Nile Rodgers’ Intriguing Message

Since the release of the new version of George Michael’s “Fantasy,” Nile Rodgers has been posting tidbits on Twitter.

One of the most intriguing is the following:

It also looks like David Austin was instrumental in getting “Fantasy” released for all of George Michael’s Lovelies to hear.

Here is one with which all George Michael fans would agree:

And here is one just for the George Michael fans out there:

George Michael’s Fantasy Remix

I have to admit I was conflicted when I heard the “new” George Michael song was “Fantasy.”

“Fantasy” is one of my favorite George Michael songs — maybe even my favorite of all time.

The song was updated by producer and musician Nile Rodgers.

The song was on the B-side “Freedom! ’90” originally.

On the plus side, it’s still George singing, but to be honest, the original was better.

“Fantasy” is taken from Listen Without Prejudice / MTV Unplugged and will be out October 20th. Please consider buying it from our sponsors Amazon or from Amazon UK.

Take a listen for yourself.

What did you think of the remix of “Fantasy”? Tell us in the comments below!

New George Michael Song Premieres September 7

As was hinted at yesterday in the letter from George’s family, a new, posthumous George Michael song will be released. The song will premiere on BBC Radio 2’s Breakfast Show with Chris Evans tomorrow morning (September 7). The statement reads:

“Sony Music proudly presents a single by the late George Michael. Tune in to The Chris Evans Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2 tomorrow, Thursday 7th September at 9am for the first play.’”

George was working on at least two songs before his untimely death on December 25, 2016.

One was with Nile Rodgers who said today on Twitter:

Niles Rodgers also retweeted:

Do you think George would have wanted this song released? Let us know in the comments section.

Letter from George Michael’s Family

George Michael’s sisters, Melanie and Yioda, have just posted a letter on George Michael’s official website www.GeorgeMichael.com.

The letter starts off by saying they are still “struggling” with the loss of George, but “know we hear you, through your amazing and thoughtful messages and that you understand our loss, as we try to understand yours.”

The following appears to be positive news about the release of new material. The documentary, in particular, would be considered one of the projects George was working on. Melanie and Yioda write:

Our aim is to carry on, as we know Yog would have wanted, to share and enjoy his precious legacy and to continue to bring you joy – through his extraordinarily beautiful music.

David, along with Yogs loyal creative team, will continue bringing you all the projects they had been working so hard on for you, exactly as Yog would have wanted…

Please read the entire letter on the official site.

Bros Pay Tribute to George Michael

Matt and Luke Goss, of the duo Bros, will be paying tribute to friend George Michael at their two comeback shows at London’s O2 Arena on August 19 and 20.

Luke Goss is married to Shirley Lewis, long-time backing singer for George Michael.

“My wife was very close to him and in the first few years sung on every single,” Luke said. “So Matt and I had a discussion and Shirley thought it would be a lovely gesture and we both agreed on that.

“I miss him greatly, he was a beautiful man.”

Matt said: “We hope we do it justice. He was one of my favourite singers of all time and he had a big influence on me as a singer, so we’re going to be singing ‘Freedom.’

“It’s going to be a really beautiful moment and we’ve been rehearsing it and getting goosebumps in his honour and we want to raise the roof with that song in his honour.”

You can read more at Singing duo Bros to pay tribute to friend George Michael.

Yours Only George Is Remaining Open

Yours Only George - Your Link to the George Michael WorldI have great news!

Yours Only George is going to remain open! As I wrote previously, I was contemplating closing the site because my web hosting fee had doubled and advertising revenue wasn’t even covering the old fee. Fortunately, I was able to find a new web host with a much lower annual fee. Yeah!  I still hope you continue to support our advertisers so that I may keep the site open indefinitely. YOU make a difference.

As I said before, it’s more difficult to update the site as there just isn’t as much news. I also have had a number of unsubscriptions to the mailing list lately.  I am trying my best to post only the most important stuff here, but I do understand that some people aren’t as interested in George Michael news now that dear George has left us.

I do regularly post links on our Facebook and Twitter pages, so make sure to follow those to get all the news.

Thanks for allowing me to run Yours Only George for the last 20 years!

Melanie
Webmaster
Yours Only George

BET Awards Pay Tribute to George Michael

It was a pleasant surprise that the BET Awards paid tribute to George Michael on Sunday.

Kamasi Washington played saxophone while El Debarge sang “Careless Whisper” in tribute to George Michael at the 2017 BET Awards.

