Father Figure – George Michael

THIS DAY IN MUSIC…………………………………..on February 27th of 1988 George Michael reaches number one in the US for the second time in his solo career with “Father Figure”. He would go on to have a total of six after scoring three chart toppers with Andrew Ridgeley in Wham! Michael wrote this song before his homosexuality was public knowledge. The lyrics are ambiguous, and likely about a man. The video, which starred model Tania Coleridge as his love interest, portrayed the song as being about a heterosexual relationship. Michael directed the video with Andy Morahan, who also worked on the videos for “Faith,” “I Want Your Sex” and “Monkey.” Michael and Morahan won the award for Best Direction in a Video for “Father Figure” at the 1988 MTV Video Music Awards. The song is about loving someone in every aspect; wanting to be that everything to his object of affection. The song contains haunting but very sensual lyrics. The single’s B-side is a cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Love’s In Need Of Love Today.” Though the song reached #1 in the US it failed to crack the Top 10 in the UK peaking at #11.