George Michael - Biography (PAL DVD-R)


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Singer, songwriter.  Born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou on June 25th, 1963, in London, England.  One of the leading artists in popular music in the 1980s, George Michael recently returned to the spotlight.  He grew up in and near London where he developed his passion for music at an early age.  While in school, Michael befriended Andrew Ridgeley.  They shared a love of pop music and started playing together.  By some reports, Michael and Ridgeley were an unlikely duo.  Michaels was pudgy and shy while Ridgeley was attractive and outgoing.

Dropping out of high schoo, Michael and Ridgeley started a short-lived band called the Executive.  That band only played a few gigs before it fell apart, but the pair soon found success.  In 1982, they landed a recording contract with Innervision records and became know as Wham! Their first albu, Fantastic!, was released in Britain in 1982, and climbed as high as the number four spot on the charts there.  (It was released in the United States the following year).  With their youthful good looks, Wham! soon developed quite a following among teenage girls.

With their catchy, Motown-influence sound, Wham! lived up to the title of their second album, Make It Big (1984).  They scored their first number one hit in the United States with "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go".  The up-tempo hit "Everything She Wants" and the ballad "Careless Whisper" also reached the top of the U.S. charts.

As the lead vocalist and main songwriter, Michael emerged as the star of the group.  It was not long before he broke out of his own.  He left after the group's 1986 recording, Music from the Edge of Heaven.  While it was not as big of a hit as their earlier efforts, the album still had several popular singles, including "I'm Your Man" and "Where Did Your Heart Go?"

As a solo artist, Michael earned his first Grammy Award for a duet with soul icon Aretha Franklin.  Their single, "I Knew You Were Waiting," won Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1987.  That same year, he made an impressive debut with Faith (1987).  Trying to shed his teen heartthrob image, he went for an edgier look, often sporting a leather jacket and a few dayys' worth of stubble.  Musically, he took a funkier direction as well with the album.  Driven in part by the number one title track, the recording reached the top of the album charts.  Other his included "Father Figure", "Monkey" and "One More Try".

Michael also stirred up a lot of controversy through another track on the album - "I Want Your Sex".  Some radio stations in the United States refused to play it because it's explicit content, while others would only play it late at night for the same reason.  Despite these protests, the recording ended up selling more than 7 million copies and won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1988.

Quality: Very good quality, about 8.5-8.75 using our website Quality Rating Table.
Running Time: 45 minutes.
Format: 1 PAL DVD-R disc.
Special Price: $13.00