Father Figure (song)

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"Father Figure"
Father Figure.jpg
Single by George Michael
from the album Faith
B-side"Love's In Need Of Love Today" (live at Wembley Arena)
Released28 December 1987 (1987-12-28)
Format
Recorded1987
Length5:40
LabelColumbia
Songwriter(s)George Michael
Producer(s)George Michael
George Michael singles chronology
"Hard Day"
(1987)
"Father Figure"
(1987)
"One More Try"
(1988)

"Father Figure" is a song by English singer George Michael from his debut studio album, Faith (1987). It was released on 28 December 1987 as the album's fourth single by Columbia Records. The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 11 on the UK Singles Chart. Additionally it was a top 5 hit in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Iceland, Ireland, the Netherlands and Spain.

Music video[edit]

The music video depicts a relationship between a cab driver (Michael) and a high-fashion model (Tania Coleridge). Various intercut flashbacks tell a backstory. Michael and Andy Morahan[1] won "Best Direction of a Video" at the 1988 MTV Video Music Awards for the video.[citation needed]

Chart performance[edit]

Released in the United Kingdom in December 1987, "Father Figure" reached number eleven on the UK Singles Chart – the first time Michael had failed to reach the top ten in his home country. The song remained a live favourite at Michael's concerts for many years and is also one of his most frequently aired songs on the radio in the United Kingdom.

In the United States, "Father Figure" became George Michael's sixth number one single (including three number one singles garnered as half of Wham!). "Father Figure" debuted at number 49 on 16 January 1988, while "Faith" was still prominent (at number nine) in the top ten of the chart. In the subsequent weeks, "Father Figure" was a surefire hit, reaching number one by its seventh week, 27 February 1988, staying at the top for two weeks. Altogether, the single spent six weeks in the top ten, nine weeks in the top twenty, and 14 weeks in the top forty.

Track listings[edit]

  • UK single (7")
  1. "Father Figure" – 5:40
  2. "Love's In Need Of Love Today" (Live at Wembley Arena, 1 Apr '87) – 4:42
  1. "Father Figure" – 5:40
  2. "Look at Your Hands" – 4:37
  1. "Father Figure" – 5:28
  2. "Love's In Need Of Love Today" (Live at Wembley Arena, 1 Apr '87) – 4:42
  3. "Father Figure" (Instrumental version) – 5:28

Charts and certifications[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

Samples[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Profile of Andy Morahan; www.andymorahan.com. Retrieved 23 August 2014.
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  20. ^ Fernando Salaverri (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
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  27. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2016 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 15 August 2016.

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