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John Paul Young is an Australian vocalist, performer, song writer and recording Artist...

In 1966 John Paul Young (known as Squeak or JPY) and his family moved from Glasgow, Scotland to Australia and settled in Sydney. John began is interest in music at an early age and learned to play the piano accordion.

John joined the Sydney based band Elm Tree in 1969. Members of Elm Tree included: Roger Barnett, Ollie Chojnacki, Phillip Edwards, Andy Imlah, Dave Kaentek, Ron Mazurkiewicz, Geoff Watts and John. Elm Tree had a following around Sydney, and were spotted by producer Martin Erdman, they cut one single for Erdman's Du Monde label. The cover Rainbow was released through Festival in November 1970. In 1971 Elm Tree entered Hoadley's Battle of the Sounds. Elm Tree broke up at the end of 1971.

John auditioned for Harry M. Miller’s production of Andrew Lloyd-Webber and Tim Rice's rock musical Jesus Christ Superstar in 1972. John won a major supporting role. The show premiered in Sydney in mid-1972. As well as established theatrical performers, the cast featured leading pop-rock performers including Easybeat: Stevie Wright, John Paul Young, Marcia Hines and Air Supply. John left the show in February 1974.

John Paul Young became well known when working with producers/composers Harry Vanda and George Young. Simon Napier-Bell, producer and manager of many leading British acts at the time, produced John Paul Young’s debut solo recording for Alberts, the single Pasadena co-written by Vanda & George Young and English actor David Hemming. Pasadena charted at #10 on the Sydney charts, followed by You Drive Me Crazy in February 1973.

He signed to Alberts as a solo artist and released the single It's Only Love in March 1974. John was supported by the ABC's top-rating weekly pop show Countdown.

Between 1975 and 1980 John was one of the most popular male performers in Australia. His records were hugely success overseas. His records topped the charts in Europe, the USA and South Africa.

In March 1975 Alberts released John Paul Young’s recording of Vanda & Young's Yesterday's Hero, a song about the fleeting nature of pop stardom. The record hit the national charts in April, reaching #1 and staying at #1 on the Melbourne charts for six weeks. Yesterday's Hero sold strongly in the USA and reached #42 on the Cashbox top one hundred. A key factor to Yesterday's Hero success was the film clip made to promote it, which enabled the song to be given exposure on Countdown (following the official start of colour TV broadcasting March 1, 1975. The Hero LP reached #20 on the charts in November 1975 and became a gold record.

John made two national tours during the year, one of which was a joint headliner with Sherbet. In order to be able to tour regularlyin support of the Singles and album, John had a backing band named the All Stars. Members of The All Stars included: Warren ‘Pig’ Morgan, Johnny Dick, Ian “Willie” Winter, Ronnie Peel, Ray Arnott, Vince Meloney, Kevin Borich, Phil Manning and Tony Mitchell.

John's next single The Love Game, released in August 1975. The Love Game became John's second national Top 5 hit and peaked at #9 in Melbourne during October. In November 1975 he released his debut album, Hero, entirely written and produced by Vanda & Young.

In March 1976 John released the top 5 hit single I Hate the Music, the single reached #3 nationally in April and gained gold status.

Later in the year Alberts released John's second album, J.P.Y. It reached #10 on the album chart and it achieved platinum status with sales of over 70,000. The album included: Wont Let This Feeling Go By, Give It Time and The Painting.

I Wanna Do It With You was released in February 1977, it reached #8 nationally and #11 in Melbourne. John Paul Young and the All Stars recorded the album Green, which was released in March, 1977. Five tracks were co-written by John and Warren Morgan. The next single, Here We Go was released in April at the start of a three month national tour.

Where the Action Is was released in September 1977, In December, Alberts released the Christmas compilation All The Best, and John Paul Young and the All Stars toured capital cities in Australia, by the end of the year the Green album had received gold LP status.

In January 1978 with the disco beat now popular, the dance-oriented single Standing in the Rain from the J.P.Y. album was released overseas and went to #6. To support the release John toured Germany and Holland in August. Standing In the Rain went to #1 in South Africa, and made the Top 10 in Germany and Holland, the Top 40 in France and the US Top 100.

In June 1978 John Paul Young released Vanda & Young's Love Is in the Air; it is one of the best known of all Australian popular songs and was included on the soundtrack of the hit film Strictly Ballroom and by its use in the Sydney Olympics closing ceremony.

