All Time Great Vocalists – George Michael.
At Bespoke, we love George Michael. He was a truly talented performer, a silent activist and a seemingly all round good guy. This Blog post is dedicated to his memory.
George Michael was born in London, England, on June 25, 1963. As a teenager, he formed the band Wham! with high school friend Andrew Ridgeley. In 1984, the duo had their first worldwide hit with “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go.” Two years later, Michael went solo, releasing a hit debut album Faith, which has sold more than 25 million copies worldwide. In 1998, Michael announced that he was gay after being arrested for lewd conduct in a public restroom. Michael continued to perform and his career had a reboot in the mid-2000s with the release of his greatest hits album Twenty Five. He continued to tour and donated much of his time and wealth to charity. Michael died of heart and liver disease on December 25, 2016 in his home in England at the age of 53.
Secret Charity Work:
“George Michael was a hugely generous philanthropist who kept secret his considerable charitable donations, it has emerged. The star donated royalties from some of his biggest selling singles and is said to have given a gameshow contestant thousands of pounds to fund her IVF treatment. In the hours after the singer’s death was announced, TV presenter Richard Osman revealed that Michael had called a woman who appeared on Deal or No Deal to give her the money she needed for IVF treatment. Osman tweeted: “A woman on ‘Deal Or No Deal’ told us she needed £15k for IVF treatment. George Michael secretly phoned the next day and gave her the £15k.
He has also helped numerous children with donations to Childline and also supported other organisations including the Terrence Higgins Trust and Macmillan Cancer Support.
Childline founder and president Dame Esther Rantzen revealed that Michael had given the royalties from his 1996 number one single Jesus To A Child to the charity.
She added that he gave “millions”, and helped hundreds of thousands of children through Childline. Michael, who spoke about losing his partner Anselmo Feleppa to HIV, “personally supported” the Terrence Higgins Trust for “many years”, Jane Barron from the charity said.
She added: “Along with other charities, we were grateful to benefit from the royalties of George’s 1991 duet with Elton John, Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me.
“His donations contributed to a vision of a world where people living with HIV live healthy lives free from prejudice and discrimination.”
To finish this post Bespoke would like to thank George Michael for being unapologetically him, and paving the way so publically for the LGBTQ community. We won’t let the sun go down on him.
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