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Paul Young
Paul Young in 2017
Paul Young in 2017
Background information
Birth namePaul Antony Young
Born (1956-01-17) 17 January 1956 (age 65)
Luton, England
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, musician
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, bass guitar
Years active1978–present
LabelsColumbia Records
MCA Records
Spectra Records
Associated actsKat Kool & The Kool Kats
Pino Palladino

Paul Antony Young[4][5] (born 17 January 1956)[6][7] is an English singer, songwriter and musician. Formerly the frontman of the short-lived bands Kat Kool & the Kool Cats, Streetband and Q-Tips, he became a teen idol with his solo success in the 1980s. His hit singles include "Love of the Common People", "Wherever I Lay My Hat", "Come Back and Stay", "Every Time You Go Away" and "Everything Must Change", all reaching the top 10 of the UK Singles Chart.[8] Released in 1983, his debut album No Parlez, the first of three UK number-one albums, made him a household name.[8] His smooth yet soulful voice belonged to a genre known as "blue-eyed soul". At the 1985 Brit Awards, Young received the award for Best British Male.[9] Associated with the Second British Invasion of the US,[10] "Every Time You Go Away" reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1985. It also won Best British Video at the 1986 Brit Awards.[11]

In July 1985, Young appeared at Live Aid held at Wembley Stadium, London, performing the Band Aid hit "Do They Know It's Christmas?" (having sung the opening lines on the original single release), and his own hits "Come Back and Stay" and "Every Time You Go Away", with Alison Moyet joining him on stage to perform "That's The Way Love Is".[12] Since the mid-1990s, Young has performed with his band Los Pacaminos.[13]

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  2. ^ "New Wave (Top Artists) (4/4)". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Archived from the original on 26 October 2010. Retrieved 6 October 2013.
  3. ^ "Paul Young". mtv.com. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Home". Paul-young.com. Archived from the original on 2 January 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  5. ^ Paul Young (Paul Young) on Myspace. MySpace.com. Retrieved 20 January 2012
  6. ^ HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO Paul Young. Topix. Retrieved 20 January 2012
  7. ^ England & Wales Birth Marriage and Death Indexes 1837–2005. Ancestry.com. Retrieved 28 January 2012
  8. ^ a b Paul Young: Official Charts Five number one albums and number one single (retrieved 19 August 2007)
  9. ^ "1985 – Best British Male – Paul Young". Brits.co.uk. Retrieved 7 July 2012
  10. ^ Booth, Cathy (8 June 1984). "The second British invasion: How It Really Happened". The Prescott Courier. United Press International. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  11. ^ "1986 Brit Awards - Winners". Brits.co.uk. Retrieved 7 July 2012
  12. ^ Paul Young & A. Moyet That's The Way Love Is @ Live Aid 85. YouTube. Retrieved 24 January 2012
  13. ^ Los Pacaminos – Home. Retrieved 24 January 2012
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