John Paul Young
Australian singer
John Paul Young
John Paul Young OAM, known as JPY or Squeak to fans, is a Scottish-born Australian pop singer who had a 1978 worldwide hit with "Love Is in the Air". Initially performing as John Young, he was associated with songwriters/producers Vanda & Young, who provided him with "Love Is in the Air", "Yesterday's Hero", "I Hate the Music" and "Standing in the Rain".
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Apollo 10 astronauts heard 'outer space' music during 1969 moon mission
Yahoo News - 12 months
Apollo 10 astronauts heard what they described as "outer space type music" during their historic mission around the dark side of the moon in 1969, according to a NASA audio tape. Crew members Eugene Cernan and John Young discuss the odd whistling sound in the tape that was confidential in 1969 at the height of the space race with the Soviet Union. NASA said the tape, which was featured on the U.S. Science cable network earlier this week, was made publicly available since 1973. A NASA engineer said the unusual sound was interference between the module and the mission command center's radios.
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Soldier Arrested Over Role In 1972 Bloody Sunday Massacre
Huffington Post - over 1 year
DUBLIN (AP) — Detectives investigating the biggest mass killing by British troops in Northern Ireland, the Bloody Sunday massacre in 1972, on Tuesday arrested on suspicion of murder one of the soldiers who opened fire that day — the first detention of its kind following decades of demands for justice. A special police unit probing killings from the Northern Ireland conflict, the Legacy Investigation Branch, said it was interrogating the 66-year-old former member of the Parachute Regiment, the elite force that shot to death 13 Catholic protesters in the Bogside district of Londonderry. Catholic leaders and lawyers representing relatives of the dead welcomed the arrest and said they expected more retired soldiers to be arrested. The detained man was identified as a former soldier who had testified, with his identity concealed, to two fact-finding investigations about his role in shooting at protesters when he was a 23-year-old lance corporal. To the fury of Irish nationalists, th ...
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One corned beef sandwich for mankind: How astronauts took forbidden food onto Nasa's first two-man spaceflight 50 years ago
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 2 years
The Gemini 3 mission of 23 March 1965, launched from Florida, was shrouded in controversy when astronaut John Young snuck a corned beef sandwich (pictured in a museum) on board.
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San Diegans Witness Meteor Shower's Bright Flash Across Sky - KPBS
Google News - over 3 years
ABC News San Diegans Witness Meteor Shower's Bright Flash Across Sky KPBS People from Santa Barbara to San Diego reported seeing fireballs streaking across the sky Wednesday night. Videos taken of the event show a light lasting only few quick seconds before disappearing. John Young of the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in ... Fireball in Southern California skymyfoxny.com Bright Lights in Sky Probably Meteors, Weather Service SaysKTLA Fireball lights up sky and Twitter as new meteor study releasedExaminer.com all 64 news articles »
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This Elephant Family Reunion Might Be Better Than Your Family Reunion (VIDEO)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
At Addo Elephant Park in South Africa, a lucky viewer captured the magical moment when baby and mother reunited with father and older sibling. Joan Young, who posted the video, says there were hundreds of elephants in the park, and she couldn't understand how the family was able to recognize each other. It turns out that elephants have a variety of ways to call and identify clan members. They can detect vibrations and use acoustic, visual, tactile and chemical signals to communicate. They're also highly social animals with close family ties, according to elephant behaviorist Dr. Joyce Poole of the Wild For Life Foundation. And unlike some reunions you may have attended, this one seemed to have no family drama at all. Enjoy. Via Joan Young
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Why Coastal Restoration Is Imperative For The Gulf
Huffington Post - over 3 years
NEW ORLEANS -- Wildlife tourism, from hunting and fishing to bird and dolphin watching, is a $19 billion-a-year business along the Gulf of Mexico, and states spending their settlement money from the 2010 BP oil spill should focus on restoring ecologically sensitive areas that keep guides, hotels and others working, a study says. The study, commissioned by the Environmental Defense Fund and the Walton Family Foundation, was released Tuesday at a replica of a historic lighthouse while the seafood restaurant next door geared up for lunch and sailboats set out on Lake Ponchartrain. Wildlife tourism brings in 20 million visitors who pay $5.3 billion a year in federal state and local taxes, according to the study, which drew financial and tourist data from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the federal Bureau of Labor Standards and from parish and county tourism bureaus. Wildlife watching draws 11.5 million people a year to Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and ...
