Boy George is 50 today. It's also been 30 years since Culture Club doused the music scene with glitter and lipstick. Wearing fantastic hats atop skinny dreads, the man born George O'Dowd sang like Smokey Robinson but looked like Cher. And the masses embraced him. Culture Club scored six top 10 hits stateside, nine in the UK.
Yes, there were drug addictions, an affair with Culture Club drummer Jon Moss, arrests, rehab stints, a Broadway flop, and a much-publicized prison sentence. Still, Boy George's star wattage has rarely dimmed over the past 30 years, and like his elder, Madonna, he's still making hits to this day. (In the UK, at least…)
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This contest is fueled by the following news: Boy George (birth name: George Alan O'Dowd) is a British singer and composer and one of the pioneers of the New Romantic movement. In the past, he was a member of groups like Culture Club and Jesus Loves You.
Boy George was born on June 14, 1961 in a large family in Kent County. Since childhood, Boy George loved to stand out and dressed brightly. He left school at the age of 15 and then lived for several years in the custody of his parents. At the age of 17, he finally left home and worked part time in supermarkets and shops. During this period, he had his first homosexual experience. Along with his friend Marilyn, George became a regular member at gay clubs in London, where he was discovered by music producer Malcolm McLaren and invited him into the group "Bow Wow Wow". He could not find luck in this group and soon, Boy George left the group to form his own project "Praise of Lemmings". The group was made up of bassist Mikey Craig, later joined by drummer Jon Moss (former member of "The Damned", "Adam and the Ants", London (group) and guitarist Roy Hay. The group changed its name several times, first to "Sex Gang Children" and the final version was "Culture Club". George and the Culture Club starred as themselves in an episode of the popular American TV series of the 1980s "The A-Team".
Boy George rose to stardom on the wave of the purely English musical phenomenon called the "New Romantic''(professed ''new romantics''), which in the early 1980s swept London clubs. Performances of George O'Dowd in bohemian clubs of London were widely covered in the music press and the popular Malcolm McLaren took the singer under his wing – George with the pseudonym "Lieutenant Lush'' began to appear in pair with Annabella Lwin of Bow Wow Wow; cthe oncert at London's "Rainbow" theatre was a huge success. The partnership was short, but Boy George has already got into the focus of interest of both audiences as well as entrepreneurs. In 1981, George met former disc jockey Mikey Craig and the couple formed the group "In Praise Of Lemmings". With the joining of drummer Jon Moss (ex-member of "Adam AndThe Ants" and "The Damned") and guitarist and keyboardist Roy Hay, the group was renamed "Culture Club". Culture Club signed a contract with Virgin Records and became one of the most popular pop UK bands within a short span of time. One of the main components of the image of the leader of Culture Club were public declarations about his unorthodox sexual orientation, which, however, did not prevent him from creating vibrant and dynamic things, that are appreciated by the British and European fans of group. But the main problem of Boy George was not his homosexuality but drug addiction: the singer used heroin.
A new scandal erupted before he could literally bury the previous one: keyboardist Michael Rudetski died of a heroin overdose, which as confirmed by police, was taken by him in the house of Boy George in London. Soon after, the singer was arrested on charges of drug possession and sentenced to forced treatment. His recovery coincided with the collapse of Culture Club and the beginning of his solo career. In the spring of 1987, Boy George released the single ''Everything I Own'', which topped the hit parade of the UK - it was the first big success since the days of the hit single ''Karma Chameleon'', which he wrote in 1983, when he was still with Culture Club. In 1988, he and a number of British rock musicians publicly opposed the so-called ''28th Amendment", directed against homosexuals. This action also helped to maintain the reputation and popularity of Boy George. A year later, he founded his own recording company "More Protein" and acted as the leader of the new group "Jesus Loves You", in a style, which reflected the new credo of the singer: white soul. In 1992, the song "The Crying Game'' (composer Dave Berry) by Boy George was used in the film with same name. The album "'Cheapness And Beauty'', released in 1995, was included in the British Top 20, which allowed Boy George to retain his place in the galaxy of highest-grossing artists from England.
In 2010, Boy George returned the icon of the "Cyprus Orthodox Church", which was stolen 37 years ago. In 1985, he bought it without knowing its origin.
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