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John Paul Young is undoubtedly one of the most popular Australian artists of the 70’s, cementing himself a place in music history with a string of hits resulting in over 4 million record sales and capped off with an induction in the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2009. Migrating from Scotland with his family in 1966, it wasn’t long before John finished school and formed a semi-pro band with some friends, Elm Tree, to perform at local dances on weekends. Elm Tree managed to record one single, Rainbow, and reached the Sydney final of Hoadley's Battle of the Sounds at the Capitol Theatre.
Elm Tree soon disbanded and not long after JPY successfully auditioned for Harry M Miller’s Australian production of the Rice-Webber rock musical Jesus Christ Superstar, landing the main role of Annas. He stayed with the production throughout its 700 performances between May 1972 and February 1974. During that period, as John Young, he released his first singles under the direction of English producer and kingmaker Simon Napier-Bell – the man behind T. Rex. The first of those singles in May 1972, Pasadena, also John’s first hit, was written by songwriting duo extraordinaires, Vanda and Young of Easybeats fame.
When John released his fourth single, Jesus Christ Superstar had ended and Harry Vanda and George
Young had returned to Australia as house songwriters and producers for Albert Production. The song they now wrote and produced for John Young was Yesterday’s Hero, about someone who had once been famous. He performed the song on Countdown and by the time filming was finished he had convinced the audience he really was a star! Yesterday’s Hero was initially released as John Young, but became such a major hit, the singer became John Paul Young to avoid confusion with Sixties pop star, Johnny Young. John Paul Young went on to became a Countdown regular, both as guest and performer, his easygoing boyish personality making him a favourite with fans. More major hits followed – The Love Game, I Hate The Music, I Wanna Do It With You, Standing In The Rain (all Top 10 hits) and his June 1978 No. 1 song, Love Is In The Air, also a huge hit internationally, leading to television performances on Britain’s ‘Top Of The Pops’ and in the US.
To top off his 40th Anniversary year, John received an O.A.M. in the Queen’s Birthday honours list for his services to the music industry & services to charity.
As with his appearance in the first production of JC Superstar, John has been drawn back to musical
theatre a number of times. In 2008 he was nominated for a Helpmann Award for best supporting artist in “Shout” The Johnny O'Keefe Musical: as Gus Sharky in three productions of "Leader of the Pack" and in 2014 John joined the cast of Grease, The Musical, for it's Adelaide, Perth and return Melbourne seasons. 2015 and John showed his talents on the dance floor, with a brief, but none the less impressive stint in Dancing With The Stars. His facebook comment post his eviction was is typical JPY, tongue in cheek fashion - " It's now 2 days since my eviction from DWTS and I'm outraged no one's outraged!! LOL".