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Subject: Today in George Michael (and Wham!) History

Written By: Philip Eno on 12/31/16 at 1:25 am

December 31st 2006, George Michael was paid a reported £1.5m for an hour's concert at a Russian billionaire's New Year party. The unnamed businessman paid for Michael to entertain his 300 guests on his private estate 20 miles outside Moscow. Michael had just finished the British leg of his Twentyfive tour which included a free concert for nurses in London.

Subject: Re: Today in George Michael (and Wham!) History

Written By: Philip Eno on 07/04/17 at 4:02 am

July 4th 2010, George Michael was arrested after he crashed his car into the front of a Snappy Snaps store in Hampstead, North London. The singer was returning home from a Gay Pride parade when the incident was spotted on CCTV. He was arrested on suspicion of being unfit to drive and charged with possession of cannabis and with driving while unfit through drink or drugs.

Subject: Re: Today in George Michael (and Wham!) History

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/14/17 at 10:49 am

August 14th 2009, George Michael was arrested and held on suspicion of driving under the influence of drink or drugs after his Land Rover was in collision with a lorry on the A34 in Berkshire. The singer was later released without charge.

Subject: Re: Today in George Michael (and Wham!) History

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/18/17 at 3:32 am

August 18th 1984, George Michael was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his first solo single 'Careless Whisper.' It made George the first person to reach No.1 as a solo artist and a member of a band in the same year. It gave Epic records UK their first UK million seller and the song was No.1 in nearly 25 countries, selling over six million copies worldwide.

Subject: Re: Today in George Michael (and Wham!) History

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/24/17 at 5:03 pm

August 24th 2010, George Michael pleaded guilty at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court in London to driving under the influence of drugs. The singer had been arrested in July when he was returning home from the London Gay Pride parade and crashed his car into the front of a Snappy Snaps store in Hampstead, North London.

Subject: Re: Today in George Michael (and Wham!) History

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/13/17 at 12:13 pm

September 13th 1999 - Marcelo Rodriguez, a Beverly Hills police officer, filed a multi-million dollar slander lawsuit against George Michael. The suit alleged that the singer had committed slander in the song and video for "Outside." Rodriguez had arrested Michael on charges of lewd behavior in a public park on April 7, 1998.

Subject: Re: Today in George Michael (and Wham!) History

Written By: violet_shy on 09/13/17 at 2:24 pm


August 18th 1984, George Michael was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his first solo single 'Careless Whisper.' It made George the first person to reach No.1 as a solo artist and a member of a band in the same year. It gave Epic records UK their first UK million seller and the song was No.1 in nearly 25 countries, selling over six million copies worldwide.



It is a perfectly, beautiful track. This song was always playing at our house growing up and 33 years later it still is!

Subject: Re: Today in George Michael (and Wham!) History

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/13/17 at 2:25 pm



It is a perfectly, beautiful track. This song was always playing at our house growing up and 33 years later it still is!
It is that saxophone that does wonderful for me.

Subject: Re: Today in George Michael (and Wham!) History

Written By: nally on 09/13/17 at 2:25 pm



It is a perfectly, beautiful track. This song was always playing at our house growing up and 33 years later it still is!

I actually seem to remember hearing it during the time it was popular! (Of course I was 4 at the time, but I do have memories of various songs that were on the radio.)

I like to listen to all 6+ minutes of it, personally (including the minute-and-a-half intro that plays before the sax).

Subject: Re: Today in George Michael (and Wham!) History

Written By: Philip Eno on 11/03/17 at 8:11 am

November 3rd 2015, A former prison officer was jailed for 12 months after admitting selling stories about George Michael to the Sun newspaper for £2,150, ($3,249). Michael was jailed for eight weeks in September 2010 for crashing his Range Rover while under the influence of cannabis.

