Boy George

Boy George

Pop Singer

George Alan O'Dowd, known professionally as Boy George, is an English singer, songwriter, DJ, author and mixed media artist. Best known for his soulful voice and his androgynous appearance, Boy George has been the lead singer of the pop band Culture Club since the group's formation in 1981.

Full Name
George Alan O'Dowd
Jun 14, 1961
6′ 0″
Net Worth


Boy George, born George Alan O’Dowd on June 14, 1961, is an English singer, songwriter, DJ and fashion designer. He is best known as the lead singer of the new wave band Culture Club. He was born in Eltham, London to Dinah and Gerry O'Dowd and has two siblings. From a young age he had a keen interest in music and culture, often spending time with his friends listening to soul and punk music at local clubs.

In 1976, Boy George formed Culture Club with Jon Moss, Mikey Craig and Roy Hay. After signing with Virgin Records in 1982, the band released their debut single “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?” which was an international success and propelled them to stardom. Throughout their career they released five studio albums and achieved numerous hit singles such as “Karma Chameleon”, “Time (Clock of the Heart)” and “Victims”. In 1984 they won Best British Group at the Brit Awards as well as Best International Group at the American Music Awards.

In 1987 Boy George began a solo career with his debut album Sold which spawned three hit singles including “Everything I Own” which reached No 1 on both sides of the Atlantic. Since then he has released seven more studio albums as well as numerous collaborations with other artists such as Annie Lennox, Sir Elton John and James Brown. He has also appeared on Broadway in musicals such as Taboo for which he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in 2004.

In addition to his music career Boy George has designed clothes for several fashion labels including Giorgio Armani and Katharine Hamnett. He has also been involved in various charities supporting animal rights causes.

Life Timeline

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1961</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Boy George is Born</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On June 14, 1961, Boy George was born in Bexley, Kent, England.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1977</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Forms Punk Band</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Forms the punk band, The Bow Wow Wow.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1980</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Forms Culture Club</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Forms the pop band Culture Club with Jon Moss, Mikey Craig and Roy Hay.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1982</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Releases Debut Album</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Releases the debut album "Kissing to Be Clever" with Culture Club.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1984</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Wins Grammy Award</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Wins a Best New Artist Grammy Award for his work with Culture Club.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1986</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Solo Album Released</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Releases his first solo album, "Sold".</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1987</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Goes on Solo World Tour</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Launches his first solo world tour, the "'Sold' World Tour".</p></div>

Why We Love Them

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">A.</span> Innovative Music</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Boy George is a pioneer of pop music who has created an innovative and unique sound. His music is often upbeat, catchy and creative and he has helped shape the sound of popular music today.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">B.</span> Unique Fashion Sense</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Boy George has always had a unique fashion sense and his style has been influential in the music industry. He is known for his colorful outfits, flamboyant hairstyles and outrageous makeup.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">C.</span> Charitable Work</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Boy George is a passionate advocate for social change and he has used his voice to help others. He is actively involved in numerous charitable causes, including animal welfare and LGBT rights.</p></div>

Interesting Facts

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">1.</span> First Male Solo Artist to Reach No.1 in the UK</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Boy George became the first male solo artist in the UK to reach number 1 in the album charts with his debut album, ‘Sold’.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">2.</span> Performed with David Bowie</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Boy George performed alongside David Bowie at the Live Aid Concert in 1985.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">3.</span> Had a US Top 40 Hit</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Boy George had his first US top 40 hit with ‘Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?’ which reached number 3 on the Billboard chart in 1982.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">4.</span> Appeared in The Muppet Show</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Boy George made a guest appearance on The Muppet Show in 1984 performing ‘Everything I Own’.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">5.</span> Released a Comic Book</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">In 1983, Boy George released his own comic book called ‘The Adventures of Boy George and Culture Club’.</p></div>


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