We’ve always done cultural profiles on Multi Cultural Cooking Network. With death of George Michael, one of my favorite artists from the 80’s if not all time list, let’s learn a little bit more about him.
His ethnic background is a mix. His given name reflects the Greek ancestry of his father, although his mother’s ancestry is English. George Michael name given at birth Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou. His father is Greek Cyrpiot meaning people of the Island of Cyprus.
George Michael was born in England. At about age 20 George Michael and Andrew Ridgely burst on the scene in the early 80’s with songs like Bad Boys, Wake Me up Before You Go and Careless Whisper. In the 80’s it was just about the music. Videos were also front and center. I think it is pretty safe to say that when the video for the ballad Careless Whisper debut, Wham became superstars especially George Michael who was willing to play the regretful heartbreaker. He said “I’m never going to dance again…” The public now wanted to be he dance partner. And fans had sort of a song and dance with George Michael with hit after through his solo career too.
George Michael left us on Christmas and ironically wrote a song called “Last Christmas”. The artist left us the gift of his music.