Subject: Re: Today in George Michael (and Wham!) History

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/25/20 at 3:30 pm

February 25th 2006, George Michael was found slumped over in a car in Hyde Park, London. A concerned person spotted the singer and called police who after being checked by paramedics was arrested on suspicion of possessing drugs and then released on bail. Michael made a public statement about the incident and said "I was in possession of class C drugs which is an offense and I have no complaints about the police who were professional throughout." He also said that the event was "my own stupid fault, as usual."

Subject: Re: Today in George Michael (and Wham!) History

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/27/20 at 3:55 pm

February 27th 1988, George Michael scored his sixth No.1 US single with 'Father Figure' a No. 11 hit in the UK - the first time Michael had failed to reach the top ten in his home country.

Subject: Re: Today in George Michael (and Wham!) History

Written By: Philip Eno on 04/18/20 at 3:51 pm

April 18th 1987, Aretha Franklin and George Michael started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'I Knew You Were Waiting' also a No.1 in the UK. Aretha Franklin set a record for the artist with the longest gap between US No.1 singles, it had been 19 years, 10 months from her last hit 'Respect' in June 1967.

Subject: Re: Today in George Michael (and Wham!) History

Written By: whistledog on 04/18/20 at 9:21 pm


August 18th 1984, George Michael was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his first solo single 'Careless Whisper.' It made George the first person to reach No.1 as a solo artist and a member of a band in the same year. It gave Epic records UK their first UK million seller and the song was No.1 in nearly 25 countries, selling over six million copies worldwide.


In the US and Canada, it was credited as Wham! featuring George Michael.  Still quite unusual though as the song was co-written by Andrew.  George's first official solo single in North America was 'A Different Corner', which strangely also was on a Wham! album

Subject: Re: Today in George Michael (and Wham!) History

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/11/20 at 4:00 pm

April 18th 2006, George Michael was involved in his second minor car crash in a month after a tabloid photographer found Michael asleep in his parked car in central London. The singer crashed into a bollard after he woke up and was driving away.

Subject: Re: Today in George Michael (and Wham!) History

Written By: Philip Eno on 06/02/20 at 11:02 am

June 2nd 1984, Wham! had their first UK No.1 with 'Wake Me Up Before You Go Go.' Written and produced by George Michael, one half of the duo. Inspiration for the song was a scribbled note left by his Wham! partner Andrew Ridgeley for Andrew's parents, originally intended to read "wake me up before you go" but with "up" accidentally written twice, so Ridgeley wrote "go" twice on purpose.

Subject: Re: Today in George Michael (and Wham!) History

Written By: Philip Eno on 06/04/20 at 2:53 pm

June 4th 2002, George Michael was jeered and heckled by the audience of a CNN news show as he took part in a phone interview. George was defending the content of the video to his new single 'Shoot The Dog' in which US President George Bush was shown in bed with UK Prime Minister Tony Blair. George said this was an attack on Blair and not President Bush.

Subject: Re: Today in George Michael (and Wham!) History

Written By: Philip Eno on 06/08/20 at 10:27 am

June 8th 2007, George Michael was sentenced to 100 hours of community service and banned from driving for two years at Brent Magistrates court, north London. The 43-year-old who was arrested last October after being found slumped at the steering wheel of his car pleaded guilty to driving while unfit, blaming "tiredness and prescribed drugs" for the offence.

Subject: Re: Today in George Michael (and Wham!) History

Written By: Philip Eno on 06/09/20 at 1:25 am

June 9th 2007, George Michael became the first music artist to perform at the new Wembley Stadium in London when he played the first of two shows at the venue during his '25 Live Tour'.

Subject: Re: Today in George Michael (and Wham!) History

Written By: Philip Eno on 06/21/20 at 11:45 pm

June 21st 1994, George Michael lost his lawsuit against Sony Records. Michael claimed that his 15-year contract with Sony was unfair because the company could refuse to release albums it thought wouldn't be commercially successful. Michael vowed he would never record for Sony again. He re-signed with the company in 2003.

Subject: Re: Today in George Michael (and Wham!) History

Written By: Philip Eno on 06/23/20 at 8:33 am

June 23rd 1989, George Michael received the Silver Clef Award for outstanding achievements to British Music.

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