The English singer of a blue-eyed soul gained great fame in the 80s, performing cover versions of compositions of other groups, whereas his own works had moderate success. Paul Anthony Young was born on January 17, 1956 in Luton (the County of Bedfordshire, England). In childhood, the boy began to be interested in music, learned to play the piano and then the guitar. On leaving school, he worked together at a local office of automobile plant, and at night, played a bass guitar in different bands, dreaming sometimes to become the singer.
About Paul Young
The Time of Compromises
It was time of compromises for Paul as the soul, which wasn’t enjoying special popularity at that time in England, was his favourite musical style. Soon he was invited as a soloist in the local “Kat Kool & The Kool Kats” team better known as “Streetband” subsequently. In 1979, “Streetband” breaks up and Paul Young forms a new-wave group “Q-Tips”.
Thanks to intensive tour activity of the collective in the next three years in England and Europe, the handsome man Paul managed to improve the vocal skills and to draw attention of the public. Therefore, when the group broke up at the end of 1982 after unsuccessful attempts to receive the contract with any record company, Paul went to the solo career, supported by CBS/SONY Records.
“Iron Out The Rough Spots” (1982) was the first single let out in Britain. Despite vigorous promotion by radio stations, the composition didn't become a hit. The same fate had the following release “Love Of the Common People”. The success came after “Wherever I Lay My Hat” (a cover version of the song of Marvin Gaye), which held the 1st place of national charts in 1983. “Ku Ku Kurama” became a hit also. The debut album “No Parlez”, which followed the release of the single, occupied the top lines of the European charts, and the composition “Come Back & Stay” gave Young a world fame.