June 25, 1963 in East Finchley
December 25, 2016
London, England, United Kingdom
Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou (/ˈhjɒrhjoʊs/ /ˌkɪrjɑːkoʊs/ /ˌpɑːnɑːjoʊtuː/; 25 June 1963 – 25 December 2016), known professionally as George Michael, was an English singer, songwriter, record producer, and philanthropist who rose to fame as a member of the music duo Wham! He was best known for his work in the 1980s and 1990s, including hit singles such as "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" and "Last Christmas", and albums such as Faith (1987) and Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 (1990). Up to the time of his death, Michael sold more than 115 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time.