George Michael and David Austin were best friends who met because their mothers were best friends. Austin’s family lived at 67 Redhill Drive in the working class East Finchley area of North London, and Michael’s family was at 57.

The two wrote songs together and remained close even as one became a global superstar and the other didn’t. Michael was a gifted and determined musical dynamo who became a star at the age of 19, first as a member of the British duo Wham!

He won two Grammys in the solo career that followed, and collaborated with some of the greatest stars of the previous generation, including Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney and Elton John.