John toured extensively throughout Europe, United Kingdom and the USA. John Paul Young appeared on Top of the Pops.

In September 1978 John toured nationally. The Day that My Heart Caught Fire went to the national top twenty, reaching #18 in September. He was awarded TV Weeks - King of Pop. He released Fool In Love in December.

A greatest hits album John Paul Young 1974-1979 came out on the budget Hammard label, and Alberts released the single Heaven Sent in August 1979 and a new album of the same name was released in November.

John released the single Hot For You Baby in January 1980 and ended his contract with Alberts. He recorded an album of 1960s rock and pop favourites called The Singer in 1981. John released the single Oh No No in July 1982 on the Southern Cross label.

In 1983 John signed to the Australian branch of German label I.C. Records. He flew to Germany with producer, composer and keyboard player John Capek to record a new album, with sessions at Horus Sound Studios, Hanover and Union Studios, Munich, Los Angeles, AAV Studios Melbourne and Albert Studio 2 Sydney. The result was the album One Foot In Front in March 1984; One Foot In Front was renamed Soldier Of Fortune for the European market. It produced four singles including Soldier of Fortune, War Games, L.A. Sunset and Call The Night.

In 1984 John retired from recording and performing, although he continued to work on and off as a radio DJ.

In 1992 Love Is in the Air was chosen as the theme song to director Baz Luhrmann's internationally acclaimed feature film Strictly Ballroom. A CD single of Love is in the air (Ballroom Mix) was released in August 1992 through Albert/Sony and peaked at #4 in Australia.

John Paul Young went to Spain to appear on two of Spanish television, European networks, Japan to perform for members of the Royal Family, Thailand and Fiji. He appeared at many events including: the Sydney Olympic bid, the AFI Awards, the Australian Music Awards and the Australian Grand Prix Ball.

In 1993 John Paul Young appeared in the re-opening of Newcastle Civic Theatre production titled A Rare Jewell with cast: Geraldine Turner,John Macternan, Michelle Pettigrove, Terry Serio, Celia Ireland and Peter Ross. Special guests included: Bill Smith, David Wood, The Tap Brothers, The Curvettes, Irene Waugh, Nola Wallace, Clair McHugh, Jamie Redfern, Shirley Purvis, Ian Sandercoe and John Paul Young.

In 1996 John recorded a new album, which included a re-recorded version of Love Is in the Air. The single was released in August.

John returned to Germany and appeared on all the major TV programmes & specials, which in turn led to a month-long tour in Germany in 1998 with The All Stars.

Members of the All Stars have included: Ray Arnott, Kevin Borich, Eddie Chappell, Frankie G and The G Men, The Bel-Aires, The Checkmates, TheTamlas, Mike Brady Trio, Jigsaw, Chantilly, BJ McKay, The Southern Hotshots, Crystal Strings, Good Old Boys, Jacques De Jongh, Beatniks, Screwball, Shadowfax, Redhouse, Hush, Keith Lamb Band, Keith Lamb and The New Hush, Johnny Dick, Max Merritt and The Meteors, Billy Thorpe and The Aztecs, Fanny Adams, Wild Cherries, Everest, Doug Parkinson's Life Organisation, Stevie Wright and The Allstar Band, Doug Parkinson In Focus, Flash and The Pan, Chris Turner Band, Tim Gaze, Ray Goodwin, Jacob Manning, OK Dinghy, Anteapot, Staff, Dragon, Cheek, Punkz, Silver Studs, Monsoon, Atla, TT2S, Vince Maloney, Vibratones, Vince and Tony's Two, T Worsley and The Blue Jays, Vince Maloney's Sect, Bee Gees, Ashton, Gardner and Dyke (UK), Fanny Adams, The Cleves, Flite, McAskill, Murphy, Maloney and Firth, Levi Smith's Clefs, Hot Rocks, Rockwell T. James, Phil Manning, Chain, Mighty Mouse, Phil Manning Band, Dallas McDermott, Freshwater, Myriad, One Ton Gypsy, Glenrowan, Ian Miller, Basin Street Blues Band, Langford Lever, Coloured Balls, Chetarca, Wild Beaver Band, Cheetah, Flash and The Pan, Tony Mitchell, Wheelbarrow, Harry Young and Sabbath, Autumn, Sherbet, The Sherbs, Lifesavers, The Foster Brothers, Warren Morgan, The Beaten Tracks, Chain, Gerry and The Joy Band, Pilgrimage, Morgan and Matthews, Peter Northcott, Swanee, Fabulous Zarsoff Brothers, Big Rock Band, Linda Barnes Band, Peel Ronnie, Billy Rogers, Flying Doctors, Last Chance Cafe, Hard Rock Cafe, The Andrew Durant Memorial Concert, Essentials, Jim Fisher and The Flaming Hearts, Steve Tallis Unit, Fat Sam and The Jungle Kings, Ian Winter, The Brothers Grimm, The Five Just Men, Kite, Pigface, Carson, Daddy Cool, Willy Winter Band, De Castro, Foreday Riders, Blackfeather, Kevin McLaughlin and The Murrimbidgee and Mondo Rock. Members of John Paul Young's Allstars included: Juan Gonzales, Warren Morgan, The Beaten Tracks, Chain, Gerry and The Joy Band, Billy Thorpe and The Aztecs, Pilgrimage, Morgan and Matthews, Ray Arnott Band, Flash and The Pan, Greg Patterson, Ronnie Peel, Greg Plimmer, Swanee, Chris Turner Band, The Fives, Blue Thunder, The Tom Cats and Michael Walker.

