The music world lost British Pop music icon George Michael yesterday on Christmas Day at the young at age of 53. Reportedly the cause of death was heart failure.
George Michael did leave us with the gift of timeless music. The 80’s and 90’s pop icon rose to fame a member of the duo Wham with the smash hit “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go.” In 1987 he released his more mature platinium selling album Faith. He won a Grammy Award in 1988 for “I Knew You Were Waiting (for Me),” a duet with Aretha Franklin, and the Grammy for album of the year for Faith.
Not only was George Michael a great singer, but a excellent song writer, he wrote ballads, like “Careless Whisper” and “Father Figure,” as well as buoyant dance tracks like “Freedom ’90” and “I Want Your Sex.” For much of his career, including his best-selling albums “Faith” and “Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1,” he was also his own producer.
In the 1990’s and early 2000’s he started making more socially conscious and gospel songs and still selling a high number of albums. He released songs protesting the invasion of Iraq, including the 2002 “Shoot the Dog.” His last full studio album, “Patience,” was released in 2004, full of introspective ballads.
“I never minded being thought of as a pop star,” Mr. Michael told GQ in 2004. “People have always thought I wanted to be seen as a serious musician, but I didn’t, I just wanted people to know that I was absolutely serious about pop music.”
DJ Dwit is helping keeping George Michael’s music alive with a very special tribute mix. This hour mix is filled with Michael’s classic hits throughout the years. DJ Dwit’s motto is “Doin’ Whatever It Takes To Keep You Dancin.” You can check out more of his mixes on his mixcloud.
Listen and enjoy the George Micheal Tribute below:
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