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George Michael – Killer/Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone (P.M. Dawn Remix) (US 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on January 3rd, 2017


I originally posted this 12″ on June 25, 2013 which was George’s birthday. I would have never guessed that three years later we would be mourning his death and celebrating his music. I was never happy with my original transfer so I am happy to be able to give this single a brand new 2017 remaster.

“Killer/Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone” is a 1993 single by British pop singer George Michael. The “P.M. Dawn Remix” was the version released as a single to promote the EP “Five Live” recorded at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert, held on 20 April 1992, at Wembley Stadium. “Killer” was originally a song by British acid house producer Adamski. Written by Adamski and Seal. “Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone” is a psychedelic soul song, written by Motown songwriters Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong as a single for Motown act The Undisputed Truth in 1971 and later that year The Temptations. Both songs were blended into a mash-up by George Michael becoming “Killer/Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone”.

George Michael’s version peaked at #69 on the Billboard Hot 100 on July 24, 1993 after spending seven weeks on the survey.

This Side
Killer / Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone (P.M. Dawn Remix) 4:30

That Side
Killer / Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone (P.M. Dawn Remix) (Extended Version) 9:15

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint


Year Single Chart Position
1993 Killer / Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #69
1993 Killer / Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play #5


Label: Hollywood Records ‎– HR-66289-0
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 ⅓ RPM
Country: US
Released: 1993
Genre: Electronic
Style: House

Guitar, Keyboards – Herbie Tribino
Remix – P.M. Dawn
Written-By [Killer] – Tinley*, Seal
Written-By [Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone] – Norman Whitfield

Printed on info label:
“All artists royalties and record company net profits from this single will be donated to the Mercury Phoenix Trust for the distribution to AIDS charities worldwide in memory of the incomparable Freddy Mercury”.

Find the 12″ on DISCOGS

Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut Carbon (DC)
Cartridge: Ortofon 2M
Stylus: Ortofon 2M Bronze
Isolation: Auralex Acoustics ISO-Tone Turntable Isolation Platform
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Stabilizer: Pro-Ject Record Puck 
Phono Pre-amp:
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Tung-Sol 12AX7ECC803-S Gold Electron Tube
ESI Juli@
Record Cleaning:
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Artwork Scans:
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

Recording/Editing: Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Down Sampling: iZotope RX Advanced 2
Artwork Editor: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Click Removal: Manual
FLAC/MP3 Conversion: dBpoweramp
M3U Playlist: Playlist Creator

All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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20 Responses to “George Michael – Killer/Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone (P.M. Dawn Remix) (US 12″)”

  1. OMAR Says:

    Didn’t know of all these remixes. Thanks Paul for posting. With the death of GM , Sony will probably embark on a massive reissue campaign of all his work since Wham (i hope). I’m sure George would want his back catalogue overhauled and was looking forward to the upcoming Freedom documentary.


    AnthonyC Reply:

    Do bear in mind Sony didn’t release all of George’s material. Also the vast majority of material is licensed to labels as George owns the masters. Also all publishing rights go through George’s publishing company. So there won’t be a mad rush to release old or unreleased material. George’s estate will make all final decisions. We will only know who will run this once details of his final Will are known.

    Also George was fiercely protective about the quality of his work that was released so I am sure his estate will bear this in mind.

    Since Prince passed numerous demos and unreleased tracks have been leaked – I don’t see this happening with George – nor would I want this at all.

    I am of the understanding that George finished his new album early last year, so if this is true, I hope this does get released as I am sure that would be in line with George’s plan.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Let’s hope that whatever they , they do it correctly.


  2. Marko Says:

    Thanks so much for all the GM/WHAM posts.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Marko 🙂


  3. NKelly Says:

    One of these (at least) was available on the UK CD single of course. Many thanks for this. Will never fully get over his death much like Freddie Mercury.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Neil 🙂


  4. AnthonyC Says:

    I’ve always really liked the PM Dawn mix and edit. This is actually one of the better remixes.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    I agree AnthonyC I prefer it 🙂


  5. AnthonyC Says:

    There is a campaign to have George Michael knighted posthumously.

    Please sign this petition and send to everyone on Twitter and Facebook:


    George has worked relentlessly to help other people and has selflessly donated millions to charity.

    I would really like to see this happen!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Will do I have already signed it 🙂


    DjPaulT Reply:

    This is the actual link: https://www.change.org/p/mbe-obe-sir-george-michael-posthumous-honour


  6. Junior Says:

    Nice to see this re-ripped. Great remix by PM Dawn.

    Thanks indeed Paul 🙂


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Junior 🙂


  7. John Says:

    Another fantastic post Paul, the other day BBC4 (UK) showed all of Wham’s TOTP appearances, it was a nice tribute to their earlier records, love watching old recordings of artists, your site brings back great memories of growing up and listening their music.
    Thanks Paul.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome John I bet that was a great show would have loved to see it 🙂


  8. Modernaire Says:

    Attrell Stephen Cordes, Jr. also known by the stage name Prince Be of P.M. Dawn passed away in June 2016, sadly missing from many tributes to key artists in pop culture that passed last year.

    Very sad, melancholy, to realize PM Dawn was behind this remix, and that several great artists of the early 90s, that made wonderful music then, if you were to categorize it like that, have gone last year. So suddenly, so young, and the time this George Michael song and remix were released seems like it was just a few years ago.

    I remember downloading and listening to your 2013 digital dub and really listening to this song and realizing how much it felt personal also, this and Listen Without Prejudice are a big part of me and I’m sure so many others. We were lucky to have had all this music WHEN it came out, to be THERE, in THAT TIME.

    I hope you can also find all of P.M. Dawn’s singles to digitize one day.

    Thanks for taking us back Paul with exceptional vinyl digital transfers that bring more life to the original recordings and touch us all over again.


  9. AnthonyC Says:

    That is terrible news about Attrell Stephen Cordes Jr, I never knew this – such a great talent.

    Most people forget that the PM Dawn track Looking Through Patient Eyes is based on a sample of George Michael’s Father Figure.

    I hope if people don’t know it, they check out this track.


  10. Peter Says:

    Many thanks for the reworks! best wishes ~~


  11. Dhanavarsh Reddy Says:

    Thanks Paul


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