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Boy GeorgePictured on the right is Boy George who we here at Smiler affectionately like to call Georgie Boy! Georgie Boy enjoyed massive success during the eighties with his band Culture Club. They made the UK Top Ten no fewer than eight times between 1982 and 1986 with hits like "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me" and "Karma Chameleon"! His first solo outing "Everything I Own" topped the charts in 1987. Sadly, nowadays he is more famous for playing dance records to ravers in London nightclubs than exercising his great voice.

During the eighties, Rod was quoted as saying "Boy George is the best white soul singer since me!" Georgie Boy has also expressed admiration for Rod on several occasions.

Writing in his autobiography ("Take It Like A Man", Pan, £5.99) about the time he appeared on the same bill as Rod at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, he said "Rod Stewart sang "Dock Of The Bay" casually and soulfully, which made us all look like we had white man's disease".

Pictured on the left is The Duchess of York who is known to her friends here at Smiler as Fergie! Fergie met Rod a few years ago when they both attended a party at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles to honour another famous Smiler reader, Hilary Clinton!

When Fergie isn't busy signing copies of her autobiography in bookshops or sipping cranberry juice, there's nothing she likes more than to settle down with a copy of Smiler and read all about the worlds No. 1 rock'n'roller.

Honest though, the Duchess of York was really nice to us when we asked her to pose for this picture and told us: "Rod's alright!"

Paul YoungPictured on the right is the worlds second best white soul singer Paul Young! Paul, who was often compared to Rod in the early eighties, treated Smiler to a visual impression of Rod and told us about the first time the pair met. Apparently it was in a London nightclub, probably Springfellowes, in the summer of 1983 just after "Wherever I Lay My Hat" knocked "Baby Jane" from the No. 1 slot. When we showed Paul photographic evidence of this historic meeting, Paul exclaimed: "Good God! Look at my lapels - did I really wear that jacked?".

Since that first meeting the two singers have become firm friends and have been to many parties together, as well as the odd football match!

Cyndi Lauper
Pictured on the left is the fairly popular American singer Cyndi Lauper. In 1985 Cyndi dueted with Rod at a Los Angeles AIDS benefit concert on the songs "People Get Ready", "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" and "Time After Time". Since then, the pair have been good friends.

We assume Rod is able to get more sense out of Cyndi than Smiler did when we bumped into her - she certainly comes across as being a few tracks short of an album! She told us Rod was a jerk and tried to steal the show at the AIDS benefit. She could have been joking - but who can tell? However, a member of her crew gave us tickets for one of her UK shows and very good it was too!

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