George Michael

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 2012 (The 2013 Induction Ceremony)

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Faith (1987)

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Careless Whisper (1984)
Faith (1987)
Father Figure (1987)
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Will George Michael be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
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Oh please no... please God no...

Popularity alone does not earn you a spot.

Posted by lightninli on Sunday, 01.7.07 @ 00:51am


No, but it could help a lot. A popular artist has a bigger chance of being influential, especially if he's popular for a long period of time. George Michael has been a dominant force in music throughout the eighties and nineties. Whether you like it or not, i'm positive he will be inducted.

Posted by The_Claw on Monday, 04.23.07 @ 05:30am


I doubt that he'll make the hall, but it's nice that he now has a TV job!

Posted by Joe on Wednesday, 01.16.08 @ 19:56pm


He is so HOT !

Posted by tina on Wednesday, 10.15.08 @ 17:08pm


Right. Cuz the way he looks has "everything" to do with whether he should go in or not.

Posted by Keebord on Wednesday, 10.15.08 @ 20:06pm


George Michael is not a hall of famer. He's a punchline for jokes about bad music.

He makes Rod Stewart sound interesting.

Posted by Ralph Wiggham on Tuesday, 03.24.09 @ 11:06am


I wish he would be, but I doubt it. Although I have read from critics who believe that the success of Faith alone could put him in.

Posted by Harry on Saturday, 06.27.09 @ 22:55pm


I'd say if anyone has LESS than no chance, it would be Michael. How does the success of "Faith" alone warrant induction...were these critics president of his fan club or something?

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 06.28.09 @ 08:39am


While George Michael isn't Rock per se, he is definitely a great vocalist in the general rock and roll vein. I only think that he should be inducted after real rock vocalists Anne Wilson and Steve Perry. Then, maybe...

Posted by Gabatxo on Friday, 07.3.09 @ 02:01am


He is a great singer (seriously, at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert, he did a fantastic job performing with the rest of Queen.) I do think Faith is a fine album, as is Listening With Prejudice, Vol. 1 and Older is as well. However, none of those albums broke any new ground, and I don't think he's all that influential, so no he shouldn't go in. Plus, his restroom incidents might've been a real turn-off to whoever was still interested in the U.S. It would be quite sad if he went in before Deep Purple, T. Rex, Judas Priest or any of his other more worthy countrymen.

Posted by Sam on Sunday, 02.14.10 @ 19:47pm


He should be inducted with no questions asked!!! He has been and continues to be a huge force in music. His success with Wham and as a solo artist is phenomenoal - he sold over 100 million records as a solo singer ( with only 5 albums - and 2 greatest hits package) - i defy you to find a more rcognisable name in pop than George Michael - Please remember the world is not only USA!!! Gorge is still uber A list around Europ and Asian - recently he toured austrlia to bigger crowds then Whitney - and where whitney got slagged off - George Michael was welcomed by critics and public.

Posted by sam on Sunday, 07.4.10 @ 09:20am


Wrong, actually. I like him too, and I'm aware he's still big outside the US (though he's not as big in the UK anymore, even though he's still an A-lister there), but sales alone don't determine a spot. Sorry.

Sincerely,

The Real Sam

Posted by Sam on Sunday, 07.11.10 @ 16:37pm


This would be a travesty. They might as well throw Michael Bolton in there too

Posted by Dan on Sunday, 08.1.10 @ 15:56pm


do you know the song by george michael that tunes like purple rain?

Posted by anita on Thursday, 08.19.10 @ 04:42am


Well, considering that other genres than rock have been inducted, I say George Michael should be inducted. With Wham he was tour de force big, but imo his true soul came out in the solo career. If people seriously think he's a bad artist they never listened to him sing (one of the best voices of all time) or have only heard his Wham songs (his solo singles are tremendous, essential stuff). George Michael, live, can go head to head with any other vocalist (and outshine them too),....dare I say, he's got a better voice than Freddy Mercury. The reason why "the rock" crowd doesn't want to include GM in their broad genre (while many other pop stars are considered as rock icons) is either because of homophobia or because he had pop roots with Wham, but his solo stuff alone is easy entry in the Hall of Fame (Faith is a more complete album than Thriller, every song could be a single and is excellent), and the rest of his albums are all soul/jazz/pop classics. IMO the most under-appreciated artist of all time. I really hope the HOF comes to their senses with a fully deserved induction of George Michael.

Posted by Viktor on Friday, 10.15.10 @ 17:45pm


"),....dare I say, he's got a better voice than Freddy Mercury."

Careful now. Those are some fighting words.

"The reason why 'the rock' crowd doesn't want to include GM in their broad genre (while many other pop stars are considered as rock icons) is either because of homophobia or because he had pop roots with Wham"

That might be true for some people, but not on the whole: I'm from the UK, part of the "rock" crowd, bi-sexual and I own the first three GM albums (as well as the "Five Live EP", his appearance with Queen at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert; if you don't own that I reccomend it,) and I'm not sure whether he should be inducted. He is very talented, I'm just not sure whether he's changed music to justify it. I'll have to check on his influence. My answer for now? Definitely Maybe.

