Despite originally being born in Scotland, John Paul Young is synonymous with the explosion of home-grown Australian pop music in the 1970s.A regular on Countdown during its heyday, JPY, as he is known to his legion of fans, was a regular on the charts with a string of hit singles including Yesterday’s Hero, I Hate The Musicas well as the song he had a hit with on two occasions after it featured on the soundtrack to the Baz Luhrmann film Strictly Ballroom Love Is In The Air.
To celebrate a half-century of success since his first hit song, Pasadena , from 1972, JPY is hitting the road for the ‘50 Years Young’ national tour, and he joined The Morning Show to look back on his amazing career before his new tour gears up.JPY is celebrating 50 years in the music industry with a new tour.
In the early days of his career, the singer was known simply as John Young, and he explained to hosts Kylie Gillies and Larry Emdur why he added Paul to his stage name.Because (singer and Young Talent Timehost) Johnny Young was still active, they didn’t want me to be confused with him so Ted Albert, the boss of the record company said ‘we’ve got to find you a new name’ and they tried forever.
“I stupidly one day said ‘Paul was my confirmation name’ when I was a good Catholic boy and he said ‘that’s it’ and I became John Paul Young,” he explained.JPY still holds the title of King of Pop over forty years on Credit.
JPY also revealed that he still holds the title as the reigning King of Pop after the fan-driven annual poll to anoint the most popular male and female Australian singers wound up back in 1978. “Daryl (Braithwaite) if you’re watching, I know you have more than me but I’m still there,” smiled Young as he addressed the former lead singer of Sherbet who took out the coveted title several times during the ’70s.