London's Georgios Kyriacos Panagi˛tou, aka George Michael,
started his career in music as a DJ playing local clubs and school
events. His first band was The Executive, which he formed with his
schoolmate and friend, Andrew Ridgeley. By 1981, however, Ridgeley
and Michael were well on their way with their band Wham!
Wham! was a huge success in the early to mid 1980's.
They produced many hit songs, such as "Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do)",
"Young Guns (For for It!)", "Club Tropicana", "Wake Me Up Before You
Go-Go", "Freedom", "Everything She Wants", and "The Edge of Heaven".
It was during this time that George Michael began releasing a few solo
hits, such as "Careless Whisper", "A Different Corner", and of course
the Band Aid song "Do They Know It's Christmas?" Tensions where
high, and by 1986, Wham! was done and Michael was officially a solo
George Michael's first release as a 100% solo artist was
1987's "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" with Aretha Franklin.
This same year he released his first solo album,
Faith. This album featured several hit songs, including
the controversial "I Want Your Sex", the video of which even MTV would
only play late at night. Some of you may remember that a toned
down version of the song, titled "I Want Your Love", was spun on some
stations. Other hit songs from this album included the title
track, "Faith", and the songs "Father Figure", "Kissing a Fool", "One
More Try", and "Monkey".
By the 1990's, Michael was tired of the promotional
nature of the music business, and he decided that future releases would
not include music videos or other types of promotional stunts. The
hits certainly did not stop. Some 90's hit songs you may remember
include "Praying for Time", "Freedom! '90", "Don't Let the Sun Go Down
on Me" with Elton John, "Too Funky", "Somebody to Love" with Queen,
"Jesus to a Child", "Fastlove", "Spinning the Wheel", and many more.
At the time of this writing in mid 2013, George Michael
was still active. The George Michael Discography (as a solo
artist) is as follows:1987: Faith
1990: Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1
1993: Five Live EP
1996: Songs from the Last Century
1998: Ladies and Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael
2006: Twenty Five