Posted by Sam on Sunday, 10.24.10 @ 06:42am


It's not due to homophobia, or else Freddie Mercury wouldn't be given the repsect he has now.

Posted by GFW on Monday, 11.29.10 @ 15:35pm


A real wild card IMO. I could easily see the Hall tossing him aside given their track record towards 80s pop. However considering how he is critically respected enough (compared to say Duran Duran) and actually has a discography of well-liked and enduring hits, its possible the hall could use him as a token representative of 80s pop besides Madonna.

Do I think he should get in? Its a tough one. I actually lean yes, but there are good arguments against. He did influence Robbie Williams, and his dance pop/R&B sound best heard in Faith has definitely been ripped off a million times over in today's modern pop scene. However the discography there is slim and if you're going to be relatively skimpy with your album releases you better have had a large impact. Michael definitely did with Faith, but after that it's much more disputed, he did torpedo his own popularity with Listen Without Prejudice and Older. Regardless, I think there's enough of a case there for the Hall to potentially get away with it.

Posted by Jim on Tuesday, 01.18.11 @ 15:40pm


It's interesting, Jim. Around the time Listen Without Prejudice (another great pop album) was released, he sued Sony and lost, and that took away a great deal of his time and momentum. He also decided not to tour on it, and then didn't come out with anything for six years. Perhaps he should get in, maybe not. A toss-up, really.

Posted by Sam on Tuesday, 01.18.11 @ 16:37pm


Although I like him, I do think his head got too big on that one. I like Listen Without Prejudice, but he was trying a bit too hard to be taken seriously. If he had done what the smart thing and gone through with the more upbeat Listen Without Prejudice Vol 2. afterwards rather than scrap it I think he really could've pulled it off and gotten the respect he's wanted for so long. I do think he isn't given enough credit for being influential though. Listen to something from Justin Timberlake or even Maroon 5 and you can hear the George Michael sound. Like you said, I think its the fact that he stifled his own growth (as well as the bad press from the gay incident in the late 90s IMO) thats caused him to be somewhat ignored as an influence.

Posted by Jim on Tuesday, 01.18.11 @ 17:01pm


I'll be surprised if he's ever inducted (solo or with Wham!)

Personally, I say 'no'.

Posted by Paul in KY on Wednesday, 01.19.11 @ 06:24am


He won't get in because he sued SONY!

Posted by Loop on Thursday, 01.20.11 @ 04:49am


Nominated for the 2011 Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 01.20.11 @ 06:09am


"Nominated for the 2011 Songwriters Hall of Fame."

Cool. I think that's something that gets overlooked; he's not like your typical pop performer. He's written most of his own songs, played most of the instruments on the albums and has a huge hand in the production.

"Like you said, I think its the fact that he stifled his own growth (as well as the bad press from the gay incident in the late 90s IMO) thats caused him to be somewhat ignored as an influence."

Plus being a pothead. Older was good, but it came out way too late, in '96. It was a success in the UK (his biggest over here, actually, which is a surprise, continuing to be a success at the heights of Britpop), but it stiffed in the US, only going Platinum. Hmmm... and that was the year the Spice Girls and the Backstreet Boys broke out... yeah.

Sorry dude, probably not. Maybe if they do another UK Music Hall of Fame you can have that, since he was nominated for the first one. He did sell 19.5 million records in the US, but 12 million of those were from Faith.

Posted by Sam on Tuesday, 01.25.11 @ 09:13am


Throw in Wham and I'd say he has a chance, not a lrage one, but a chance.

Posted by GFW on Thursday, 02.24.11 @ 08:14am


I WANT YOUR SEX
That song is awesome in a odd way. But as for George, he can make some pretty good tunes that are catchy/guilty pleasure.

Posted by crunchypete.com on Thursday, 03.10.11 @ 23:57pm


This won't help his case at all

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=om-IfoFd8fs

Arghhh... a classic song ruined by Auto Tune. Still, some royalties for Manchester's finest electronic perpetuators is never a bad thing.

Posted by Sam on Saturday, 03.12.11 @ 05:45am


Beastie Boys have been nominated for 2012. I love them so I am not hatin but George Michael definately deserves this honor. He has been around for nearly 30 years and has a huge fan base. He has had many musical accomplishments in his lifetime that need to be recognized and people need to leave his personal life alone!

Posted by Kim on Tuesday, 09.27.11 @ 19:23pm


Michael was a brilliant songwriter at an early age (19-25) who unfortunately go too caught up in the pressures of fame. he certainly isn't the first HOF member, won't be the last to do so. His personal battles and his battles with his label derailed him after 1990. It's a shame his recorded output dwindled after that.

Fact is, he wrote one of the biggest albums of the 1980s, and he would not be the first Hall of Fame inductee to be honored on the strength of one major album.

Is he first ballot? Debatable. Is he worthy of the eventual honor. Absolutely.

Posted by Richard on Friday, 09.30.11 @ 00:34am


I've been listening to George Michael since about 13 years old.. I'm 40 now. His voice (my opinion) tops Freddie Mercury.. he's bigger than the Beatles (to me).. his songwriting is pure inspiration. Listen Without Prejudice is without a doubt larger than Faith.. the time period it was released had impact as well.. Gulf War.. Recession?? Sales alone should not be a reason for being inducted but also impact on other artists.. fans.. the world!! He is the most diverse, contraversial and played artist over the radio for more than 25 years.. that alone should say something!! How many weddings, parties, banguets, funerals has his music played at.. I'm sure it's a phenomenal number.. I think he should and will be inducted..

