George Michael

George Michael


6/25/1963, London, England

Birth Name

Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou



Also Known As

Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou
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George Michael has never thought of popular music as a career: it's far more personal - more precious - than that. But he has always taken the long-term view, that ultimately an artist's achievement will not be judged in terms of number one singles, or magazine covers, or…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • George pocketed $3.7 million for performing at a Russian billionaire's New Year's Eve 2006 bash. The businessman paid for Michael to entertain his 300 guests with an hour-long concert. The party took place on his private estate, 32km outside Moscow. George was flown out to the billionaire's mansion with his 20-strong entourage of band and backing singers.

    • George wrote many of his songs while working at a movie theatre when he was a teenager.

    • George's album "Listen Without Prejudice Vol.1" won the Brit Award for British Album in 1991.

    • He won the 1997 Brit Award for British Male Solo Artist.

    • George wrote "Careless Whisper" at the age of 17, but didn't release it until he was 21 years old.

    • He is said to be worth approximately £70 million.

    • His last performance with "Wham!" was on June 1986 at Wembley Stadium.

    • In the past, George has sung duets with such singing legends including Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blidge, Elton John & Whitney Houston.

    • George's height is: 5' 11" (1.80m).

    • In October 2006, George was arrested for possession of drugs. He was taken in by the London police after he blocked traffic at a busy set of lights when he passed out in the driver's seat of his car.
      Update: George will appear before London magistrates on January 11, 2007.
      Source: NW magazine (Aus)

    • After a string of car accidents, Michael has now employed a driver to ferry him around London.

    • George was spotted driving haphazardly in his jeep in London in April 2006. He looked dazed and confused and was spotted falling asleep at the wheel, despite having his car radio on full volume. He crashed into a median strip and knocked over a pole. This is the second driving offence for George in as many months.

  • Quotes

    • George (on his 2008 U.S. tour): I don't want to do anything on this scale again. No more stadiums. I'd like to be the Tony Bennett for my generation. It's the end of a certain era, and I'm not sure how much I really want to be a part of what's next. So, it's a kind of a way of saying thank you to everybody before I move on.

    • George: I hate not to be able to rise above it, but there is only so much you can take. I'm suing the individual involved who I have never, ever seen, let alone wanted to have any kind of sexual encounter with, and I'm currently investigating suing the secondary sources of libel. I am taking legal action against the photographers because they're harassing me and I should not have to worry about who's watching me at 2:30 in the morning.

    • George: I have been doing this on and off since I was a teenager and never once seen violence. If I want to see violence or what I call shameful behaviour, the idea that women in clubs these days have to hold their hand over their drink for fear of being drugged ... Please don't tell me as a member of the straight community that I am taking risks. I know what I do and I am sorry, but we should not be taking questions like this, from straight women in particular ... I do not deserve the criticism. What I don't have respect for is some demand for answers from an openly gay man who is living his own life. I have not cheated or lied about my sex life to anybody in my life, in my entire life.

    • George: It was my own stupid fault. I was in possession of class C drugs which is an offence and I have no complaints about the police, who were professional throughout.

    • George: The trajectory of my particular soap opera with the press launched from that statement Elton (John) made about eighteen months ago when Elton hadn't seen me for years. Elton said he thought I was really miserable for some reason. From that point on I've been trying to prove that I'm not. Unfortunately it made me incredibly vulnerable to the press.

    • George: Even though it's become a really cliched thing to see musicians working for charity, it's still effective and it still has to be done.

    • George: I still believe that music is one of the greatest gifts that God gave to man.

    • George: I do think that Live Aid was a great thing, it focused people, I think it showed young kids the way in many respects and I think a lot of people are still inspired by what happened in the mid-Eighties.