Classic Pop: Boy George - Everything I Own Album

Written by singer David Gates as a tribute to his father after attending his funeral, Gates’ band Bread took Everything I Own to No. 5 in the US in 1972. Two years later, prolific reggae singer Ken Boothe took it to No. 1 in the UK and it was his version that Boy George echoed in his first single following Culture Club’s split. Seven months after his arrest for heroin, it appeared to mark calmer times for George as he launched his Sold album. “I’m still trying to fi nd out why I got on drugs in the first place,” he said at the time. “When I have the answer, I’ll be able to tell people ‘Look, don’t do it.’” Other covers of Everything I Own have included Shirley Bassey, *NSYNC and Rod Stewart.