Paddy on George Michael

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.

4 thoughts

  1. It’s really a shame that this man has gone, and that during his lifetime he didn’t get the widespread recognition of the “critical” listeners, as the attitude of the reporter in the short snippet reflects. It doesn’t surprise me that Paddy speaks in favour of him, since they have the same saccharine ingredients in their voice – and sugar, psychsomatically speaking, makes you feel good.

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