1998 he sang on a new version of I Hate The Music, backed by indie band Ratcat and the single made the charts as a spin-off from the Australian movie Occasional Coarse Language. The song All Hell Broke Loose, which John Paul Young co-wrote with Angry Anderson and Warren 'Pig' Morgan, was recorded and released by Rose Tattoo for their 1998 national tour, and in 2000 John appeared in a quirky Kraft Foods TV commercial which used Yesterday's Hero.

John and The All Stars have appeared at corporate events for: General Motors Holden, Toyota, Subaru, National Mutual, McDonalds, Digital Equipment Corporation, National Panasonic, Dairy Farmers, AMP and IBM.

John has also had a long involvement in radio, working as an announcer at New FM in Newcastle, Sydney's 2CH and on the breakfast slot on Curtin Radio 927 in Perth in 2000/2001. He also recorded a syndicated program aptly named Yesterday's Heroes which was broadcast in the eastern states of Australia on the RG Network.

In 2000 he played to his largest audience as a featured performer at the Closing Ceremony of the 2000 Summer Olympics.

In September 2002, John Paul Young and the All Stars appeared in the TV Series Long Way to the Top. John Paul Young and The Allstar Band toured in 2002 Long Way to the Top with the cream of Australian talent to celebrate the music and its Stars of the 60’s, 70’s & 80’s.

In 2003 and in 2005 John appeared in the musical Leader of the Pack – The Ellie Greenwich Musical as fast talking record producer Gus Sharkey - a composite character based around the legendary team of Leiber & Stoller and later Phil Spector.

2005 John Paul Young joined the Celebrity Race at the Melbourne F1 GP.

2006 saw John return to the studio at Flashpoint Music to record his first album of new material in many years In Too Deep, which sees John reunite with his 70's hit maker Harry Vanda as producer and principal songwriter.

John appeared in the Countdown Spectacular 2 concert series in Australia between late-August and early-September 2007. He sang 2 songs including the favourite Love Is in the Air.

John has appeared on many national television programs including the Coca Cola Summer Promotion, Channel 7's The Hard Yards, the premiere of Channel 9's Don't Forget Your Toothbrush, Roy & HG's Club Buggery, Channel 9's This is Your Life tributes to Molly Meldrum & Jon English, Channel 10's Monday to Friday show presenting the entertainment & music news segment and 7's Full Frontal in which he appeared in a spoof on The Footy Show performing Simply the Tops and Popstars TV series. He also went to New Zealand where he performed and competed in NZTV's Celebrity Wheel of Fortune Christmas Special.

Away from his musical work, John is a long-time resident of Lake Macquarie Newcastle Australia, where he is active in the Landcare movement and is an outspoken community activist on issues related to mining in the western Lake Macquarie area.


