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Paul Young Biography


Born in 1956, Paul Young is, along with composer David Arnold, the most famous name in music to come out of Luton, Bedfordshire.

The 1980s were the most successful decade for Young, with his genuinely great album of 1983, 'No Parlez', and having number ones both sides of the Atlantic - 'Wherever I Lay My Hat (1983 UK number one)' and 'Everytime You Go Away (1985 UK and US number one)'. He sang the opening line on the legendary Band Aid 1984 Christmas number one, 'Do They Know It's Christmas?', and was the link act between Britain and America at Live Aid in 1985. He also sang at the 1989 Nelson Mandela Tribute Concert, and sang 'Radio Ga Ga' at the 1992 Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert, with Queen.

Paul Young was often thought of, in the '80s, as both the best live act in the business, along with Bruce Springsteen, and Britain's best male soul singer. Throat problems have hindered Paul's career, but he's come a long way from the unfulfilled promise of The Q-Tips, and the 1978 novelty record, 'Toast' - from his Streetband days.

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PAUL YOUNG CDs available from - in association with
Paul Young - No Parlez No Parlez
~Paul Young
Columbia (Audio CD) - October 1, 2001
The Secret of Association The Secret of Association
~Paul Young
Sony (Audio CD) - May 11, 1998

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