Princess Diana of Wales has told George Michael her song You Have Been Loved is one of her favorites, singer Shirlie Holliman has said.
The track was featured on the late singer Older’s third studio album, which is celebrated 25 years after its first release in 1996 with a two-part documentary exploring the record’s success.
BBC Radio 2 documentary Older At 25 features a host of famous faces and friends of the pop star – who reflect on his memories, his impact on the music world, and reveal details of his life and his career.
Speaking in the documentary, the star’s close friend and Wham! Singer Holliman said: âI remember George calling me and telling me that Princess Diana had called him, and she said it was one of his favorite songs.
“And I think in a way that also healed him and gave him that pride that in the end, a songwriter, after pouring your heart out, you want it.”
âYou want to know that people appreciate it. You want to know that people understand this.
The pop star was a close friend of Diana’s and attended her funeral in 1997 alongside fellow musician Sir Elton John.
Bananarama band members Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward also reflected on the “hilarious moments” they would have with Michael in the documentary, recalling that there would be “impromptu parties and kitchen discos” where the singer would perform. his own music, including previously unreleased material.
Dallin and Woodward also spoke of Michael’s âheartacheâ when his partner Anselmo Feleppa passed away, which inspired the melancholy tribute song Jesus To A Child from the album Older.
Elsewhere in the documentary, global superstar Ed Sheeran described the late singer’s impact on the music industry.
He said: âIn 1996, when Older came out, I was five years old. I think George Michael is one of the best songwriters England has produced and he’s just a fantastic performer, a fantastic songwriter.
âAs a live artist he was super captivating, I loved watching videos of him throughout his career. He’s amazing.
“I think George influenced pretty much everyone who’s into music because he’s kind of traveled through the generations, but it’s a great loss for the music industry.”
Michael passed away on Christmas Day 2016 at the age of 53.
The documentary, which is narrated by Spice Girl Melanie C, also features comedian Matt Lucas, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, screenwriter Russell T Davies, singer Stevie Wonder and many more stars.
Melanie C said, âGeorge’s songwriting skills were second to none, as we can hear when we listen to Older, incredible work.
“I have had the good fortune to meet George on several occasions and I am delighted to be able to tell Older’s story through the eyes of his fellow musicians, as well as his friends.”
George Michael – Older at 25 will be broadcast on BBC Radio 2 from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m., January 1 to 2, 2022 and on BBC Sounds for 30 days thereafter.