Reaction to the tribute has been mostly positive.

Happy Birthday, George Michael!

Today would have been George Michael’s 54th birthday. It is also the 6-month anniversary of his death. George died on Christmas day, December 25, 2016, at his home.

Here is just a small sampling of those celebrating the life of George Michael and his music.

Yours Only George Celebrates Its 20th Birthday

I have to admit I feel sad about celebrating the 20th anniversary of Yours Only George. I even hesitated to say anything at all.

As many of you who follow me on Twitter or Facebook know, I have struggled with the loss of George Michael, maybe even more than most because this site has been a part of my life for 20 years and I have been a fan for 33 years.

On one hand, I’m still mourning George. (I just cried after watching the video for “Angels in Chains.”) On the other hand, I’m debating whether or not to keep this site open. Although I want to keep it open, I don’t know if I can afford to keep it open.

Obviously, when the center of your site dies and there is consequently little news, your site’s audience dies as well.

My webhost renewal is coming up soon and the rates went up. I have been experimenting this past week, trying to see how many articles a week it would take to keep the site open. What I discovered is that it only takes 5 people a day to visit an advertiser to keep this site open. That actually saddens me because I have been operating the site at a loss the last few years. I was always hopeful George would release something new to keep the site afloat.

If you like any small site, please know you do matter. You can easily keep your favorite sites open by purchasing items through their Amazon links or visiting sponsor’s advertisements that are of interest to you.

Thank you for all your support for the last 20 years!

Melanie
webmaster
Yours Only George

P.S. If you like Yours Only George, please remember to tell your friends about the site, our Facebook page or our Twitter page!

Geri Horner’s Tribute Video to George Michael

Get ready for some tears.

I don’t know why I didn’t expect photos of George Michael in Geri (Halliwell) Horner’s video for “Angels in Chains,” her tribute to George Michael.

I don’t know why I didn’t expect the backing sounds of so many famous George Michael songs, such as “Faith” and “Father Figure.”

And I certainly didn’t expect to start crying at the end of it like I hadn’t cried in months about losing George.

I’m not sure whether to thank Geri Horner for this video or to be upset with her. LOL.

What did you think of it? Leave your comments below.

Musicians Mention George Michael’s Impact

In the past few weeks, quite a few musicians have been talking about George Michael’s influence. Here are a few of the comments:

Elton John opens up about George Michael’s shock death:

I haven’t had the chance to play “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” in England since George died.

 

It is such a big part of him and a big part of me.

 

Losing him was one of the most devastating things that had happened to me for a long long time.

Ronan Keating has revealed the heartbreak he felt in December when his friend and mentor George Michael died.

I got to know George 20 years ago and I grew up listening to George Michael.

 
He was my musical mentor and he’s the reason I’m a singer today… He’s always been a hero of mine.
 
It’s still very raw for me that he’s gone, I still can’t believe it.

Alison Moyet has paid tribute to George Michael performing his song “Jesus to a Child” on BBC Radio 2.

Chatting to Jo Wiley, Moyet said she wasn’t close friends with George Michael, but they used to bump into each other regularly, and at one point she was lined up to sing some backing vocals for a project of his.

“He was just such a kind and unpretentious person,” Moyet said.

Grizzly Bear’s Ed Droste described George Michael’s influence:

While George Michael was and will remain one of the biggest pop stars in the world, he enabled me and gave me the strength to be a teeny tiny gay indie public figure, and for that, I am so grateful for George Michael and all he has given me and the world.

Mike Brown recalls his 120 gigs with George Michael and describes him as “amazing” in the studio. It’s about 40 minutes into the interview. (Thanks, Sebastian!)

Hear Geri Horner’s Tribute to George Michael on June 19

Geri Horner’s tribute to George Michael will premiere on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show on Monday, June 19, starting at 8 a.m.

Profits from the sales of “Angels In Chains” will be going to Child Line, one of the many charities that George Michael supported.

Geri Horner Shares Tribute with George Michael Fans

Geri Horner’s new single, “Angels in Chains”, came from her grief after George Michael died on Christmas day.

“I didn’t know quite what to do with my feelings so I put it in a song, which became ‘Angels In Chains’,” she said. “I feel very blessed to have the opportunity to work on this record with Chris Porter and the same team George had hand picked for his own projects. I am first and foremost a George Michael fan, so to be in the same studio with these amazingly gifted artists who have put their stamp on so many of my favorite records was a real privilege for me.”

