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Is This George Michael's Homage To The Beatles...?

Sunday, June 02, 2024

The much-missed George Michael was a stunning vocalist, and a one-of-a-kind performer. An artist who broke countless records, he was also a devoted student of music – even if he was confident enough to poke fun at some of his heroes.

Take 1990 solo album ‘Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1’. His second full length solo statement, it marked a period of evolution, moving beyond his pop roots to fully embrace different forms of songwriting. In the process, George Michael would cite – but also subvert – some of the biggest names in music history.

Dropping in a few bars of The Rolling Stones’ ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ into ‘I’m Waiting For The Day’, George Michael also absorbed the influence of The Beatles on his song ‘Heal The Pain’.

A mature offering from the star, the chords have a real Beatles-esque quality, in particular recalling the vivid way with melody that Sir Paul McCartney has made his own. Reviewers at the time noted the link, and it was said to be a personal favourite of George Michael, regularly appearing in his titanic live shows.

Source: ClashMusic/clashmusic.com

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