Well it's almost three years ago that the world lost George Michael and in him one of the most gifted song writers from the eighties. But with the movie "Last Christmas" and Andrew Ridgeley's book putting his music firmly back into the limelight, I figured it to be a good idea to talk about how the man did his recording sessions. Using the interview which his loyal side man gave in Guitarist Magazine in October 2010 This is session ace and hired Gun guitarist Hugh Burns, playing a tasty Walnut Roger Giffin custom number, now this Glasgow native's name won't ring everybody's bell but you sure heard and recognize his playing. That's Burns playing that simply EPIC solo In addition Burns also recorded with Paul McCartney, Jack Bruce and Albert Lee, in addition he also worked on film scores such as the "Twilight" series and "The Full Monty" so his CV is nothing to scoff at. But in the interview he reflects how working with George Michael was an effortless affair, the man himself knew what he wanted but also was wise enough to give the musicians free reign to put in their own input. Burns' first sessions with George was with WHAM! and he played on their albums "Make it big" and "The Final" For this song Burns said that the credit should go to long time bass player Deon Estus who came up with the funky Motown bass line. Burns began to play along with him, doubling the bass, giving it that Stevie Wonder "Uptight" sound. Burns also did the guitar parts for "Careless whisper" using a Japanese Kohno classical. And toured with the band through China. Again, that's nothing to scoff at. So when George Michael went to record his first solo album "Faith" Burns received the call to be there to provide axe slinging. Burns said that George asked him to use an acoustic for this song but he didn't have one with him, so they searched the studio and found this no-name metal body POS guitar which out of necessity was used on the session with every intention of deleting that track and overdubbing it with a Martin or anything else which didn't sound like a cheap toy. But it stayed in, for some reason it just glued that track together. The solo is Burns' Giffin strat into a Fender Princeton amp and overdubbed that four times, which also ended up on the song. Burns revisited his classical playing on "Father figure" and much later on "Jesus to a child" but he says that the track he's most proud of was this jazzy crooner. When asked if George Michael ever played guitar on the tracks, Burns said that there was only one occasion where he did, on the song "A different corner" where the timing was very specific and George couldn't convey how he wanted it. But he also mentioned George being a groovy bass player, he's playing bass on "Faith" and "Kissing a fool." So, as a hot shot player who did some VERY iconic recordings, what was his opinion on WHAM!'s "Other guy?" I'll quote the interview directly. "People ask if I think George is misrepresented by the media, but I think Andrew Ridgeley was: he was a great, very funky guitar player and he never got credit for that."