She worked with George Michael’s extended musical family: Chris Cameron (Michael’s musical director), guitarist Phil Palmer and back up singers Shirley Lewis, Lucy Jules and Jay Henry for her tribute single.

She added: “This is our way of saying goodbye to our friend and music idol, and I hope George’s fans enjoy this as much as we have making it.”

“I am a George fan. I was a George Michael fan from the beginning. That was first. And so I want to share that with other George Michael fans,” Geri Horner also said.

The track is intended as a “beautiful, healing message” to anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one. In the process I found how healing making this record had been not only for me but also for everyone involved,” she said. “This is our way of saying goodbye to our friend and music idol, and I hope George’s fans enjoy this as much as we have making it.”

Iconic George Michael Items Up for Bid at Bonhams

Bonhams in London will be auctioning off some iconic George Michael items on June 28, 2017.

George Michael: The black leather biker jacket worn in the ‘Faith’ video, 1987

George Michael: The black leather biker jacket worn in the ‘Faith’ video,

1987, labelled La Rocka! Di Londres, front left breast pocket with white BSA logo, back with chromed studs and pale orange rhinestones, lettered in white Rockers Revenge and with green and gold wreath and red and white BSA logo, the lower left sleeve signed by George in silver marker, accompanied by a poster of George Michael wearing an identical jacket (2)

FOOTNOTES

  • Donated by George to a Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy charity auction hosted by Christie’s South Kensington, Sunday 31st January 1993 (Lot 35), held at the HMV shop, Oxford Street, London. Sold with a letter from Christie’s Archives, 2016.

George Michael: A pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses 

George Michael: A pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses, with brown leather bound frames, with a letter concerning the provenance from George Michael’s office

FOOTNOTES

  • The vendor acquired these sunglasses from a Starlight Charity auction ‘Night Of The Stars Ball’ in 2003. The letter from Michael’s PA states that they were worn in his music video for ‘Faith’ however these can not be matched to those seen in the video.

George Michael: A jacket by Jean Paul Gaultier worn in the video for ‘I Want Your Sex’, 1987

George Michael: A jacket by Jean Paul Gaultier worn in the video for ‘I Want Your Sex’, 1987, in dark navy blue, collarless, double-breasted with decorative, diamond-shaped metal Gaultier buttons to front and cuffs, two hip and one breast pockets, single inside pocket, black/purple lining to shoulders, labelled Jean Paul Gaultier Homme Pour Gibo

FOOTNOTES

  • Donated by George to one of Elton John’s Out Of The Closet charity sales.

Wham!: An autographed copy of the album ‘Fantastic’, CBS Records, 1983

Wham!: An autographed copy of the album ‘Fantastic’, CBS Records, 1983, signed by both George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley in black ink on the front cover, accompanied by a copy of their single ‘Bad Boys’, and a letter concerning the provenance from the BBC (3)

FOOTNOTES

  • The vendor of this lot won these items on the 17th October 1983 after writing into a Wham! competition at the BBC.

George Michael: Handwritten notes relating to his lawsuit with Sony, circa 1992

George Michael: Handwritten notes relating to his lawsuit with Sony, circa 1992, comprising a yellow, lined notepad with five pages written by George in blue and black ballpoints, with many deletions/amendments, reading: …who quite frankly, have little understanding of the creative process. With C.B.S….I felt that I was believed in…as…a long-term artist…whereas Sony…appear to see artists as little more than software…They do not understand that musicians do not come in regimented shapes and sizes…but…are individuals who…change and evolve along with their audiences. Sony…obviously view this as a great inconvenience…they have developed…hard sell, high profile sales techniques…which, in the short-term at least, are very lucrative for them, and the simple truth is that if George Michael, or any other artist for that matter, doesn’t wish to…conform to…Sony’s…current ideas, there are…plenty of hungry…young acts who will., the ‘Expert Perforated Pad’, 5in x 8in (13cm x 20.5cm)

FOOTNOTES

  • Provenance: Andros Georgiou, George Michael’s cousin and former head of Aegean Records, George’s record label.

George Michael: A black leather coat worn at the 1994 MTV Europe Music Awards ceremony

George Michael: A black leather coat worn at the 1994 MTV Europe Music Awards ceremony, three-quarter length, one inside pocket with zip, one breast and two hip pockets, single vent, with faux fur-covered collar, labelled John Richmond Man, with the original ‘Out Of The Closet’ sales tag

FOOTNOTES

  • Originally purchased at one of Elton John’s Out Of The Closet sales. Worn by George when performing ‘Jesus To A Child’ at the MTV Europe Music Awards, held in Berlin, 24th November 1994.

