Born in 1956, Paul Young is a British singer, performer and songwriter. Originally from Luton in Bedfordshire, the artist is known for his version of blue-eyed soul music, the genre in which he scored most of his hits. A versatile performer, Young is equally at home singing pop, rock and new wave tracks. Working professionally as a vocalist since the 1970s, Young achieved notable chart success in the 1980s. His cover version of the Marvin Gaye song, “Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)”, was a number one hit in July and August of 1983 in the UK. The singer was named as the Best British Male performer at the 1985 BRIT Awards ceremony.
Paul Young's early career
Although he operated as a bass guitarist for a few bands when he was a teenager, Young did not front any group until he joined Kat Kool and The Kool Kats as the lead singer. After a time, he went on to join Streetband. The group was notable for its novelty track “Toast”, which afforded the young singer his first chart success in 1978. Later, Streetband would alter its lineup and add a horn section to become the Q-Tips, regularly playing in North London and Hertfordshire. The group also toured with The Who and Adam Ant, offering support slots for both acts.
Paul Young's solo career
Young quit the Q-Tips in 1982, after he was offered a solo recording contract with Columbia Records. Two singles soon followed; “Iron Out the Rough Spots” and a cover version of “Love of the Common People”, which had been a UK hit in 1970 for the reggae singer Nicky Thomas. Neither had much success until the aforementioned number one hit was released in the summer of 1983. “Come Back and Stay” was put out as the follow-up single to “Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)”, reaching a respectable number four. “Love of the Common People” was then re-released, making it to number two. With so much chart success for his singles, it was little wonder that Young's debut album, No Parlez, ended up hitting the top spot for five successive weeks in 1983. The album spent over two years in the album charts. It featured a cover version of Joy Division's “Love Will Tear Us Apart” and “Tender Trap”, a song co-written by the singer.
Young has had a long career. In 1990, his single “Oh Girl” got him into the US charts, peaking at number eight. The Q-Tips re-formed for a while in the early 1990s and he then formed a new group called Los Pacaminos. However, in 2010, the singer released a new single as a solo artist, with a track called “Come Back”. He returned once more in 2016 with a new album; a collection of classic soul songs.