Posted by LP on Monday, 12.5.11 @ 03:40am


What if the Rock Hall nominates and inducts Wham! and George Michael one time as Wham!/George Michael? Do you think they will do it? Would you be okay with that?

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 01.10.12 @ 14:30pm


I think George warrants nomination on his own merit (without Wham!).

Posted by Mike on Tuesday, 01.10.12 @ 16:20pm


STUDIO ALBUMS

WHAM!

01. 1983 Fantastic
02. 1984 Make It Big
03. 1986 Music From The Edge Of Heaven

GEORGE MICHAEL

01. 1987 Faith
02. 1990 Listen Without Prejudice
03. 1996 Older
04. 1999 Songs From The Last Century
05. 2004 Patience

As you can see, Wham! produced 3 studio albums worth of original material, while George Michael produced 5 studio albums, 4 with original material. So it's 3 for Wham! and 5 for George Michael. Not that much difference. George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley should get back together and produce another album or two as WHAM!

Like Parliament/Funkadelic, The Small Faces/The Faces, and Joy Division/New Order, a case can be made for Wham!/George Michael, and that's where joint inductions should stop.

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 01.26.12 @ 10:43am


George Michael sued SONY. Will that hurt his chances of ever being inducted?

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 01.26.12 @ 10:48am


JOINT INDUCTIONS: What Was/What Should Have Been/And What Will Be

01. 1996 - Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship
02. 1997 - The (Young) Rascals
03. 1997 - Parliament/Funkadelic
04. 2012 - The Small Faces/The Faces
05. 20?? - Joy Division/New Order
06. 20?? - Wham!/George Michael

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 01.28.12 @ 06:38am


There is no chance of a joint induction of Wham!/George Michael. The only way I figure is George Michael getting in on his own only and no joint induction with Wham!. Besides I wouldn't put Wham! in with George Michael's solo career anyway

Posted by Greg F on Sunday, 01.29.12 @ 01:09am


Wings and The Plastic Ono Band were not continuations of The Beatles, nor were they producing albums at the same time as The Beatles, nor did they have all or most of the same members. Jefferson Starship was a continuation of Jefferson Airplane. New Order was a continuation of Joy Division after Ian Curtis died. Parliament and Funkadelic had all the same members producing albums under two different names at the same time. George Michael was a great songwriter. The songs he wrote as a member of Wham! are classics. Songs like Bad Boys, Young Guns, Wham Rap, I'm Your Man, Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go, Careless Whispers, Everything She Wants, Freedom, Last Christmas. If the Rock Hall inducts George Michael solo, they are leaving out all that great material he produced with Wham!, which is where his career started. The right thing to do would be to nominate and induct him for his entire career as Wham!/George Michael, not so much for Andrew Ridgeley's sake, but for George Michael's sake. George Michael's solo career was equally successful to his career with Wham! If ABBA and CHIC can be inducted, WHAM! can too! Plus, comparing Wham! and George Michael to Simon and Garfukel and Paul Simon solo would not be an appropriate comparison. Paul Simon was inducted twice, but I wouldn't induct George Michael twice. I can see the Rock Hall nominating and inducting him under Wham!/George Michael for his entire body of work. It will happen!

I wouldn't have joint inductions for Cream/The Yardbirds because Eric Clapton was in both. That would be ridiculous. They were all inducted separately as you know, and one was not a direct continuation of the other. I also wouldn't induct Traffic/Blind Faith/The Spencer Davis Group as one just because Steve Winwood was in all of them.

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 01.29.12 @ 07:02am


Wham!/George Michael

Bad Boys * Young Guns * Wham Rap * I'm Your Man * Freedom * Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go * Everything She Wants * Careless Whisper * Last Christmas * The Edge Of Heaven * A Different Corner * I Knew You Were Waiting For Me * Faith * Father Figure * I Want Your Sex * Monkey * One More Try * Kissing A Fool * Praying For Time * Freedom * Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me * Too Funky * Fastlove * Jesus To A Child

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 01.29.12 @ 21:47pm


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RaMkpJGOz8

1985 Elton John and George Michael - Wrap Her Up

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 01.29.12 @ 22:20pm


After what happened in that bathroom I am absolutely sickened that anybody would consider honoring this deranged individual.

Posted by Evangelist on Monday, 01.30.12 @ 00:58am


The reality is that if the committee were to nominate George Michael is that it will be for his solo career alone. I'm not sure how regarded Wham!'s career was by the critics or how the committee would regard Wham!'s career to do a joint nomination with George Michael's solo career. I just that it's likely that a solo induction for him would be more likely. There's a slim chance of a joint nomination of Wham!/George Michael happening. It depend how the committee views on how to nominate him and that's if they even consider nominating him at all when the time comes.

Posted by Greg F on Monday, 01.30.12 @ 02:07am


GTFO Evangelist you neanderthal turd.