George Michael: An autographed publicity photograph, 1990s

George Michael: An autographed publicity photograph,

1990s, black and white, signed by George in silver pen, 8in x 10in (20.5cm x 25.5cm)

New Geri Horner Single Is a Tribute to George Michael

Geri Horner (a.k.a. Geri Halliwell of the Spice Girls) will be releasing a new single in tribute to George Michael.

The song, “Angels in Chains,” will be released on June 23, two days before what would have been George’s 54th ­birthday.

She was a close friend of George’s and named her son, Montague George Hector Horner, after him.

Geri has been working on the song with George’s backup singer Shirley Lewis and producer Chris Porter.

She will donate all proceeds from the song to Childline, one of George’s ­favorite charities.

Geri said, “The more joy and good can come out of it . . . I think George would approve of that. Every step I’ve taken I’ve tried to think. ‘Would he approve of this?’ ”

George Michael Buried at Highgate Cemetery

George Michael was buried on March 29, 2017, in Highgate Cemetery in North London. His mother, Lesley Panayiotou, who died of cancer in 1997, is buried next to him.

His burial site is on the private part of the cemetery. While tours are available, George Michael’s grave will not be included in the tour.

George Michael’s family released the following statement:

We can confirm that the funeral of the singer George Michael took place today. Family and close friends gathered for the small, private ceremony to say goodbye to their beloved son, brother and friend.

 

George Michael’s family would like to thank his fans across the world for their many messages of love and support. We ask that the family’s wish for privacy be respected so that they can continue to live their lives privately, away from any media intrusion.

Fadi Fawaz, Kenny Goss, Andrew Ridgeley, Martin Kemp, Shirlie Kemp, and Pepsi DeMacque were just a few of those in attendance.

George Michael died of natural causes (dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and fatty liver) at his home in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, on Christmas Day.

George Michael Tributes

In case you missed them, the Grammy Awards and Brits Awards recently paid tribute to George Michael.

Adele’s tribute at the Grammy Awards was noted for her stopping the song and asking to restart.  “I can’t mess this up for him,” Adele said. Adele was asked by the family to perform the song at the Grammy Awards. Reviews were mixed, with some loving the slow-paced “FastLove” to some hating it.

The tribute at the Brits began with Andrew Ridgeley, Shirlie (Holliman) Kemp and Pepsi DeMacque. It was a heartfelt tribute to their friend George Michael. It was followed by Coldplay’s Chris Martin singing a “duet” with George Michael of “A Different Corner.”

George Michael Died of Natural Causes

George Michael died of natural causes.

He suffered a dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and fatty liver, according to Darren Salter, senior coroner for Oxfordshire.

The coroner said in a statement: “Inquiries into the death of George Michael have been concluded and the final post-mortem report received.

“As there is a confirmed natural cause of death, being dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and fatty liver, the investigation is being discontinued and there is no need for an inquest or any further enquiries.

“No further updates will be provided and the family requests the media and public respect their privacy.”

According to the British Heart Foundation, dilated cardiomyopathya is a disease that causes the heart muscle to become stretched and thin and unable to pump blood around the body efficiently.

Myocarditis refers to inflammation of the heart muscle. Fatty liver is a form of liver disease caused by a build-up of fats in the liver, which can come from alcohol or fat and sugar in the diet.

George Michael Cover Stories

George Michael on People Magazine coverGeorge Michael on Entertainment Weekly CoverGeorge Michael is on a number of magazine covers with accompanying articles this week. Don’t miss out on:

  • People Magazine (January 9, 2017). Check out this video and articles as well.
  • Billboard Magazine (January 14, 2017). The articles are available here.
  • Entertainment Weekly (January 13, 2017). The articles are available here.George Michael on Billboard Magazine Cover

 

George Michael: Cause of Death Is “Inconclusive”

The Thames Valley Police has released a statement regarding George Michael’s cause of death.

Death of George Michael – Post Mortem update

Friday 30 December 2016, 2:30pm

A Post Mortem examination was carried out yesterday (29/12) as part of the investigation into the death of George Michael.

The cause of death is inconclusive and further tests will now be carried out. The results of these tests are unlikely to be known for several weeks.

Thames Valley Police will prepare a file for the Oxfordshire Coroner.

Mr Michael’s death is still being treated as unexplained but not suspicious.