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George Michael

Pop Superstar George Michael
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Full Name: Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou
Profession: Pop Superstar

United Kingdom

Why Famous: One of the world's best-selling music artists George Michael rose to fame as a member of the music duo Wham!.

Michael's 1987 debut solo album, "Faith" sold more than 20 million copies worldwide.

He had seven #1 singles in the UK and eight #1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, including "Careless Whisper" and "Freedom! '90".

Born: June 25, 1963
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Sign: Cancer

Died: December 25, 2016 (aged 53)
Cause of Death: Suspected heart failure

Historical Events

  • 1984-07-24 "Careless Whisper" single released by George Michael (Billboard Song of the Year 1985)
  • 1987-10-06 "Faith" single released by George Michael (Billboard Song of the Year 1988)
  • 1987-10-30 "Faith" debut album by George Michael is released
  • 1989-01-30 16th American Music Awards: Randy Travis and George Michael win

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