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Pixar: Top 12 movie moments
Entertainment Weekly - over 3 years
By John Young As ''Monsters University'' hits theaters, we look back at studio's filmography and rank our favorite scenes
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John Paul Young brings sixties and seventies nostaglia to Super Dance
Cairns - over 3 years
ICONIC Australian vocalist John Paul Young adds a touch of international class to the annual '60s and '70s Super Dance this weekend at Cairns Showgrounds.
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Remains ID'd as 13-year-old Hailey Dunn, Texas cheerleader missing since 2010
Fox News - almost 4 years
The remains of a 13-year-old Texas cheerleader Hailey Dunn have been found more than two years after she was reported missing. Hailey's remains were found in a remote West Texas location last month, and the Texas Department of Public Safety informed her mother, Billie Jean Dunn on Friday that the remains are her daughter's, attorney John Young said. "She's trying to process the entirety of this," Young said. "She has to process that Hailey isn't coming home." Scurry County Sheriff Trey Wilson said later Friday at a news conference that the remains were found near Lake J.B. Thomas in Scurry County on March 16. The girl's disappearance and cause of death remain under investigation. Officials are expected to hold a news conference Friday afternoon. Hailey had been the subject of months of intensive searches in and around her hometown of Colorado City and surrounding fields and landfills. More than 100 billboards featuring her picture and information about the case have b ...
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UK abattoir linked to Dutch distributor investigated over horsemeat scandal
Guardian (UK) - almost 4 years
Evidence emerges of lorry movements between Red Lion slaughterhouse, closed two weeks ago, and Oss in Netherlands A British slaughterhouse that was shut down two weeks ago has been linked for the first time to the Dutch distributors currently being investigated as part of the alleged multimillion-euro meat fraud. The Guardian has seen documentary evidence of lorry movements from the Red Lion slaughterhouse in Cheshire, which was ordered to halt operations by the UK authorities last week, to Willy Selten's meat processing companies in Oss, in the Netherlands. It is potentially the first established link between the two companies that are part of the authorities' international inquiries into the horsemeat scandal. Presented with the documentary evidence of lorry movements collected by the animal welfare group Hillside Sanctuary, the Red Lion abattoir confirmed that it had delivered several consignments of horse to Oss in 2012. John Young, spokesman for the Turner family who own Red ...
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Apollo Crew Joked About 'Turds,' Hilarious Transcript Shows
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Putting humans on the moon was serious business. But decades after NASA's Apollo missions, people are having some laughs over transcripts of astronauts' humorous conversations aboard the spacecraft. The source of the zero-G levity? Poop jokes. For all their technological sophistication, the Apollo command module had a relatively primitive system for managing human waste. Astronauts deposited their feces in "a plastic bag which was taped to the buttocks." Perhaps unsurprisingly, the system didn't always work as envisioned. One problem the astronauts made light of: "Turds" that occasionally floated through the capsule. A transcript of the 1969 Apollo 10 mission, manned by commander Tom Stafford, lunar module pilot Gene Cernan, and command module pilot John Young, is reminiscent of the classic scene in "Caddyshack" in which a candy bar is mistaken for a "doodie." "Oh -- Who did it?" Tom Stafford asks at one point. Confused, Young and Cernan reply, "Who did what?" ...
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'Fierce Opponent Of Government Secrets' Perseveres As Others Struggle
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
NEW YORK -- The FBI came calling after maps of urban rail tunnels and gas lines were posted online. Microsoft aggressively complained following the website's publication of a confidential handbook on company policies for helping police. Other critics have gone further, warning that some of the postings could aid America's enemies. Yet Cryptome carries on. The website, unfamiliar to the general public, is well-known in circles where intelligence tactics, government secrets and whistle-blowing are primary concerns. Since its creation in 1996, Cryptome has amassed more than 70,000 files – including lists of secret agents, high-resolution photos of nuclear power plants, and much more. Its co-founder and webmaster, a feisty 77-year-old architect, doesn't hesitate when asked why. "I'm a fierce opponent of government secrets of all kinds," says John Young. "The scale is tipped so far the other way that I'm willing to stick my neck out and say there should be none." ...
