Paul Antony Young was born January 17th 1956. He was the middle child of three.
His interest in music started young when he learnt to play the piano & guitar.
On leaving school he worked, as did his father & brother for Vauxhall Motors whilst at night he played with various bands.
Although Paul started out playing Bass guitar in his first bands his desire to be a singer led him to joining the Streetband in 1976 as vocalist.
The Streetband made one album which featured a throwaway tune “Toast” which became a hit but in the process sealed the band’s fate.
On the demise of the Streetband Paul formed The Q-Tips along with Streetband’s Bass player & rhythm guitarist. The next three years became an intense training ground where stage craft & vocal style particular to Paul was developed in front of the British public up & down the UK. Garnering regular airplay with there first release with the Chrysalis Label on such tracks as “Tracks Of My Tears”, “Some Kinda Wonderful” & “ Stay The Way You Are” but radio play did not translate into record sales.
Sustaining a large musician based group in the time of synth pop duos, worked against them & they called time after one more tour at the end ’82. Paul now signed to CBS as a solo artist.
The first album released ‘No Parlez” stuttered at first, until the 3rd single released “Wherever I Lay My Hat” took off & there was no looking back! “No Parlez” went to number 1 in the charts for most of the summer in ’83, with the release of “Come Back & Stay” as the fourth single Europe followed suit. 1984 culminated in Paul’s participation in the making of “Do They Know It’s Christmas” with Paul singing the first line of the Historical Band Aid record.
With the release in 1985 of the second album “Secret Of Association” Paul’s status as a world star was confirmed. “Every Time You Go Away” reached number 1 in America shortly after his appearance at the now legendary “Live Aid” concert.
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