1963-1980: Early lifeEdit
Michael was born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou in East Finchley, North London. His father, Kyriacos Panayiotou, a Greek Cypriot restaurateur, moved to England in the 1950s and changed his name to Jack Panos. Michael's mother, Lesley Angold (née Harrison, 1937–1997), was an English dancer who died from cancer in Fulham. His maternal grandmother was Jewish, but hid that fact from her children during World War II for fear of persecution. Michael spent the majority of his childhood in North London, in the home his parents bought soon after his birth. While in his early teens, the family moved to Radlett. There Michael attended the Bushey Meads School, where he met Andrew Ridgeley. The two had the same career ambition of being musicians. George Michael lived in Kingsbury NW9 and used to play in Roe Green Park, he attended Kingsbury High School. His father still has a restaurant in Edgware called Mr Jacks. When Wham! reached No 1 they had a party at Mr Jacks.
George Michael used to be seen in Kingsbury as a child playing with his sisters outside Boots.
His involvement in the music business began with his working as a DJ, playing at clubs and local schools around Bushey, Stanmore and Watford. This was followed by the formation of a short-lived ska band called The Executive with Andrew Ridgeley, Ridgeley's brother Paul, Andrew Leaver, and David Mortimer (a.k.a. David Austin).