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Man sought in deaths of 2 found in South Carolina barrels
Fox News - over 4 years
Authorities in South Carolina are looking for a man they say killed two people whose bodies were found in separate barrels in a lake. Anderson County deputies said Friday that 35-year-old John Young is charged with two counts of murder. Authorities say 37-year-old Andrea Mitchell and 52-year-old Tony McGinnis died from head injuries suffered in a beating a month ago. Mitchell's body was found Wednesday in a plastic barrel that was partially submerged in Lake Hartwell. Deputies returned to the lake Thursday and found McGinnis' dismembered body in a metal barrel about 10 feet under water. Deputies say they found a chain saw and machetes at Young's home, near where the bodies were found. Investigators say a man already in custody is charged as an accessory for allegedly helping Young get rid of the bodies.
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Art Notes: Brevard College artists reception set for Friday
Blue Ridge Now - over 4 years
Brevard College artists reception set for Friday BREVARD — The Brevard College Art Department is hosting an opening reception for an exhibition of work by the college's art faculty from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday in the Spiers Gallery in the Sims Art Center. Working in a variety of two-and-three dimensional media, Brevard College faculty artists participating include Bill Byers, Jo Pumphrey and Kyle Lusk, as well as adjunct faculty Aaron Alderman, Ken McLeskey, Lori Park and Ike Wheeless. Professor Emeritus Tim Murray will also exhibit his work. The exhibit displays until Nov. 2. The reception and exhibit are free. For more information, call 828-884-8188. Oil-painting class for teens at Tryon center Tryon Fine Arts Center is offering a foundational college-level oil painting class with artist Margaret Curtis for motivated middle and high school students beginning Saturday and continuing through Dec. 8 at the center, 34 Melrose Ave., Tryon. The course will be offered in three ...
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Concklin named music director and conductor of the Orchestras
Blue Ridge Now - over 4 years
John Young Shik Concklin has accepted the position of music director and conductor of the Hendersonville Symphony Youth Orchestras. The 2012-13 season marks the 30th anniversary of the Hendersonville Symphony Youth Orchestras. "HSYO is poised to make a difference in our community, affecting the lives of our youth in a positive way," Concklin said. "We aim to not only improve their musicianship, but their citizenry as well." He replaces Michael Weaver, who served in the position since 2007. Concklin, a conductor and violist, most recently completed an assistantship at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Prior to that, he served as associate conductor and creative director of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra, where his main duties included conducting and administrating the 400-student youth orchestra program and leading various educational and family concerts. In his spare time, he also served as the founder of the strings program at Mount Paran Christian School as well as mai ...
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Man Cave : John Young, Committee, Association of Independent Retirees
Cairns - over 4 years
MAN CAVE: A dedicated area of a house, such as a basement, workshop or garage, where a man can be alone or socialise with his friends. www.mancavesite.org. <br>
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Days after Isaac hit the Gulf Coast, thousands are still without power in La., Miss.
Fox News - over 4 years
Tens of thousands of customers remained in the dark Monday in Louisiana and Mississippi, days after Isaac inundated the Gulf Coast with a deluge that still has some low-lying areas under water. Most of those were in Louisiana, where utilities reported more than 100,000 people without power as of Monday morning. Thousands also were without power in Mississippi and Arkansas. Thousands of evacuees remained at shelters or bunked with friends or relatives. "My family is split up," said Angela Serpas, from severely flooded Braithwaite in Plaquemines Parish. Serpas and her daughter were staying with her in-laws while her husband and son were staying in Belle Chasse, a suburban area of the parish. "This is the second time we've lost our home. We lost it in Katrina," she said. Meanwhile, inspectors from the Federal Emergency Management Agency are out trying to get a handle on losses. Residents can apply for grants t ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of John Paul Young
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2012
    Age 61
    In 2012, Young was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) "for service to the performing arts as a singer and songwriter, and through support for a range of charitable organisations".
    More Details Hide Details The APRA Awards are presented annually from 1982 by the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA).