Posted by GFW on Monday, 01.30.12 @ 12:02pm


Ok, GFW (I hope that means God Fearing Woman)
enlighten us on the virtues of homosexuality, endangering innocent people's lives by driving under the influence, lying, and other assorted perversions that George Michael has engaged in over the years.

Posted by Evangelist on Monday, 01.30.12 @ 12:39pm


shit, forgot you were a troll.

Posted by GFW on Monday, 01.30.12 @ 14:26pm


http://songhall.org/vote/entry/1275

George Michael is nominated for The 2012 Songwriters Hall Of Fame

George Michael

George Michael burst on the scene in 1984 when he hit No. 1 with “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go,” the first of his three consecutive chart-toppers as the singer and songwriter of Wham! His success only grew when he went solo, topping the charts again and again with hits like “Faith” and “One More Try.” With over 100 million records sold, he has been cited in England as the most played artist on radio between 1984 and 2004.

Key songs in the Michael catalog include “Careless Whisper,” “Faith,” “Father Figure,” “I Want Your Sex” and “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go.”

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 02.1.12 @ 07:30am


George Michael didn't make the 2012 Songwriters Hall of Fame. Not enough votes!

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 02.21.12 @ 20:21pm


I don't know how much George Michael's feud with Sony or the whole public bathroom incident will affect his chances for Rock Hall nomination, but he was nominated for the Songwriters Hall of Fame, so it could still happen.

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 02.25.12 @ 08:25am


I'd say his chances are slim and none.

Posted by astrodog on Saturday, 02.25.12 @ 09:50am


Wham! sparked something of a pop revival in the mid-'80s and could arguably be held responsible for sparking off the boy band trend of the '90s. They were unashamedly pop, to the point of padding the front of their trousers for television appearances. At the heart, however, was a string of catchy singalong singles written by George Michael (born Georgios Kyrriacos Panayiotou in London to a Greek restauranting family).

George met Wham!'s other half, Andrew Ridgeley, at school in the London suburb of Bushey, and in 1979 they started performing together as part of the ska-based band the Executive. When that group dissolved, they wrote songs, made demos, and rushed into a recording contract with the equally eager independent label Innervision, scoring an instant hit with "Wham Rap!" (they thought that "wham" was the sound they made when Michael and Ridgeley performed together). In order to move to a recording contract with Sony label Epic, Wham! was forced to walk away from most of the royalties from their debut album, Fantastic. None of that mattered when their 1984 single, "Wake Me up Before You Go Go," became a worldwide hit, accompanied by a video of the pair cavorting in their sportswear. Almost immediately, George Michael started thinking of a solo career, and released "Careless Whisper," issued in the U.S. under George Michael of Wham!

Wham!'s end came suddenly two years later, in 1985, reputedly when the group's manager, Simon Napier-Bell (later to manage Take That), decided to sell a share of his management to a South African entertainment conglomerate. Supposedly, as part of a stand against South African politics, George Michael immediately announced Wham!'s breakup. They gave their farewell performance before a sold-out audience of 72,000 fans at London's Wembley Stadium.

George Michael comfortably stepped straight into his own highly successful solo performing and recording career. Andrew Ridgeley's post Wham! album, Son of Albert, sold poorly and produced just one minor hit, "Shake."

Born in Surrey, England in 1963, Andrew Ridgeley is known as the silent musician of Wham!, the '80s rock group with George Michael which produced such hits as "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" and "Careless Whisper." Although he occasionally helped write music, sang, and played instruments, his chief role in the group was that of George Michael's best friend. Since the breakup of Wham! In 1986, Andrew Ridgeley has spent his time producing and album and pursuing his own personal interests. He produced several solo songs including "Shake," "Red Dress" and "Mexico." Ridgeley's musical influences include the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Everly Brothers and David Bowie.

George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley shared the same dream of becoming musical stars. The two met in their childhood and formed a band which was originally called the Executives and eventually was changed to Wham! UK. After the duo went touring internationally, they dropped the UK in the title. The group eventually became the first '80s rock band to have an album with three number one hits. The album, Make It Big, sold more than one million copies. In 1984, Wham! became the first non-Asian pop band to play in China. Much to the chagrin of millions of fans worldwide, the two disbanded in 1986 to pursue solo careers.

George Michael became a popular international solo artist, while Andrew Ridgeley went to Monaco to become an auto racer. His days as an auto racer did not last long, as he crashed several cars and had difficulty getting sponsors. He then went back to singing and also signed with Columbia Records in 1990. The partnership produced only one album, Son of Albert, logically named after Ridgeley's father. His musical style was quite different on this album than it was when he was with Michael. His first single, "Shake," had only moderate success and reached number 13 on the Australian charts. "Red Dress," another single from the album, did not make the charts at all, even though Michael sang some of the backup vocals. The album's sales were unsuccessful, and when it reached only #70 on U.S. charts, Columbia canceled Ridgeley's contract.

Despite the downfall of Ridgeley's singing career at Columbia Records in 1990, he still used his musical talents elsewhere. He played guitar at Michael's live performance of "Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me" and was seen with Princess Diana and David Bowie at an AIDS benefit in 1993. He married Keren Woodward, a member of the band Bananarama; they have one son. Ridgeley has no intention of returning to the music industry and spends his time surfing, motor racing and owning a restaurant, Bar 92.

