10 Facts about George Michael You Probably Didn’t Know [LIST]

RIP George Michael... dead at 53.


  1. 1

    His name when he was born was Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou.


    He was born June 25 1963 in the UK. His dad was a Greek restaurateur and his mom was an English dancer.
  2. 2

    WHAM! was launched in 1981.


    Prior to that, he had formed a short-lived ska band called 'The Executive.'
  3. 3

    WHAM! was the first Western popular music act to ever tour China.


    WHAM! called it quits in 1986.
  4. 4

    He kicked off his solo career in 1987.


    He kicked it off with Aretha Franklin, singing the duet, 'I knew You Were Waiting (For ME).' It gave the legendary American singer her first and only UK number-one hit.
  5. 5

    He has sold over 100 millions records worldwide.


    Four of his 5 solo studio albums went #1 in the UK charts and he had huge success around the globe, including in America. His debut solo album, 'Faith' sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. He released three studio albums while a member of Wham! and five as a solo artist.
  6. 6

    George Michael has won 2 Grammy Awards.


    He earned his first one in 1987 for Best R&B Performance, and he got his second one in 1988 for Album of the Year (for Faith).
  7. 7

    He appeared on the inaugural MTV Europe Music Awards show in 1994.


    Another Euro quick fact: His wedding gift to Prince William and Kate Middleton was a cover of Stevie Wonder’s 1972 song ‘You and I’, which was released in April 2011.
  8. 8

    He was seriously considered as a replacement for Queen front man Freddie Mercury.


    Another quick fact... during his career, he has won 21 music awards from a grand total of 49 nominations.
  9. 9

    Since its release in 1984, there have been over 400 cover versions of 'Last Christmas.'


    This Christmas... sadly was his last one.
  10. 10

    This great musician, singer and performer died today on December 25th, 2016.


    Details aren't out yet but he will be missed. RIP George Michael.

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