  • FIFTIES
  • 2009
    Age 58
    Young was inducted by Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) into its Hall of Fame in 2009 alongside Kev Carmody, The Dingoes, Little Pattie and Mental As Anything.
    More Details Hide Details This induction recognised his achievement of a "significant body of recorded work" and that he "had a cultural impact within Australia". Arranged chronologically: John Paul Young and the Allstars John Paul Young's Allstars
    On 27 August 2009, Young was inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame alongside Kev Carmody, The Dingoes, Little Pattie and Mental As Anything.
    More Details Hide Details Upon the announcement Young said, "It's an honour to be inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame, now point me to the lounge room, I wonder who's in there." At the ceremony, Meldrum inducted Young who then performed, "I Hate the Music", "Yesterday's Hero" and "Love is in the Air". He appeared on the Australian Season 2 Semi Final of Celebrity Apprentice where he mentored one of the teams. He was reprimanded by Ben Dark who thought he wasn't putting in enough. He also appeared on the fifteenth season of Dancing with the Stars. During the 1980s, Young's 1978 hit "Love is in the Air", was adopted by fans of Scottish Premier League football team Dundee United as an unofficial club anthem. Played since then at many home matches, it was sung in its entirety by an estimated 28,000 fans before and after the 2010 Scottish Cup Final held on 15 May at Hampden Park in Glasgow.
    On 27 August 2009, Young was inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame alongside Kev Carmody, The Dingoes, Little Pattie and Mental As Anything.
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  • 2008
    Age 57
    Young then worked on a musical comedy titled Van Park, in 2008, which focuses on "a group of fellow music lovers have gathered to live out their remaining years" in a caravan park.
    More Details Hide Details Young plays Akbar, one of the co-owners of the park.
  • 2006
    Age 55
    Young appeared on the Countdown Spectacular concert series in Australia during June–August in 2006 as a performer, and on the Countdown Spectacular 2 during August–September 2007, both as a performer and, alongside Meldrum, as a co-host.
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    2006 saw Young return to the studio at Flashpoint Music to record his first album of new material in many years In Too Deep, for which he reunited with Vanda as producer and principal songwriter.
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  • 2005
    Age 54
    In 2005 Young reprised his role as Gus Sharkey in the musical, 'Leader of the Pack'.
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  • 2004
    Age 53
    Young was a mentor for contestants on music talent show, Popstars Live, which was broadcast on Seven Network from February 2004, one of the judges on the show was Ian Meldrum.
    More Details Hide Details Another judge, Christine Anu, quit and Young also left in April, a spokesperson for the producers of Popstars Live denied that he had been sacked.
  • 2002
    Age 51
    For the associated Long Way to the Top Tour in August–September 2002, Young re-formed the All-Star Band with Juan Gonzales on guitar, Warren Morgan on piano, Ronnie Peel on bass guitar, Greg Plimmer on drums and Michael Walker on synthesiser.
    More Details Hide Details From 12 October 2003, ABC broadcast, Love Is in the Air, a five-part documentary on Australian pop music with "Episode 3: Strange Fruit" describing Countdown and how Young was made into a pop star.
  • 2001
    Age 50
    From 8 August 2001, ABC-TV broadcast a six-part documentary, Long Way to the Top which chronicled 50 years of rock 'n' roll in Australia, Young featured in "Episode 4: Berserk warriors 1973–1981".
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  • FORTIES
  • 2000
    Age 49
    In 2000, he played to his largest audience as a featured performer at the closing ceremony of the 2000 Summer Olympics.
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  • 1998
    Age 47
    Young returned to Germany in 1998 with The Allstar band for a month-long tour through both East and West Germany.
    More Details Hide Details On returning to Australia Young joined the stage production of 'Leader of the Pack' playing the role of Gus Sharkey (aka Phil Spector).
  • 1997
    Age 46
    In 1997, Young made two trips to Germany following invitations to perform on a host of national and European television specials.
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  • 1994
    Age 43
    On 4 November 1994, Young became a naturalised Australian citizen and received his papers from then Prime Minister, Paul Keating.
