Written By: Sean Bardoo from www.seanbproductions.com
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The world has lost another true music Legend. This is one of the saddest stories, I have to report and write this year. On December 25, 2016 music icon George Michael, died peacefully in his sleep on Christmas day, according to his publicist. His manager, Michael Lippman, said the singer died of heart failure in bed at his home in Oxfordshire, England. He was one of the true legendary pop icons, from the 1980’s glam era. He was a British singer, songwriter, and record producer born in England, famous for many hit songs during the 1980’s, and 1990’s. Many international music lovers never knew that George’s original birth name was Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, not even British locals in England except for true die-hard fans.
Many people grooved to his music that was so soothing and relaxing with his effortless style. George had a one of a kind golden voice that was so crystal clear in tone and highlighted with his sexy dance moves, and model like hair made him standout. He often used well known supermodels in some of his videos. Something about George was really different that carved out his own original style, and place in music history. In most of his early videos & performances George often wore a black leather jacket; and music featured; the acoustic guitar. During his career had an impressive career of 11 UK No 1 hits and sold over 100 million albums. His last album released, named Symphonica was in 2014.
We first heard about George from the group Wham! A- boy-band duo. One of the 1980’s British invasion groups made up of male teenagers performing wearing tight shorts “Wham Rap! Enjoy What You Do.” He attended the Bushey Meads School in the town of Bushey, and this was where friendship first started with his future Wham! partner Andrew Ridgeley.
During the early start of his career, George’s music had a style of originality oozing out of him that didn’t exist by any other male artist effortlessly incorporated with major sex appeal, and stylish flair the world was not accustom to from male performers during the 1980’s. Although, other male performers existed at the time that steered major controversy during the era of his career highpoints; like Michael Jackson, Prince and Little Richard that featured their own extreme male provocative style. George still managed to create his own originality as an artist.
Many rumors spread like wildfire throughout George’s early career about his sexuality. However, he never iniatially addressed his sexuality to the public early on. He said in an interview in his late 20s it was a very depressing time in his life from the loss of partner, designer Anselmo Feleppa, to an Aids-related illness in 1993. But only came out officially in the Media as gay after arrest in April, 1998 for an act witnessed by an undercover police officer in Beverly Hills. Regardless of what negative comments people may try and say about him. This was a man loved and adorned by the world. He was a wonderful human being full of compassion, and caring for others.
Many other celebrities have paid tribute to George since his passing like; Elton John, his friend from the group Wham- Andrew Ridgeley, Madonna, Brian May, Sam Smith, and Kylie Minogue. The ‘Freedom ’90’ Supermodels also Paid Tribute to George Michael that appeared in his video. The most touching so far was from Naomi Campbell a personal friend of his where she expressed how much the musician will be missed, saying, “#my condolences to the family and loved ones , you will never know how many lives you touched with your soulful voice and your fight for LGBT rights. Stand Tall George the Angels are awaiting you !!! May you Rest In Peace #freedom90.” She posted a moving head shot of the singer on her Instagram page with the other 1990’s supermodels that appeared in his music videos as well, dubbing him “the man with the Golden Angelic Voice.”
I totally agree with Naomi. George helped boost self-confidence, within the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer and Transgendered communities accept themselves. Many saw him as a role-model and inspiration to them. George was a man that avidly loved the gay community, advocated for LGBT rights, and became a celebrity supporter of HIV charity with the Terrence Higgins Trust and so many others.
I remember listening to many of his hit songs on the radio, television, home, events, and even in dance clubs. I especially loved classic hits like “Faith,” which was his biggest, and best hit. I will miss seeing him on television, radio, releasing new music and live performances.
Countless fans have also been seen going outside his home in Highgate, North London, to pay their respects. We will truly miss George Michael and send our deepest sympathies to his family, friends and fans across the world.