George Michael was the biggest British pop star of the 1980s, spinning a series of infectiously catchy pop singles into global stardom that saw him sell over 100 million albums worldwide. Blessed with good looks, a fine voice, and a knack for writing engaging melodies that worked well with dance-friendly rhythms, Michael became the rare teen sensation who matured into a respected star as an adult, though his life after achieving pop icon status has not been without personal and creative challenges.

Michael was born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou on June 25, 1963; his father was a Greek Cypriot restaurant owner who changed his name from Kyriacos Panayiotou to Jack Michael when he emigrated to England in the 1950s. Born in the North London suburb of East Finchley, Michael's family relocated to Bushey, Hertfordshire when he was in his early teens, and George struck up a friendship with one of his new schoolmates, Andrew Ridgeley. Both Michael and Ridgeley were interested in music, and in 1979 they formed a ska band called the Executive; the group didn't go far, but it gave them a taste for the spotlight, and they took what they learned and in 1981 formed a pop duo called Wham! The early Wham! demos impressed executives at Innervision, an independent record label who signed the group to a contract. By 1982, Wham! had hit the U.K. pop charts with "Wham Rap" and "Young Guns (Go For It)," and scored an American record deal with Columbia. However, Michael and Ridgeley soon discovered how unfavorable their deal with Innervision was, and they opted out of their contract by forfeiting all future royalties on material from their first album, Fantastic, to sign with Sony worldwide. The choice proved to be shrewd; Wham!'s second album, 1984's Make It Big, transformed them from British hitmakers to a genuine international sensation, as "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go," "Everything She Wants," "Careless Whisper," and "Freedom" became wildly successful in the U.K., Europe, and the United States. Wham! soon became one of the biggest new acts on Earth, and in 1985 they became the first Western pop group to tour the People's Republic of China. But Michael displayed an ambition that went beyond Wham!'s new success, and the "Careless Whisper" single was released with the credit "Wham! Featuring George Michael," setting the stage for him to strike out on his own. In 1986, after Michael had released a proper solo single, "A Different Corner," Wham! announced their breakup and said farewell to their fans with a sold-out concert at London's Wembley Stadium.

Michael wasted no time making his mark on his own, releasing his first solo album, Faith, in 1987. He produced and arranged the album, as well as writing the songs, and it managed to top Wham!'s phenomenal success, spawning a series of major hit singles (including "I Want Your Sex," "Father Figure," "Kissing a Fool," and the title track) and selling over twenty million copies worldwide, moving close to ten million units in the United States alone. Michael promoted the album with a series of stylish, sexy music videos and a concert tour that found him playing 137 shows over the space of 16 months. Faith left no doubt that Michael was one of the new icons of pop music, and after recording successful duets with Elton John ("Wrap It Up" and "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me") and Aretha Franklin ("I Knew You Were There [Waiting For Me]"), he proved he had the respect of veteran acts as well as the younger audience. However, Michael felt reigned in by his image as a sexy pop singer, and after taking a well-deserved vacation in 1989, he released Listen Without Prejudice, Vol. 1 in 1990, a set that was noticeably more somber, sophisticated, and personal than his previous work. Presumably to put the focus on his music rather than his image, Michael refused to appear in any music videos for the album and declined to tour in support; the album fared well commercially, but not as well as Faith, and Michael began expressing dissatisfaction with Sony, declaring his contract was financially inequitable and creatively stifling. Michael sued Sony to end his contract, leading to a long and costly legal battle that ended in 1995, with Michael signing to the newly launched Dreamworks Records label in the United States and Virgin in the rest of the world. (During the interim, Michael released a live EP which include material he performed with the surviving members of Queen at the 1992 Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert.) In 1996, Michael finally released his third solo effort, Older, which followed in the more contemplative vein of Listen Without Prejudice, Vol. 1. While the album went platinum in the United States, it was considered a commercial disappointment considering the success of Michael's previous work, though it fared better in Europe and the UK.

In 1998, Michael released Ladies and Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael, a career-inclusive two-disc anthology that featured solo material as well as recordings with Wham! It also included a new song, "Outside"; the song and its video were created in response to a widely publicized incident in which Michael was arrested by an undercover cop in Los Angeles for "performing a lewd act" in a public restroom. After the arrest made headlines, Michael publicly acknowledged his homosexuality, and in time it was revealed the song "Jesus to a Child" from Older was written in tribute to his late partner Anselmo Feleppa, who died of AIDS-related illnesses in 1993. In 1999, Michael released an album of covers, Songs from the Last Century, which was released worldwide by Virgin after Michael parted ways with Dreamworks. In 2002, Michael signed a new record deal with Polydor and released the single "Freeek," with a new album expected to follow. However, the subsequent full-length release, Patience, didn't arrive until 2004, and in a surprising move, it was issued not by Polydor, but the Sony-affiliated Epic label after Michael returned to the company he'd left nine years earlier. Michael also told journalists that he expected it to be his final commercially released album, adding he hoped to release future material online, with any proceeds going to charity. A second career-inclusive two-CD collection, Twenty-Five, was issued in 2008, and arrived after Michael once again found himself the subject of some controversy. In 2006 and 2007, he had been arrested on drug-related offenses in the U.K., and in 2010, he'd served four weeks in Suffolk's Highpoint Prison after pleading guilty to driving under the influence of cannabis. During a 2006 television interview, Michael smoked what appeared to be a joint and spoke openly of his marijuana use, saying, "I'd say it's a great drug, but obviously it's not very healthy. You can't afford to smoke it if you've got anything to do."