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    In 1994 Young left 105.3 NEWFM in Newcastle and joined 2CH in Sydney, which only lasted six months.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1989
    Age 38
    Young had ceased recording new music by 1989 and concentrated on a second career as a disc jockey until the film Strictly Ballroom was released in 1992.
    More Details Hide Details Featuring a new version of "Love Is in the Air," the film was a success throughout the world, and Young's single once again peaked at No. 3 on the Australian Singles Charts in October, and was a top 50 hit in the UK.
    Newcastle's first FM radio station, New FM, was preparing to open in 1989 and Young was asked to head their All-Australian programme, Oz Made Mondays.
    More Details Hide Details The programme was successful with Young moving through the ranks of the station to Morning Announcer garnering four No. 1 rating spots for his Breakfast and Drive Time programmes along the way.
  • 1988
    Age 37
    In late 1988, Young and his family moved to Lake Macquarie near Newcastle.
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    On 25 January 1988 Young performed in the 'Royal Command, New South Wales Bicentennial Concert' in front of the Prince and Princess of Wales at the Sydney Entertainment Centre.
    More Details Hide Details Televised across Australia, the event was viewed by over 10 million people and prompted an invitation to appear at World Expo 88 in Brisbane.
  • 1986
    Age 35
    Young released two more one-off singles, "Spain", in October 1986 and "Don't Sing that Song", in June 1989.
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  • 1983
    Age 32
    He signed to the Australian branch of German label I.C. Records in 1983 and flew to Germany with producer, composer and keyboard player John Capek (ex-Carson) to start recording a new album, with sessions at studios in Hanover, Munich, Los Angeles, Melbourne and Sydney.
    More Details Hide Details Most of the material was co-written by Capek and Canadian Marc Jordan, together with a Young and Morgan composition "Cryin' Eyes". The resulting album, One Foot in Front was released in March 1984, it was renamed Soldier of Fortune for the European market. The title track, "Soldier of Fortune", peaked at No. 17 on the national singles chart, other singles "War Games" (January 1984), "L.A. Sunset" (1984) and "Call the Night" (1984) all failed to chart into the top 50, possibly due to the demise of the record company. "Soldier of Fortune" gained further prominence when it was picked as the theme song for the 1984 Summer Paralympics held in New York City, and also went on to be a hit in Germany.
  • 1981
    Age 30
    He used session musicians for his 1960s' covers album, The Singer released in 1981 but neither Heaven Sent nor The Singer reached the top 50.
    More Details Hide Details Young turned to a more contemporary electropop sound and adult oriented style.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1980
    Age 29
    By mid-1980 Young had left Albert Productions and ended his association with Vanda & Young.
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  • 1979
    Age 28
    The 1979 line-up of The All Stars were, Ray Arnott (ex-The Dingoes) on drums, Tony Buchanan on saxophone, Miller and Morgan, with Vanda & Young briefly joining on guitars to record Heaven Sent released in September.
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  • 1978
    Age 27
    As a result of his popularity in Australia he was crowned 'King of Pop' in October 1978. "Love Is in the Air" also won 'Most Popular Australian Single' and Vanda & Young won both 'Best Australian Record Producer' and 'Best Australian Songwriter' at the same King of Pop Awards.
    More Details Hide Details Subsequent singles, "The Day that My Heart Caught Fire" which peaked in the top 20, and "Heaven Sent" continued the disco style.
    His next single, "Love Is in the Air", became a worldwide hit during 1978, peaking at No. 3 on the Australian charts in May, No. 7 in the US Billboard Hot 100, and No. 5 in the UK singles chart.
    More Details Hide Details Also in May, Jacques De Jongh (Hush) had replaced McDermott on bass guitar in The All Stars. The associated album, Love Is in the Air, was released in October and reached the top 40 on the Australian albums chart. European chart success for "Love Is in the Air" included, No. 2 in Norway and Sweden, No. 3 in Austria and Germany, No. 5 in Switzerland and No. 9 in the Netherlands. The song peaked at No. 2 in South Africa.
    In January 1978, Young released a disco single titled "Standing in the Rain", originally the B-side to 1976's "Keep on Smilin'", "Standing in the Rain" became a No. 11 hit in Austria, No. 3 in the Netherlands and peaked at No. 4 in Germany, selling over 400,000 copies.
