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On this day in 2016, music legend George Michael passes away

GEORGE Michael was one of the biggest stars of the 1980s and will forever be remembered as a music icon in the music scene,

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"Careless Whisper" is a song written by George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley.[4] Released on the 1984 Wham! Album Make It Big, the single release was credited either to Wham! Featuring George Michael (in North America and several other countries) or solely to George Michael (in the United Kingdom and some European countries) as it became apparent that at some point in the near future, Michael would be embarking on a solo career.

The song features a prominent saxophone riff and has been covered by several artists since its first release. It was released as a single and became a commercial success worldwide. It reached number one in nearly 25 countries, selling about 6 million copies worldwide—2 million in the United States.

Born in 1963 as Georgios Panayiotou in Finchley, north London - the son of a Greek-Cypriot waiter and English mother - he shot to stardom in the pop group Wham! In the 1980s.

The band was set up with classmate Andrew Ridgeley and performed memorable hits like Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go and Freedom.

Wham! was the most commercially successful band of the decade - but it was also short-lived, as the group split in 1986.

From then on, George Michael had the unenviable task of reinventing himself as a solo artist.