1963 – 2016
Important Dates in the Life of George Michael
The George Michael documentary Freedom – Director’s Cut was premiered in the United Kingdom at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in Scotland.
Posthumous re-release of the ‘Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 album on October 20th, a day before George Michael: Freedom documentary premiered on Showtime. The re-issued album is available both as a 2CD and deluxe 3CD/DVD set — and packaged with 1996 live set MTV Unplugged, as well as B-sides and other rarities. It peaked at number 1 in the UK charts for a week on October 27, 2017,
A new version of George Michael‘s “Fantasy” featuring Nile Rodgers premiered on Chris Evans’ BBC Radio 2 show. “Fantasy” was originally released as a b-side on the “Freedom ’90” 12-inch in 1990 and later appeared on the 2011 deluxe edition of Faith. The single peaked at #85 in the UK charts.
The premiere of ‘Let Her Down Easy,” George Michael’s first single from the album Symphonica, on Magic Radio UK ahead of the song’s digital release on 17 March 2014.
Last concert performance of George Michael for the Symphonica: The European Orchestral Tour at the Earl’s Court in London, England. This was also the last time George ever performed at a concert.
George Michael was one of the performers at the 2012 London Olympics closing ceremony billed as “A Symphony of British Music.” He performed “Freedom ’90’ and his new single ‘White Light.’
Start of the Symphonica: The European Orchestral Tour, which was George Michael’s final tour. He performed at the Státní Opera, Prague, Czech Republic where he sang songs mainly from Songs from the Last Century and Patience albums as well as some cover versions in new arrangements.
George Michael performed at the Live 8 concert in Hyde Park in London, July 2, 2005, including a duet with Sir Paul McCartney. A galaxy of rock and roll stars graced stages across the globe for what is being billed as the greatest music show ever, in a bid to put pressure on leaders of the Group of Eight major industrialized nations meeting to do more to alleviate poverty, particularly in Africa.
George Michael’s duet with Whitney Houston “If I Told You That” was released. The song was included in Houston’s compilation of her greatest hits, Whitney: The Greatest Hits album. The single peaked at #9 in the UK.
The song ‘Fastlove’ reached #1 in UK charts and held the position for 3 weeks. The song was the second single taken from Michael’s third studio album Older. It was his seventh and final number one single in the UK during his lifetime.
George Michael performed five (5) songs for the Amazon Rainforest Foundation Benefit in 1993, four of which are cover songs. One song was a duet with Sting on the song “Every Breath You Take”
George Michael performed at The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness at the Wembley Stadium in front of an audience of 72,000. He called his performance as “very probably the most important performance of my life.”
The live version of the George Michael and Elton John duet ‘Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me’ hit number 1 in the UK singles chart. Proceeds from the record are divided into 10 different charities.
The single ‘Praying for Time’ reached #1 in the US Billboard Hot 100 charts for 1 week. The single spent 14 weeks in the U.S. charts
George’s duet with Aretha Franklin “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)” hit #1 in the US Billboard charts. The song held the top spot for 2 weeks.