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Boy George is a British singer and songwriter of international fame. Originally from Kent, England, Boy George earned global fame in the late 70s and 80s and has been known as a musical icon since.
Born on 14 June, 1961, Boy George was originally born George Alan O'Dowd. He comes from a relatively poor background, and lived in various squats around London whilst young, trying to make a name for himself. Boy George is famous for his androgynous appearance, amongst other things. His extremely unique and now iconic style earned him attention when he was young and was what launched his career. He was discovered by the music executive Malcolm McLaren, and originally asked to perform with the already established music group Bow Wow Wow.
Over his career, Boy George has worked with a number of bands: during the 80s he was the lead singer of the band Culture Club, who won Grammys and Brit Awards for their music. He also founded and performed with the group Jesus Loves You during the period 1989–1992. He is well known for his soulful voice and sings a range of different genres, from new wave and disco to soul, pop and soft rock. However, his music style is most commonly referred to as blue-eyed soul, a genre of music influenced by reggae and rhythm and blues.
In the 1990s and 2000s, Boy George went solo and his music contained more glam influences, such as the likes of David Bowie and Iggy Pop. He will always be remembered however, for being a key member of the 1970s and 80s New Romantic music movement, that occurred in England.