In case you don’t know, George Michael died Christmas day in his home in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire at age 53. Now, a lot of the younger generation probably don’t know who George Michael is, or at least aren’t familiar with his music. And George recognized his shrinking popularity back in 1990; he did not like it. So Frank Sinatra stepped up and just told George how it is. Frank had a message that we can all learn from. Check it out.
Frank Sinatra had some advice for George Michael in 1990 as the pop star was shrinking away from the spotlight: quit complaining.
Following a cover story in the Los Angeles Times magazine in which Michael discussed his aversion to fame, Sinatra wrote an open letter urging the “Faith” singer to embrace his stardom.
“When I saw your Calendar cover today about George Michael, ‘the reluctant pop star,’ my first reaction was he should thank the good Lord every morning when he wakes up to have all that he has,” Sinatra wrote. “And that’ll make two of us thanking God every morning for all that we have.”
The Los Angeles Times cover came as Michael refused to make music videos for his songs, despite MTV’s growing fame.
“I’m not stupid enough to think that I can deal with another 10 or 15 years of major exposure. I think that is the ultimate tragedy of fame… People who are simply out of control, who are lost. I’ve seen so many of them, and I don’t want to be another cliché,” Michael said in the 1990 interview.
“I’m sure a lot of people are going to believe all this is just some sort of gimmick…just another way to stir interest. But I’m also sure that most people find it hard to believe that stardom can make you miserable. After all, everybody wants to be a star. I certainly did, and I worked hard to get it. But I was miserable, and I don’t want to feel that way again.”
Sinatra, who still maintained a busy schedule into the ‘90s and performed 65 concerts in 1990, had different ideas about how to handle fame.
Frank Sinatra's letter to George Michael pic.twitter.com/LXDpjiXqdD
— Catherine Rampell (@crampell) December 26, 2016