The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage.”
Like many of you, I grew up listening to Wham!, and their ‘Last Christmas’ song is a staple on radio for many years around this time of the year.
My very first cassette I ever bought was for George Michael’s solo album Listen Without Prejudice Vol 1 (there was never a volume 2), purchased for $7.99 at the Wherehouse Record Store in Fresno. I no longer own the tape, but I used to listen to it all the time, particularly for Side A, which included ‘Playing For Time’ and ‘Freedom! ‘90’.
The record didn’t do that well against his solo debut Faith, which had two massive hit songs ‘Faith’ and the overly sexual ‘I Want Your Sex’. Although the sex thing sold, Michael did somewhat regret it, later addressing it in ‘Freedom! ‘90’ with the lyrics, “Posing for another picture, everybody's got to sell. But when you shake your ass they notice fast. Some mistakes were built to last.”
Needless to say, George Michael, you will be missed.
Below are more deaths for the month of December - for the full death list: Musicians who died in 2016.