Good friend and partner 'Wham' duo Andrew Ridgeley was heartbroken. Careless Whisper, Faith, Wake Me Up, Club Tropicana, Young Guns (Go For It) and Last Christmas will all be etched in our memories.
His charitable ways was only revealed lately, that he gave much to individuals and institutions. Many times he would quietly call these people in need on the phone and provided them funds for their hospital stay, medication or operation.
My Canadian neighbour played the same two songs alternately at the start of day and jolted me out of bed during cold, crazy, winter morns. Don't forget that Canadian houses were not made of solid bricks like those in Singapore.
The sound generated from his huge stereophonic set, as we find them those years, caused me ear trauma for some time. Imagine how loud Wake Me Up sounded with volume at #9. I didn't complain to the cops. He sat next to me during Sociology 101.😕
In the mid-eighties in Winnipeg where I resided, his songs were played everywhere. George Michael was an echoing voice in the hearts of many. Like photographs flying in the air, images abound when his songs are heard - images of my special and wonderful years in Winnipeg.
R.I.P. George Michael. Your music lives on.
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