John Paul Young honoured in Queens Honour List 2012
Posted on 12 Jun 2012
3 cheers for John Paul Young, who was recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours for both his performing career and his support of charities.
He was appointed a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) and accepted his award on behalf of Australia's volunteers.
"I give my time when I can to assist many charities and not-for-profit organisations, but this is a small contribution compared to the enormous amount of unpaid work volunteers undertake for the good of their communities and society in Australia," he said.
Young said he wanted to thank Australia's volunteers and would "urge everyone to get involved, even if only in a small way, to bolster our volunteer movement".
John was born in Scotland and emigrated to Australia with his family at the age of 11. After leaving school he began an apprenticeship as a sheet metal worker while fronting a band with some school mates.
Later signed to Albert Productions, home of the Easybeats, Young's first hit single, Pasadena, was released in 1972. It was the same year John appeared in the first Australian production of Jesus Christ Superstar with a host of music stars including Jon English, Marcia Hines and Stevie Wright.
Further chart success came in 1975 when he released Yesterday's Hero, which was followed by a string of Top Ten hits including Love Is In the Air.
After a second career as a radio DJ, Young enjoyed international fame when his hit song Love Is In the Air was used in the soundtrack to the 1992 film Strictly Ballroom.
JPY was inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame in 2009 and this year celebrates his 40th anniversary of releasing music.