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Frank Sinatra’s Advice to a Young George Michael


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George Michael, at age 27 in 1990, was at the height of his fame. Hot on the heels of the release of his second solo album, “Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1,” he spoke with the Los Angeles Times of the difficulties that come with a privileged celebrity lifestyle.

In the article entitled, “George Michael’s Case Against Fame,” the singer said, “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.”

“Talent must not be wasted,” wrote Sinatra. “Those who have talent must hug it, embrace it, nurture it and share it lest it be taken away from you as fast as it was loaned to you.”
These are familiar sentiments from celebrities — especially current ones. At the time of Michael’s words, veteran crooner Frank Sinatra was ready to pass along some advice from one generation to the next about humility, fame, and art that many celebs, and even everyday Americans, would be wise to listen to today. – READ MORE

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