It is 1983, Helmut Schmidt is German Chancellor, Hamburger SV becomes German football champion and the first mobile phone is launched in the USA. In addition, a 27-year-old Briton from the tranquil Luton literally gives music a new soul. His name: Paul Young – former front man of the band Q-Tips.
Stars of the 80s – Paul Young
Paul Young – The unique soul voice
It is 1983, Helmut Schmidt is German Chancellor, Hamburger SV becomes German football champion and the first mobile phone is launched in the USA. In addition, a 27-year-old Briton from the tranquil Luton literally gives music a new soul. His name: Paul Young – former front man of the band Q-Tips. Within a few weeks, his single “Come Back and Stay” goes over the counter more than a million times in Germany, France and Great Britain alone.
One of the most successful stars of the 80s
The other single releases from his debut album “No Parlez” also become classics of pop history and make Paul Young one of the most successful 80s stars ever. Songs like “Wherever I Lay My Hat (That’s My Home)” or “Love of the Common People” are a must at every 80s party today.
In 1985 Paul Young’s next album followed with “The Secret of Association”. Like its predecessor, this one is peppered with hits like “Everytime You Go Away” or “I’m Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down”.
One year later his third long player is finally released. It is entitled “Between Two Fires”. In 1984, 1985 and 1986, the singer with the probably the best white soul voice won one of the highly coveted Brit Awards.
Social and political commitment
Paul Young is also involved in social and political activities. For example, he is a member of the Band Aid project and in 1988, on the occasion of Nelson Mandela’s 70th birthday, he performed at London’s Wembley Stadium together with many other 80s stars. There he performs the song “Don’t Dream It’s Over” by Crowded House.
Duet with Zucchero
In 1991, “Senza Una Donna (Without A Woman)” was released, the 80s star’s most successful song to date in Germany. The duet with the Italian singer Zucchero stays in the charts for a sensational 26 weeks and is sold over three million copies worldwide.
The older, the better
After further albums like “The Crossing”, “Reflections”, “Paul Young” and “Rock Swings: On the Wild Side of Swing”, on which he partly ventured into new musical terrain, things became a little quieter around him. But this is just the calm before the storm. In 2016 Paul Young returns with the album “Good Thing” and shows that he still can.
“Good Things” is received enthusiastically by critics and fans alike. But also live, the man with the smoky voice is still extremely busy. To celebrate the 35th anniversary of “No Parlez”, the now 62-year-old will go on tour in England in October 2018 and play 16 acclaimed concerts within a month. Like many 80s stars, Paul Young’s motto is obviously: the older, the better…
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