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George Michael plays the father figure on this forgotten '80s hit

Even in 2016, the George Michael influence is still everywhere in pop culture. Movie blockbusters like Deadpool paid homage to Wham! and the recent comedy Keanu has whole scenes built around a cat-loving George Michael fanatic. If you needed a little help from Michael in the '80s, George was there to help - just ask Deon Estus who scored with his hit Heaven Help Me.

Detroit native Deon Estus latched on a the bass player for England's Wham! just in time for their landmark 1984 China tour. When Michael went solo, Estus became his bass player playing on all four of his consecutive No. 1 solo hits like Faith and Father Figure. When Estus branched out on his own, Michael was there to assist co-writing and singing backup on Heaven Help Me which reached No. 5 on the pop charts in 1989.

The video for Heaven Help Me is pretty tame with Estus mulling over supermodels. Even after scoring a Top 5 single and an album (Spell) that made the Top 100, Estus never released additional solo material but has continued to be in demand as a producer and session player.

[Last modified: Friday, June 3, 2016 1:38pm]


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