"I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" was a one-off project that helped Michael achieve an ambition by singing with one of his favourite artists. Veteran musician Deon Estus, who played bass with George Michael throughout his Wham! [118] In November, he had to cancel the remainder of the tour as he became ill with pneumonia in Vienna, Austria, ultimately slipping into a coma. 1 won the award for Best British Album. [35], When "I Want Your Sex" reached the US charts, American Top 40 host Casey Kasem refused to say the song's title, referring to it only as "the new single by George Michael. "Faith" became one of his most popular songs. 157 on the American Billboard 200 albums chart, which was also the album's peak position. days but never felt it could develop into a relationship because I knew that, emotionally, I was a gay man. [96] Michael told BBC Radio 1 on 10 March 2004 that future music that he puts out would be available for download, with fans encouraged to make a donation to charity. George stressed he was "not ashamed" to be gay and revealed he was in a relationship with his then partner, Kenny Goss. On 21 November, Vienna General Hospital admitted Michael after he complained of chest pains while at a hotel two hours before his performance at a venue there for his Symphonica Tour. Michael consistently dedicated the song to Feleppa before performing it live. [182][183][184], —Michael, a Labour voter throughout the 1980s, distanced himself from Thatcher's Conservative Party. I felt almost like I was cursed. 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