On this day in music history: February 27, 1988 - “Father Figure” by George Michael hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks, also peaking at #6 on the R&B singles chart and #3 on the Adult Contemporary chart. Written and produced by George Michael, it is the third solo chart topper for the British born singer, songwriter and producer. Originally composed as a mid tempo dance track, Michael removes the snare drum from the track while mixing it, completely changing the flavor and mood of the song. Issued as the third single from “Faith” on January 2, 1988, “Father Figure” quickly becomes another smash. Entering the Hot 100 at #49 on January 16, 1988, it climbs to the top of the chart six weeks later.“Father Figure” is the second of four consecutive chart topping singles from the Diamond certified album. Also issued are a 12" single, CD single and CD3, with those configurations including a live cover version of the Stevie Wonder song “Love Is In Need Of Love Today”, recorded on April 1, 1987 by Capital Radio in London. The song is later included as a bonus track on the deluxe boxed edition of “Faith” released in 2011. “Father Figure” is later sampled by PM Dawn for their hit single “Looking Through Patient Eyes”, and by LL Cool J" on “Father”.