Mar. 1972
Pasadena / Better Go Back to Bed (Albert Productions AP-9765)
Produced by Simon Napier-Bell

Feb. 1973
You Drive Me Crazy / For My Love (Albert Productions AP-10134)
Produced by Simon Napier-Bell

Mar. 1974
It's Only Love / Bad Trip (Albert Productions AP-10423)
Produced by Simon Napier-Bell

Mar. 1975
Yesterday's Hero / The Next Time (Albert Productions AP-10688)
Produced by Vanda & Young

Aug. 1975
The Love Game / St Louis (Albert Productions AP-10907)
Produced by Vanda & Young

Mar. 1976
I Hate the Music / My Name is Jack (Albert Productions)
Produced by Vanda & Young

Oct. 1976
Keep on Smilin'/ If I Could Live My Life Again (Albert Productions)
Produced by Vanda & Young

Feb. 1977
I Wanna Do It with You / The Painting (Albert Productions)
Produced by Vanda & Young

Apr. 1977
Here We Go / Shake That Thing (Albert Productions)
Produced by Vanda & Young

Sep. 1977
Where the Action Is / Down on My Knees (Albert Productions)
Produced by Vanda & Young

Jan. 1978
Standing in the Rain / Same Old Thing (Albert Productions)
Produced by Vanda & Young

June 1978
Love is in the Air / Won't Let this Feeling Go By (Albert Productions)
Produced by Vanda & Young

Sep. 1978
The Day that My Heart Caught Fire / Lazy Days (Albert Productions)
Produced by Vanda & Young

Dec. 1978
Fool in Love / It's All Over (Albert Productions)
Produced by Vanda & Young

Aug. 1979
Heaven Sent / Don't You Walk that Way (Albert Productions)
Produced by Vanda & Young

Jan 1980
Hot for You Baby / I Don't Want to Lose You (Albert Productions)
Produced by Vanda & Young

Sep. 1981
Out of Time / Hold Me (Hammard)

July 1982
Oh No No / You Can Do Anything (Southern Cross)

Sep. 1983
Soldier of Fortune / Sirens (I.C. Records)
Produced by John Capek

Jan. 1984
War Games / Come on Down (I.C.)
Produced by John Capek

L.A. Sunset / Cryin' Eyes (I.C.)
Produced by John Capek

Call the Night / L.A. Sunset (I.C.)
Produced by John Capek

Oct. 1986
Spain / Money to Burn (EMI)

June 1989
Don't Sing that Song / Here We Go (CBS)


Hero (Albert)
Yesterday's Hero
Bad Trip
Things To Do
The Next Time
St. Louis
Silver Shoes and Strawberry Wine
The Love Game
Produced by Vanda & Young
All songs by Vanda-Young except "Pasadena" (Vanda-Young-Hemming)

J.P.Y. (Albert Productions)
Keep on Smilin'  
Won't Let This Feeling Go By (Young-Morgan-Porter-Hall)
The Painting (Morgan-Young)
Take the Money
Good, Good, Good
I Hate The Music
Standing in the Rain
If I Could Live My Life Again
Give It Time (Morgan-Young)
I Still Got You
All other tracks by Vanda-Young
Produced by Vanda/Young.
Recorded at Alberts Studios, Sydney

Green (Albert Productions)
Gay Time Rock 'n' Roll (Young-Morgan)
Just Can't Go (J.P. Young-Morgan)
Down on My Knees (Young-Morgan)
Shake That Thing
I Wanna Do It with You II
I Know You
The Same Old Thing (Young-Morgan)
Here We Go (Morgan)
Bring That Bottle of Wine over Here
One of These Times (Young-Morgan)
All other tracks by Vanda-Young
Produced by Vanda/Young.
Recorded at Alberts Studios, Sydney

All The Best (Albert Productions)
Greatest hits compilation

Love Is In The Air (Alberts)
The Day That My Heart Caught Fire
Fool In Love
Open Doors
Lost In Your Love
Red Hot Ragtime Band
Lazy Days
Love Is in the Air
It's All Over
Lovin' In Your Soul
Produced by Vanda & Young.
Recorded at Alberts Studios, Sydney

John Paul Young 1974-1979 (Hammard)
Greatest hits compilation

Heaven Sent (Albert)
Heaven Sent
Don't You Walk That Way
I Don't Wanna Lose You
Love You So Bad It Hurts
Hot for You Baby
Can't Get You out of My System
I Ain't Ready for Love
Bad Side of the City
Produced by Vanda & Young

The Singer (Hammard)

Soldier Of Fortune (I.C. Records)

Contributor on:

Jesus Christ Superstar Soundtrack
Session musician

Ned Kelly Soundtrack
Session musician

ABC Children's Series vol. 4   

Andrew Denton's Musical Challenge Vol. 2    

Gimme Ted - The Ted Mulry Benefit Concerts

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