky enough to work with or spend time with him, may he rest in peace."
--Marc Guggenheim: "George Michael was a class act, he was part of the show from the very inception No one else had the name recognition, association with the '80s and songs that fit the tone of the show."
George had asked that they not "ease him into acting with 3 or 4 word lines" which is what they originally did!
Freedom 2017--George Michael's Final Production
George loved walking Abby and Meg.
(Abby passed in April 2018, so they are all together again)
For My Sweet George
Katie Roem·Thursday, May 3, 2018
On Christmas Day 2016, like singers James and Dean, you left this world to be with Jesus on his birthday; that was the worst day!
I fell in love with you when I was two. I had not yet seen your face, I had only heard your voice. Then I saw your gorgeous face, rejoice!
My father passed two days after Christmas in 87 when was five. How I wish he would have stayed alive...
Then I heard “Father Figure” off FAITH; there my father was, still disgraced..
The riots that came after your awards were uncalled for. The people voted for you, need I say more?
Why after all these years you are not in the Rock of Fame really is a shame! I wrote to them, so I am not to blame.
I didn't know until I read a book that you had hit your head in a fall at school when you were eight. I would do the same, only I was half your age, did the pain ever ache...
Like you, I have always loved animals; whenever I lost a pet, I took it bad. They are completely innocent, how that makes it all the more sad.
In 91, I got two fun notebooks with your face on the front. One of my teachers said you were good looking, I said you were the first and only one.
Christmas of 91 was not fun. You said you had been crying because your first true love was dying.
The passing of your love ended up being an end to your dry spell. OLDER, you would say, was your greatest work. It was done very, very well!
You had said “the first half of the 90s was crap, but 96 made it worth it.” Little did you know what was about to hit.
Your mother had always been there for you. She had gotten skin cancer, and her life would soon be through.
As I finish this on the Godfather of Soul’s birthday, who passed ten years before you, to the day...