The beloved singer and songwriter George Micheal left us 2 years ago on this 25th day of December in 2016.
But even without his physical presence, his signature angelic howl still lives on in the smooth romantic songs he created throughout his music career.
One particular song that can only be an ironic testament to his songwriting talent and longevity after death marked on Christmas Day is his holiday hit that’s played every year during the winter season, Last Christmas.
Written and produced by the 80s and 90s musical genius, Last Christmas instantly became one of the holiday season’s sweet melody hits. Passion for the song every Christmas thereafter has stood the test of time as the love song continuously gets played year after year.
Superstar singers from Tyler Swift to Ariana Grande have covered the iconic Christmas song with their own unique musical style. But the original 1984 version performed by George Michael and his then bandmate Andrew Ridgeley as the pop duo Wham! will never die — nor will the memory and distinct smooth singing voice of George Michael.
Born in London on June 25, 1963, Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou gained fame when he hit the pop scene in his group Wham!. After a few hits as a duo, George Michael branched out on his own and found continual success as a solo artist with billboard charting hits and albums spanning a 30-year music career.
The legendary love songwriter and singer made his way into the gay community’s hearts from just a heartthrob to a gay icon as one of the first pop stars to be out publicly — even though his outing wasn’t entirely his choice. In 1998, the international star shocked the world when he was outed due to a public lewdness arrest.
It was a pivotal moment in the singer’s life and career. But he took it in stride and publicly announced that he was a gay man after toiling with bisexuality for some time. Through the course of his remaining life, he became an advocate for LGBT rights and HIV/AIDS — two causes near and dear to his heart.
His single Jesus to a Child and album Older
Not from HIV/AIDS, the iconic singer’s life was taken too short as well when he passed away on Christmas Day, Sunday 2016 at the age of 53. It was said by the superstar’s manager, Michael Lippman, that he passed away peacefully in his sleep.
An initial autopsy was inconclusive as to the cause of George Michael’s death but a post-mortem exam performed, later on, found that he passed from natural causes. Due to the delay in discovery, the legendary singer was eventually put to rest at Highgate Cemetery in London beside his mother on March 29, 2017.
In loving memory to George Michael who will always hold the Last Christmas.