    More Details Hide Details The European success prompted local radio stations to play "Standing in the Rain" and it peaked at No. 12 on the national singles charts in March 1978.
  • 1976
    Age 25
    In the 1976 Rolling Stone interview, Young gives an insight into working with the Vanda/Young team: After I recorded Pasadena our relationship just developed.
    More Details Hide Details They play me their songs and say: "See what you think of this." Usually I like it, sometimes I don't. Sometimes I pick out something they've written and say "I want to do this", like I did with Things to do. (For the JPY album), we worked out some of the songs on the road. Others are worked out in the studio and some, like Standing in the Rain are produced by the studio system. Harry and George work it out and I come in later to do the vocal. During 1976 various Allstars members issued their own recordings. Winters left to join Mondo Rock by January 1977, Peel switched to rhythm guitar, Phil Manning (Chain) on guitar and Dallas McDermott on bass guitar had joined. This line-up recorded his third album, Green, released in May, Manning left in June to be replaced by Ian Miller.
    Young's second album, J.P.Y., released in September 1976, which also peaked at No. 9, it contained three tracks co-written by Young with Morgan, including "Painting".
    More Details Hide Details The next singles "Here We Go" and "Where the Action Is" however did not reach the top 30. In addition to his Australian success, Young achieved top 20 hit singles in Sweden, with "Yesterday's Hero" and "I Hate the Music", and in South Africa where "I Hate the Music" and "Yesterday's Hero" were No. 1 hits, and "Keep on Smilin'" and "I Wanna Do It with You" were top ten hits.
  • 1975
    Age 24
    Young's debut album, Hero, produced by Vanda and Young, was released in October 1975 on Albert Productions/EMI, which peaked at No. 9 on the Australian Album charts.
    More Details Hide Details Ray Goodwin (ex-Dragon) replaced Borich on guitar in The Allstars. A string of top 10 hits, written and produced by Vanda & Young, followed in Australia including "Love Game" (peaked at No. 4 in September 1975), "I Hate the Music" (No. 2, April 1976) and "I Wanna Do It with You" (No. 7, May 1977).
    Young headlined his first concert tour over the Christmas period of 1975–6, preferring to use local bands as their support acts.
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    In May/June 1975, Young initially toured with Stevie Wright, where he would be introduced in the middle of the show to perform Pasadena and Yesterday's Hero.
    More Details Hide Details His next tour was with Sherbet and Stylus, with the latter also being his backing band. It was during this tour, Warren "Pig" Morgan was the musical director. "(Stylus) backed me with good vocal harmonies. They were beautiful," Young said at the time. After Stevie Wright stopped touring, the All-Stars were free to tour with Young.
    His next single was "Yesterday's Hero", which was released in March 1975, a song about the fleeting nature of pop stardom which clearly drew on Vanda & Young's own experiences as former teen idols.
    More Details Hide Details The single shot into the national charts in April and gave Young his first top ten hit, reaching No. 8 on the Australian singles chart and staying at No. 1 on the Melbourne charts for six weeks before being replaced by Hush's "Boney Maroney". The single sold strongly in the United States, where it reached No. 44 on the Cash Box Top 100 in February 1976. It was subsequently covered by the Bay City Rollers. One of the key factors in the Australian success of "Yesterday's Hero" was the film clip made to promote it, which enabled the song to be given heavy exposure on Countdown, which had just switched to its new one-hour Sunday evening format, following the official start of colour TV broadcasting on 1 March 1975. Young's debut performance on Countdown had him miming "Yesterday's Hero" while dressed in a sailor's suit surrounded on an island stage with a studio audience of screaming teen girls. He was dragged off the stage three times by audience members and the microphone cord was ripped out but the song continued uninterrupted. ABC TV producer, Michael Shrimpton believes his show, Countdown, played a big part in making "Yesterday's Hero" and Young a teen pop success.
  • 1974
    Age 23
    Young's third single "It's Only Love" was released in March 1974 but failed to chart in the top 50.
    More Details Hide Details The B Side was a track called Bad Trip. Young said "no one liked it. It was a disappointment. It was about suicide but they must've thought it was about drugs because of the title. It wasn't banned or anything, they just didn't play it." He considered a part in Godspell but decided against it, preferring to go back to sheet metal work. He left the job after a day and a half due to being hassled by the boss.