-AMG

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 07.22.12 @ 07:04am


George Michael was a great songwriter. The songs he wrote as a member of Wham! are classics. Songs like Bad Boys, Young Guns, Wham Rap, I'm Your Man, Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go, Careless Whispers, Everything She Wants, Freedom, Last Christmas. If the Rock Hall inducts George Michael solo, they are leaving out all that great material he produced with Wham!, which is where his career started. The right thing to do would be to nominate and induct him for his entire career as Wham!/George Michael, not so much for Andrew Ridgeley's sake, but for George Michael's sake. George Michael's solo career was equally successful to his career with Wham! Wham! and George Michael each had a classic number one album. Wham! had 1984's Make It Big, and George Michael had 1987's Faith. I wouldn't induct George Michael twice. I can see the Rock Hall nominating and inducting him under Wham!/George Michael for his entire body of work. A case can be made. It will happen! It's the right thing to do.

THE HITS

Wham!/George Michael

Bad Boys * Young Guns * Wham Rap * Freedom * Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go * Everything She Wants * Careless Whisper * Last Christmas * The Edge Of Heaven * A Different Corner * I'm Your Man * I Knew You Were Waiting For Me * Faith * Father Figure * I Want Your Sex * Monkey * One More Try * Kissing A Fool * Praying For Time * Freedom * Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me * Too Funky * Fastlove * Jesus To A Child

STUDIO ALBUMS

WHAM!

01. 1983 Fantastic
02. 1984 Make It Big
03. 1986 Music From The Edge Of Heaven

GEORGE MICHAEL

01. 1987 Faith
02. 1990 Listen Without Prejudice
03. 1996 Older
04. 1999 Songs From The Last Century
05. 2004 Patience

As you can see, Wham! produced 3 studio albums worth of original material, while George Michael produced 5 studio albums, 4 with original material. So it's 3 for Wham! and 5 for George Michael. Not that much difference. George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley should get back together and produce another album or two as WHAM!

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 07.22.12 @ 07:07am


I wonder how George Michael would feel about being inducted as WHAM!/George Michael?

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 07.24.12 @ 19:35pm


I just don't think the Rock Hall would induct George Michael twice. I would, but it won't happen. I hope they induct him as WHAM!/George Michael for his entire body of work. I think you could actually compare it to The Small Faces/The Faces induction.

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 08.21.12 @ 09:08am


https://twitter.com/GeorgeMichael

I sent George Michael a message on Twitter and Facebook. I asked him if he would support a joint nomination and induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame as WHAM!/George Michael. He has not responded. He tweets daily. So I know he read my message.

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 08.21.12 @ 09:12am


Axl Rose likes Wham!/George Michael.

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 08.28.12 @ 09:05am


If John Mellencamp and Madonna were inducted, so should George Michael be.

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 09.16.12 @ 22:01pm


Like Joy Division/New Order, The Small Faces/Faces, The (Young) Rascals, Parliament-Funkadelic, he should be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame just once for his entire career as Wham!/George Michael. That's how Joel Whitburn has him listed in the Billboard books. George Michael was a great songwriter. The songs he wrote as a member of Wham! are classics. Songs like Bad Boys, Young Guns (Go For It), Wham Rap, I'm Your Man, Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go, Careless Whispers, Everything She Wants, Freedom, Last Christmas. If the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts George Michael solo, they are leaving out all that great material he produced with Wham!, which is where his career started. The right thing to do would be to nominate and induct him for his entire career as Wham!/George Michael, not so much for Andrew Ridgeley's sake, but for George Michael's sake. George Michael's solo career was equally successful to his career with Wham! Wham! and George Michael each had a classic number one album. Wham! had 1984's Make It Big, and George Michael had 1987's Faith. I wouldn't induct George Michael twice. I can see the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominating and inducting him under Wham!/George Michael for his entire body of work. The case is made. It will happen! WHAM! produced 3 studio albums with original material, while George Michael produced 4 studio albums with original material. So they are pretty much even. A joint induction as Wham!/George Michael is the right thing to do.

THE ALBUMS

Wham!/George Michael

Fantastic * Make It Big * Music From The Edge Of Heaven * Faith * Listen Without Prejudice * Older * Songs From The Last Century * Patience

THE SINGLES

Wham!/George Michael

Bad Boys * Young Guns (Go For It) * Wham Rap * Freedom * Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go * Everything She Wants * Careless Whisper * Last Christmas * The Edge Of Heaven * A Different Corner * I'm Your Man * I Knew You Were Waiting For Me * Faith * Father Figure * I Want Your Sex * Monkey * One More Try * Kissing A Fool * Praying For Time * Freedom * Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me * Too Funky * Fastlove * Jesus To A Child

Posted by Roy on Friday, 05.31.13 @ 10:11am


You gotta have faith that this father figure will have a careless whisper and be inducted in
so if you want your freedom i'm your man vote for George I knew he was waiting so don't let the sun go down on him get the monkey off his back

Posted by john on Tuesday, 08.27.13 @ 14:21pm


I think George Michael will be inducted into the RRHOF. One of the greatest singers in the last 50 yrs. He is an immensely talented singer songwriter in Wham & solo.

