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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Remembering George Michael 1963 - 2016

Singer George Michael, who died Sunday at age 53, first became famous as part of the British pop duo, Wham! (with Andrew Ridgeley), who sold more than 25 million records worldwide from 1982 until 1986. He then embarked on a successful solo career and received two Grammy Awards - one for his 1987 #1 duet with Aretha Franklin, "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)", for Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance - Duo or Group and the other for his 1987 debut solo studio album, Faith, for Album of the Year.

Michael came out as gay in a 1999 interview with The Advocate, and below I've selected some videos to celebrate his life and career:

On March 5, 1983, Wham! performed "Young Guns (Go for It)" and "Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do)" from their debut studio album, Fantastic, on American Bandstand.

He and Ridgeley were guests on the British talk show, Wogan, on October 6, 1984.

He wrote and produced "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go", which was the first single released from Wham's second studio album, Make It Big. It became their first American #1 hit in November 1984.

He wrote and produced "Everything She Wants", which became the third #1 hit from Make It Big.

He wrote and produced "Last Christmas", which was released in December 1984 on a double A-side with "Everything She Wants". It later appeared on Wham's third and final studio album, 1986's Music from the Edge of Heaven.

He co-wrote (with Ridgeley) and produced "Careless Whisper", which was his first solo single. It was included on Make It Big and reached #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in February 1985.

He wrote and produced "I'm Your Man", which was released as an isolated single in September 1985. It reached #3 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and an extended mix of the song appeared on Music from the Edge of Heaven.

Wham! won the award for Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group Video Artist at the 13th Annual American Music Awards on January 27, 1986.

His duet with Aretha Franklin, "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)", reached #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in April 1987.

He wrote and produced "Faith" from his 1987 debut solo album of the same name, and it reached #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in December 1987.

He wrote and produced "Kissing a Fool", a 1988 single from Faith that reached #5 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

He was a guest on Late Show with David Letterman on November 9, 1998.

He made a cover version of the 1953 Doris Day song, "Secret Love", for his 1999 album, Songs from the Last Century.

He and Whitney Houston recorded the 2000 duet, "If I Told You That".

On May 26, 2004, he appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show to promote his fifth studio album, Patience.

He appeared as himself in four 2008 episodes of the ABC series, Eli Stone.

In March 2011, he appeared with James Corden in a comedy sketch for the British charity television special, Red Nose Day 2011 (this later inspired Corden's Carpool Karaoke segment on CBS's The Late Late Show).

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