Paul Youngwas born as Paul Anthony Young om January 17, 1956, in Luton, England. He is an English pop musician and he is not the same Paul Young who was in the group Sad Cafť and Mike & The Mechanics. That Paul Young passed away. Paul went to work at Vauxhall Motors after he got out of school and in his spare time he played in several bands as their bass guitar player. The first group he was in as the lead singer, was Kat Kool & Kool Kats. In the 1970's he joined the group called, the Streetband. The Streetband had one Top 40 hit in the U. K. Which was, Toast, which reached number 18, in 1978. The Streetband split up in 1979 Paul formed the group called, Q-Tips. They gained some publicity with their performances but never had any hits in the U. K.. Their single called, Letter Song, did have some minor success in Europe. In 1982, the Q-Tips split up and young signed with CBS Records as a solo performer. His first two singles were, Iron Out the Rough Spots, and Love of the Common People. The songs did not have any success but the third single called, Wherever I Lay My Hat Thatís My Home (a cover of Marvin Gayeís) became a number 1 hit on the U. K. Singles chart and stayed there for 3 weeks. The song was to be the first of 14 British Top 40 Singles for Paul. His follow up single was, Come Back and Stay, hit number 4 on the singles chart in the U. K.. He re-released his, Love of the Common People, and it went to number 2, and his album, No Parlez, went platinum in some countries.
Paulís vocal chords were affected by his heavy promotional and live concerts in America, in 1984. He was unable to sing for most of the year. He did recover and was able to sing the opening line to the Band Aid single, Do They Know Itís Christmas?. He was also able to release another album called, Secret of Association. This made his future success in America, Japan, and Australia, secure.His version of Daryl Hallís, Everytime You Go Away, was his biggest worldwide hit and it was released in 1985. He continued to have problems with his vocal chords occasionally.
In 1993, Paul reformed the Q-Tips for a short series of performances. He continued to have a successful career and he sang the Crowded House track, Donít Dream Itís Over, at the Nelson Mandella 70th Birthday Tribute in 1988. In 1991, he produced a duet Senza Una Donna with Zucchero. In 1992, he sang, Radio Ga Ga, with Queen at a tribute concert for Freddie Mercury. He recorded a duet with the Group, Clannad, for the movie, Switch. The song was a cover of Joni Mitchellís called, Both Sides Now.
Paul has released 11 albums and 24 singles to date, during his music career.
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