John Paul Young


John Paul Young (born June 21, 1950 in Glasgow, Scotland) is an Australian singer.

Young moved to Sydney as a child and by the early 1970s had become a singer. Discovered by songwriters and record producers Harry Vanda and George Young, he was moulded into a glam rock idol. A string of hits followed in Australia including Pasadena, The Love Game, Here We Go, Where The Action Is, I Hate The Music, I Wanna Do It With You and Yesterday's Hero. In addition to his Australian success, he achieved hit singles in Europe, Asia and South Africa. Yesterday's Hero also became a minor hit in the US.

In 1978 he released a disco song titled Standing In The Rain which became a major hit throughout Europe, and its successor, Love Is In The Air, became his only worldwide hit, peaking at number 2 on the Australian charts, number 7 in the US, and number 5 in the UK. Subsequent singles continued the disco style but did not find an audience. He turned to a more contemporary rock style in the 1980s and had his final top 10 hit in Australia in 1983 with the single Soldier of Fortune.

He ceased recording new music and concentrated on a second career as a radio disc jockey until the film Strictly Ballroom was released in 1992. Featuring a new version of Love Is In The Air the film was a success throughout the world, and Young's single once again peaked at number 2 on the Australian charts, and was a minor hit in the UK.

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