“Father Figure,” the third single (and first ballad) to be pulled from his debut, established Michael both as a nuanced grown-up and as a skilled singer-songwriter, able to intertwine racy innuendo and romantic steadfastness. 'Faith’s supremely sensual smash sprung from George’s erotic and chaste relationships alike.
To LGBT folk, lovers of New Wave, dance-pop addicts, followers of British reality TV, and much of the U.K. public, Pete Burns -- who passed away Oct. 23 from a heart attack -- was a singular star emblematic of a time when even the most eccentric musicians could achieve significant international sales and radio play with the right brain-embedding hook.
If you’re LGBT, waking up to learn that the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history had happened the night before in a gay nightclub is akin to being a parent and reading about Sandy Hook, or being African-American and finding out that yet another black church has been burned down.
"I'm gay," declared David Bowie, "and always have been, even when I was David Jones." When he uttered these now-immortal words in the Jan. 22, 1972, issue of England's 'Melody Maker,' the fledgling starman had just released December 1971's 'Hunky Dory' and already was giving his interviewer a taste of his glam-rock milestone, June 1972's 'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars.'