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On this day in music history: October 30, 1987 – “Faith”, the debut solo album by George Michael is released. Produced by George Michael, it is recorded at PUK Studios in Copenhagen, Denmark and SARM West in London, UK from Late 1986 – Mid 1987. Having outgrown the pop duo Wham! (with childhood friend Andrew Ridgeley) after five highly successful years together, the group split in June of 1986 following a major farewell concert at Wembley Stadium in London. Afterward, George Michael begins work his first full length solo album. Utilizing many of the same musicians that have played on past efforts including Wham! stalwarts Deon Estus (bass), Hugh Burns, Robert Ahwai (guitars), and Chris Cameron (keyboards), Michael records most of the album in Denmark throughout 1987. The songs demonstrate yet another dramatic leap forward in the then twenty-four year old singer and songwriter’s artistic progression, with Michael’s innate sense of blending pop and R&B hooks and rhythms into a seamless amalgamation. It is one of the first albums by a major artist recorded using the Synclavier 9600 Tapeless Digital Recording Studio, an early computer hard drive based recording system that is one of the predecessors to Pro Tools recording. It is a huge critical and commercial success upon its release, selling over twenty five million copies worldwide. In the US it spins off six top five singles including “Father Figure” (#1 Pop, #6 R&B), “One More Try” (#1 Pop and R&B), and the title track (#1 Pop). The original CD and cassette editions of the album contain the Shep Pettibone 12" remix of “Hard Day” and “A Last Request (I Want Your Sex Part 3)” as added bonus tracks. In the US, a special promotional CD package is prepared, featuring a see-through holographic rendering of the cover artwork and blue silkscreen labeled CD, rather than the standard silver CD. “Faith” also wins the Grammy Award for Album Of The Year in 1989. In 2011, the album is reissued as a deluxe boxed two CD edition packaged in a 5" x 5" forty page hardbound book with extensive annotation and photos. The first disc includes a remastered version of the original CD edition, with the second disc featuring nine bonus tracks, and a DVD featuring all of the music videos from the album and two interviews. It is also issued as limited edition LP set featuring more memorabilia exclusive to that format, coming housed in a 12" x 12" box. “Faith” spends twelve weeks (non-consecutive) at number one on the Billboard Top 200, six weeks at number one on the R&B album chart, and is certified 10x Platinum in the US by the RIAA, receiving a Diamond Certification.