Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou ( / ˈ h j ɒr h j oʊ s / / ˌ k ɪ r j ɑː s oʊ s / / ˌ p ɑː n ɑː j oʊ t uː / ; 25 June 1963 – 25 December 2016), known professionally as George Michael , was an English singer, songwriter, record producer, and philanthropist who rose to fame as a member of the music duo Wham! He was best known for his work in the 1980s and 1990s, including hit singles such as " Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go " and " Last Christmas ", and albums such as Faith (1987) and Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 (1990).
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George Michael (March 24, 1939 – December 24, 2009)  was an American broadcaster best known nationally for The George Michael Sports Machine , his long-running sports highlights television program. Originally named George Michael's Sports Final when it began as a local show in Washington, D.C., in 1980, it was nationally syndicated by NBC from 1984 until its final installment was aired on March 25, 2007. Michael won a Sports Emmy in 1985 for his work on The George Michael Sports Machine .Wiki info
Older was particularly notable for the release of its six singles. Each of them reached the UK top 3, a record for the most singles in the British top 3 released from a single album. At the time of release of the album's fifth single, "Star People '97", chart specialist James Masterton noted Michael's success on the singles charts, writing: "George Michael nonetheless makes an impressive Top 3 entry with this single. The Older album has now proved itself to be far and away his most commercially successful recording ever. Five singles now lifted and every single one has been a Top 3 hit. Compare this with the two Top 3 hits produced by Faith and Listen Without Prejudice's scant total of one Top Tenner and one single which missed the Top 40 altogether. This sustained single success has been achieved with a little help from marketing tricks such as remixes – or in this case a new recording of the album track which gives it a much-needed transformation into a deserved commercial smash. "
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