Very sad news this morning. George Michael was one of the greats: prodigiously talented as a performer and songwriter. I always remember him at the Freddie Mercury tribute concert, which up until his performance had looked a bit like the audition scene from “The Commitments”, with a lot of big names really struggling with the material. George hit the stage like a boss and owned it from the first note of “Somebody to Love”. He made it look easy.
Those who knew him say he was kind and generous too. He took a lot of flak as a gay performer, and cleared the way for many who followed him.
And he was one of the few of Paddy’s contemporaries who got a good word from him as a songwriter, even in the early interviews where Paddy professed to having a copy of Wham’s “Last Christmas”. Here he is talking about “Jesus to a Child” in 1997
And here’s the song Paddy mentioned, which is one of my favourites too.