George Michael’s death was announced on Christmas Day.
He was a talented singer, songwriter and music producer and one of the world’s biggest-selling artists.
His stage presence, good looks and fantastic voice made him a fans’ favourite as he matured from teen idol to worldwide superstar.
After early success in the duo Wham! with Andrew Ridgeley he went on to build a solo career that brought him a string of awards and made him a multi-millionaire.
Michael was very much the front man – Careless Whisper was more or less his own solo effort – and went on to have success of his own when Wham! split in 1986.
His first single was a duet with another musical icon, Aretha Franklin, with I Knew You Were Waiting For Me.
He went on to release such classics as Faith, Jesus To A Child, Freedom ’90 and Fastlove.
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