He can do anything musically. A gentle ballad Careless Whisper or the jazzy Kissing A Fool... Straight up rockers like Monkey or Freedom. Faith will always be one of the 80's best albums with Reckless.

I was really stunned that he has sold over 100 million albums worldwide. He's one of those artists who will get more attention in 2020-2025 when RRHOF will run out of slam dunks to induct.

Just a fantastic singer. I think George Michael deserves induction. KING

Posted by KING on Saturday, 04.19.14 @ 17:02pm


Come on...you are not seriously considering George Michael as a possible inductee...
What this producer of crap music has got to do with Rock & Roll??? Come on guys!!!

Posted by tony on Friday, 08.8.14 @ 06:25am


Oh my god, Tony! You're so good at this. Why don't you have your own nationally syndicated column to express your tired, played out cliches?

Posted by DarinRG on Friday, 08.8.14 @ 08:00am


He'll be inducted as WHAM!/George Michael. Make It Big and Faith were the number one albums!

Posted by Roy on Friday, 08.8.14 @ 09:16am


Lot of hate traffic here? He is deserving due to Wham and solo albums! Have the Faith!

Posted by Bryan on Wednesday, 12.17.14 @ 18:32pm


References to Motown Aint No Mountain High Enough by Ashford and Simpson in I New You Were Waiting For Me by George Michael and Aretha Franklin:

When the river was deep--I didn't falter
When the mountain was high--I still believed
When the valley was low--it didn't stop me

Aint No Mountain High Enough
Aint No Valley Low
Ain No River Wide Enough
To keep me from getting to you

Posted by Roy on Monday, 01.5.15 @ 10:22am


The world is 'not just America' and Gerorge Michael has been one of the most prominent acts worldwide for the past 30 years.
A pop/soul artist for sure, but he's not some two minute MC Hammmer, Bobby Brown flavour of the month-type artist. But he has sold millions of records, won many, many awards for his singing and songwriting. Has worked with and alongside Aretha, Stevie, Whitney, Queen, Elton and many other Hall inductees. Virtually everyone knows who he is worldwide. No-one denies his talent as a singer, black or white.

Where's the problem? Hmmm, I wonder.

Listen without prejudice America, you're not the only country in the world.

Posted by jim68 on Monday, 05.4.15 @ 14:15pm


What a ridiculous and ignorant strawman. Even if the Hall Of Fame really did only give a darn about what made waves in America, that still gives George Michael a headstart over 90% of the acts that have been inducted in the past ten years. George Michael was huge over here too. His omission from the Hall could be due to a lot of things, but it sure as hell isn't from lack of popularity in the States.

But thank you, jim86, for proving that Americans aren't the only ones who spout prejudice and ignorance.

Posted by Philip on Monday, 05.4.15 @ 23:03pm


As far as Projected is concerned, it is starting to bother me that George Michael and Billy Idol have been drug out so long as huge, deserving mainstream 80s stars. Yes, I know that I've been part of that problem. I'm going to give both of them some more thought this year.

Posted by DarinRG on Monday, 05.4.15 @ 23:19pm


Phil Collins and Midnight Oil, as well.

Posted by DarinRG on Monday, 05.4.15 @ 23:24pm


No more double dipping on post-punk for me. Bauhaus is close and has the momentum. After they're in, I'll get to the Fall, Jesus and Mary Chain and Gang of Four. Bauhaus is close and needs a couple more votes. George Michael and Phil Collins are close and need a couple more votes...

Posted by DarinRG on Monday, 05.4.15 @ 23:35pm


Agree with Roy and the posters who believe George Michael will be inducted in RRHOF. Faith was a Top 80's album and influenced many musicians with a variety of styles. I liked Faith, Kissing A Fool, Father Figure the most off Faith. Throw in Listen Without Prejudice and the Wham! albums, there's enough quality there. KING

Posted by KING on Friday, 05.15.15 @ 22:57pm


Agree with Roy and the posters who believe George Michael will be inducted in RRHOF. Faith was a Top 80's album and influenced many musicians with a variety of styles. I liked Faith, Kissing A Fool, Father Figure the most off Faith. Throw in Listen Without Prejudice and the Wham! albums, there's enough quality there. KING

Posted by KING on Friday, 05.15.15 @ 22:57pm

But do you agree that he should and will be inducted as WHAM!/George Michael?

Posted by Roy on Friday, 05.15.15 @ 23:24pm


ROY

I'll say George Michael won't be inducted twice so the Wham/George Michael induction makes sense. As someone who has low tenor range, I've always enjoyed singers like Bono, Natalie Merchant, Freddie Mercury, Paul Stanley, etc. George Michael has a strong and smooth voice versatile to sing rockers, pop, or jazzier tunes. Faith has held up as one of the best album of the 80's. GM will be inducted. KING

Posted by KING on Saturday, 05.16.15 @ 19:19pm


George Michael passed away! 53 years old. What a strange year.