  • 1973
    Age 22
    Young renewed his association with Albert Productions, signing with them as a solo artist. Vanda & Young had returned to Australia from UK in 1973, after his stint in Superstar, they took over as his producers and resumed writing songs for him.
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  • 1972
    Age 21
    He performed the song on Happening 70 on Channel Ten."Pasadena" peaked at No. 16 in the Australian Singles charts in early 1972.
    More Details Hide Details It was followed by "You Drive Me Crazy" which was released in February 1973 but failed to chart. In addition to the above line up of Elmtree, George Taylor was the drummer directly before Young left to go into Jesus Christ Superstar then embark on his solo career. During this period, the band competed in the Hoadley's Battle of the Sounds coming third in the Hornsby heat to Sherbet (1st) and Jeff St John & Copperwine (2nd). At the time, Elmtree played "Gipsy" and "Walking in Your Shadow", two Uriah Heep covers. At this point, Young got a manager Dal Myles who got him a role in the Melbourne production of The Jesus Christ Revolution. The show opened and closed in six weeks. However, it was being seen in this production, Young received a telegram from Jim Sharman who wanted him to audition as Annas for Harry M. Miller’s original Australian production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice rock musical Jesus Christ Superstar. The show premiered in Sydney on 4 May 1972, and, as well as established theatrical performers, the cast featured leading pop-rock artists: Trevor White, Robin Ramsay, Jon English, Doug Parkinson, Stevie Wright (ex-The Easybeats), Marcia Hines and Reg Livermore. Young remained with the production until it closed in February 1974, the production broke theatrical attendance records in its two-year season, and whilst it provided him with a public profile, it left him at a loose end when it concluded.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1970
    Age 19
    Elm Tree gained a moderate following around Sydney, and after being spotted by producer Martin Erdman, they cut one single for his Du Monde label, a cover of UK band Marmalade's "Rainbow", which was released through Festival in November 1970, but did not peak into the top 50 Australian singles charts.
    More Details Hide Details In mid-1971 they entered the New South Wales heats of the Hoadley's Battle of the Sounds and got as far as the Sydney finals, but they didn't make it through to the national final, and so never managed to break out of the Sydney suburban dance circuit. For Young, a major break occurred at an Elm Tree performance when visiting producer and manager, Simon Napier-Bell, heard them in a pub in Newcastle. He persuaded Young to sign as a solo artist to Albert Productions—the company that had produced Australia's top 1960s group The Easybeats. Napier-Bell then produced Young's first hit single, "Pasadena", at Armstrong Studios in Melbourne; it was co-written by George Young (no relation) and Harry Vanda of The Easybeats, together with British actor David Hemmings who was a partner in Napier-Bell's label, SNB Records. Vanda & Young also produced AC/DC and other Albert Productions artists. All he had to do was sing over the demo tape Vanda/Young had sent from London. Rolling Stone magazine, 4 November 1976: "John Paul Young – Today's Reluctant Hero" by Ken Quinnel, pp: 45–6 The single was released under the name, John Young, later releases used "John Paul Young" to avoid confusion with Johnny Young (no relation), the 1960s pop star and Young Talent Time (1971–1988 TV show) presenter.
  • 1967
    Age 16
    Initially performing as John Young, his first involvement in music began in late 1967 when he formed a band, Elm Tree, with schoolmates.
    More Details Hide Details The other members included Robert (Slim) Barnett on bass guitar, Ollie Chojnacki on guitar, Phillip Edwards (drums 1968–1971, 1972–1976), Andy Imlah on co-lead vocals, Dave Kaentek, Ron Mazurkiewicz on keyboards and Geoff Watts on drums, George Taylor 1971–1972.
  • 1962
    Age 11
    Young was born John Inglis Young in Bridgeton, Glasgow, Scotland, and his family emigrated to Australia, arriving in Sydney on Australia Day (26 January) 1962 when he was aged 11.
    More Details Hide Details After finishing schooling, he started an apprenticeship as a sheet metal worker.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1950
    Born
    Born on June 21, 1950.
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