(Composers: Vanda/G Young/Morgan/J P Young)
In 1972 John Paul Young put his fishing trips & his job at Clyde Engineering on hold because his single “Pasadena” was a massive hit. Working in the company of the Vanda and Young team, JPY became one of the biggest Australian stars of the 70’s and his career has progressed through the 80’s, 90’s and into the 21 Century.
There’s not much of John’s career that hasn’t already been documented: a string of hits spawned over 4 million record sales, a couple of King of Pop awards (The ARIA of their day), a Logie and a bunch of radio and TV awards from around the country and overseas.
JPY’s signature tune “Love Is In The Air” came back as an international hit in the 90’s after it was included on the soundtrack for the movie “Strictly Ballroom”. John’s been back in the charts in Europe since with “…Air” on a Milk&Sugar Vs JPY mix, and also with an IRS Vs JPY remake of “Can’t Take My Eyes Of You”.
JPY’s ability to vary from a light pop to an edgy rock pop voice and his sparkling personality gave a particular stamp to a special type of Australian pop – one that found hits throughout Europe, South Africa & the US.
As a performer John was hard to beat, and remains so. There are few people who enjoy playing music as much and who give the audience their all. After featuring in the TV Series “Long Way to the Top” John and The Allstar Band climbed aboard for the 2002 National Tour and again to tour nationally in 2006 & 2007 on the highly successful Countdown Arena Spectaculars. In 2008 John was awarded the International Variety (The Children's Charity) Club's "Presidential Citation" for services to the charity. Also in 2008 John was nominated for a Helpmann Award for best supporting artist in “Shout” The Johnny O'Keefe Musical - playing 14 cameo roles throughout the show meant for lots of quick changes & an impressive variety of character voices.
On August 27th, 2009 John joined a selection of Australia’s finest musicians in the ARIA Hall of Fame. A statement to the incredible musician he is and his outstanding contribution to the music industry.