GEORGE MICHAEL R.I.P. 1963-2016

December 26, 2016 – 7:20 am



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GEORGE MICHAEL R.I.P. 1963-2016

Singer George Michael has died of heart failure on December 25, 2016. He was 53. The star, who launched his career with Wham! in the 1980s and later continued his success as a solo performer, is said to have “passed away peacefully at home”. UK Thames Valley Police said South Central Ambulance Service attended a property in Goring in Oxfordshire at 13:42 GMT. Police say there were no suspicious circumstances. Michael, who was born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou in north London, sold more than 100m albums throughout a career spanning almost four decades. He first found fame with his schoolfriend Andrew Ridgeley in the duo Wham! before going on to release solo albums, including the multi-million selling Faith and Listen Without Prejudice Vol 1. Among hits such as Careless Whisper, Young Guns and Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go, Wham! Last Christmas is now considered a Yuletide favourite.

In a statement, the star’s publicist said: “It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved son, brother and friend George passed away peacefully at home over the Christmas period. The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage.” In 2011, Michael postponed a series of concerts after being taken to hospital for treatment for pneumonia. After treatment in a Vienna hospital, he made a tearful appearance outside his London home and said it had been “touch and go” whether he lived. Doctors were said to have performed a tracheotomy to keep his airways open and he was unconscious for some of his spell in hospital. - BBC

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GEORGE MICHAEL
Paris 1988 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Palais des Sports, Paris, France; May 31, 1988. Very good soundboard.

Thanks to TheRipper75 for sharing the show at Dime.

Notes:

This is truly one of the very best George Michael bootlegs to ever surface. This was recorded during the height of his commericial success, on the wildly successful Faith Tour. George is at the very top of his game vocally, even hitting the high notes in “One More Try” with ease. “Hard Day” comes off much better here than it does on record, making for an excellent lead-off track. The Stevie Wonder cover, “Love’s In Need Of Love Today” is a song that suits George’s voice perfectly and he really shines on it. The hit duet with Aretha Franklin, “I Knew You We’re Waiting” is performed solo here, and you really don’t miss Aretha, George nails it on his own. “Careless Whisper” is milked to the extreme, with an extended saxaphone solo that really takes this epic to the next level. Deon Estus, bass player and backround vocalist is a standout on this recording, laying down a solid groove throughout the show. The 1996 unplugged shows are excellent, but this recording, with a full band is very, very special.

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Track 01. Hard Day 4:47 (11.5MB)
Track 02. Everything She Wants 8:29 (20.4MB)
Track 03. I’m Your Man 6:09 (14.8MB)
Track 04. A Different Corner 5:37 (13.5MB)
Track 05. Love’s In Need Of Love Today 4:36 (11.0MB)
Track 06. Father Figure 5:53 (14.1MB)
Track 07. One More Try 6:36 (15.9MB)
Track 08. I Knew You Were Waiting For Me 4:24 (10.6MB)
Track 09. Careless Whisper 7:36 (18.3MB)
Track 10. Lady Marmalade 6:43 (16.1MB)
Track 11. I Want Your Sex 11:13 (26.9MB)
73 mins

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  1. 16 Responses to “GEORGE MICHAEL R.I.P. 1963-2016”

  2. OF COURSE WE HAD TO LOSE ANOTHER AETIST BEFORE THE YEAR WAS OVER DIDNT WE ? 2016 IS THE WORST YEAR I CAN REMEMBER FOR ARTISTS DIEING,RIP GEORGE MICHAEL

    By COREY M on Dec 26, 2016

  3. not really a fan of his music,dont know much about him but still very sad 53 is way to young to go

    By GW on Dec 26, 2016

  4. Harry Reems will be crying himself to sleep for weeks.

    By John C. Holmes on Dec 26, 2016

  5. You classless asshole , this is not the place or post for your bullshit , this just proves that most people are jerks

    By Tom on Dec 26, 2016

  6. I’m surprised that Rick Parfitt’s passing hasn’t got a mention here…I’m presuming it’s that Status Quo weren’t big in ROIO land.

    By Kong on Dec 26, 2016

  7. Don’t worry, you’re wrong Kong, the Big O issued a tribute straight away - it’s just that it is listed as a ‘re-up’ http://bigozine2.com/roio/?p=2022

    By Hip O'Crete on Dec 26, 2016

  8. Sad to see him leave us so young. Harder to imagine three of the 1980s biggest stars: Michael Jackson, Prince, and George Michael - have all gone. (Four if you count David Bowie but he peaked creatively in the 1970s). The hate I am reading on comment boards regarding his lifestyle is saddening. Best to remember George Michael for his exceptional voice and talent, especially in the early days of MTV when he was one of its biggest stars.

    By Tony on Dec 26, 2016

  9. R.I.P. George Michael

    Back when I was about 15 I always sang “Careless Whisper” at Karaoke.

    Of course I don’t go to Karaoke anymore after I picked up the guitar…

    By JDDPro on Dec 26, 2016

  10. RIP George…. All my youth. This 2016 year is a whore bitch, after Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen we are losing another major artist… Gutted, man…

    By Marie-Christine on Dec 26, 2016

  11. Ditto to what Corey M. said. Personally, I think 2016 can’t get over soon enough!

    By fr in sc on Dec 26, 2016

  12. That was really his last christmas.

    By Dick HEAD on Dec 27, 2016

  13. “Personally, I think 2016 can’t get over soon enough!”

    How do you know 2017 will be better ? You can never say

    By Dick HEAD on Dec 27, 2016

  14. All of the above X 10!

    By Martin Whittle on Dec 27, 2016

  15. What an incredible voice, one of the best ever. They say he was truly a nice person. Very Elvis like, he would do things for people to help them out, anonymously. R.I.P., George, the world will most certainly miss you.

    By Mr. Jimmy on Dec 31, 2016

  16. Thank you for this, singers like GM don’t come around often…

    By Phil Donahue on Jan 1, 2017

  17. thank you BigO- what a phenomenal show and performance. Not only did he sing all of these songs, he wrote them. Definitely one of a kind, super gifted guy. Thanks again, great post

    By music from the edge of heaven on Jan 8, 2017

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