Posted by The_Claw on Sunday, 12.25.16 @ 18:13pm


I didn't believe it until I looked it up. Rest in Peace George Michael, 1963-2016.

Posted by Joe on Sunday, 12.25.16 @ 18:28pm


R.I.P. George Michael. Absolutely classic voice.

Posted by SotN on Sunday, 12.25.16 @ 21:05pm


What the hell! It must have been AIDS.

He should be inducted as WHAM!/George Michael.

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 12.25.16 @ 22:12pm


Wow, this one was quite a shock for me, and I guess I'll speak for just about everyone. Only 53 too. But most of his success came in his twenties and he was an untouchable pop star until his flame ran out. Then he became somewhat reclusive. He (along with Andrew Ridgely) left behind so many memorable songs. Don't know if that makes him HOF worthy.

Other artists who have passed on Christmas Day: James Brown and Eartha Kitt. All 3 had memorable Christmas tunes. Just saying

Posted by Jason Voigt on Sunday, 12.25.16 @ 23:47pm


"What the hell! It must have been AIDS." -Roy

Wow...

Posted by DarinRG on Monday, 12.26.16 @ 02:29am


It was heart failure.

Posted by Roy on Monday, 12.26.16 @ 08:18am


Like Joy Division/New Order, The Small Faces/Faces, The (Young) Rascals, Parliament-Funkadelic, he should be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame just once for his entire career as Wham!/George Michael. That's how Joel Whitburn has him listed in the Billboard books. George Michael was a great songwriter. The songs he wrote as a member of Wham! are classics. Songs like Bad Boys, Young Guns (Go For It), Wham Rap, I'm Your Man, Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go, Careless Whispers, Everything She Wants, Freedom, Last Christmas. If the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts George Michael solo, they are leaving out all that great material he produced with Wham!, which is where his career started. The right thing to do would be to nominate and induct him for his entire career as Wham!/George Michael, not so much for Andrew Ridgeley's sake, but for George Michael's sake. George Michael's solo career was equally successful to his career with Wham! Wham! and George Michael each had a classic number one album. Wham! had 1984's Make It Big, and George Michael had 1987's Faith. I wouldn't induct George Michael twice. I can see the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominating and inducting him under Wham!/George Michael for his entire body of work. The case is made. It will happen! WHAM! produced 3 studio albums with original material, while George Michael produced 4 studio albums with original material. So they are pretty much even. A joint induction as Wham!/George Michael is the right thing to do.

This isn't like Rufus with Chaka Khan because there were only two people in WHAM!. If they are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as Wham!/George Michael, only one other person will have George Michael's name on his trophy, and that would be Andrew Ridgeley.

THE ALBUMS

Wham!/George Michael

Fantastic * Make It Big * Music From The Edge Of Heaven * Faith * Listen Without Prejudice * Older * Songs From The Last Century * Patience

THE SINGLES

Wham!/George Michael

Bad Boys * Young Guns (Go For It) * Wham Rap * Freedom * Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go * Everything She Wants * Careless Whisper * Last Christmas * The Edge Of Heaven * A Different Corner * I'm Your Man * I Knew You Were Waiting For Me * Faith * Father Figure * I Want Your Sex * Monkey * One More Try * Kissing A Fool * Praying For Time * Freedom * Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me * Too Funky * Fastlove * Jesus To A Child

Posted by Roy on Monday, 12.26.16 @ 08:59am


I would like to extend my most sincere condolences to the family and friends of George Michael on his passing. He was a great songwriter. :-(

Posted by Enigmaticus on Monday, 12.26.16 @ 11:30am


I would like to extend my most sincere condolences to the family and friends of George Michael on his passing. He was a great singer and songwriter. :-(

Posted by Enigmaticus on Monday, 12.26.16 @ 11:58am


https://www.buzzfeed.com/alanwhite/people-are-sharing-stories-about-how-generous-george-michael?utm_term=.wwwqXVdMDA&ref=mobile_share#.fqroj9NZRb

I've heard many rumors over the years about George Michael's generosity. Nice piece here confirming quite a few of the incidents. Peaceful journeys to a man who by all accounts used his wealth and success to help those in need on a regular basis.

Posted by DarinRG on Monday, 12.26.16 @ 14:53pm


Should be nominated and inducted as WHAM!/George Michael.

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 01.10.17 @ 04:44am


On George Michael:Like Chris Cornell's recent passing, Michael has been remembered for his incredible singing and songwriting. My guess George Michael will be nominated and inducted in the 2025-2030 window. ROY as usual made some salient points about a possible WHAM!/George Michael joint nomination. George Michael reminds me of Lionel Richie in that he created numerous hits that people still remember today. Songs like Careless Whisper,Faith,Father Figure, Freedom 90 and so forth. It will be difficult for George Michael to be inducted next 3 years. Plenty of great bands will be eligible for induction. Counting Crows,Dave Matthews Band,STP,Sheryl Crow,Tool,and others. KING

Posted by KING on Wednesday, 07.12.17 @ 12:08pm


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