June 25, 1963

Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou is born in East Finchley, London, to a Greek Cypriot father (Kyriacos Panayiotou) and an English mother (Lesley Angold). His two older sisters are Yioda and Melanie. Read More


The Executive is formed, consisting of George, Andrew, Andrew’s brother Paul, David Austin and Andrew Leaver. The band had only a couple unreleased demo songs. Within months it was reduced to the first four members, and disbanded within a year. Read More

December 1983

Andrew discovered there was royalty discrepancies in the group’s contract, so they sued Innervision. In retaliation, the label released “Club Fantastic Megamix” without Wham!’s approval, and the duo urged their fanbase not to buy the single. The judge granted Wham! a release from their contract. and in 1984 they signed with Epic Records where they recorded Make It Big. Read More