J.P. Young was one of the most popular and successful Australian male solo singers of the late Seventies. His powerful soulful voice was the right instrument the new songs of former Easybeats songwriting team George Young and Harry Vanda. '
Young had had a few single by 1974 when Vanda and Young took over his career producing his records. His big breakthrough came in March 1975 when Albert records released John’s recording of Vanda & Young’s "Yesterday’s Hero". In November the same his debut album "Hero" was relased - produced by Vanda and Young and featuring entirely material written by them.
More hits like "Lost in Your Love" and "Love is in the Air" followed and 4 more albums were released before the end of the decade. By 1979 his succesful chart career began to wind down. The singles were beginning to sound too much the same; the arrangements and melodies were created too much over the same formula.
By the end of 1980 his backing band "All Stars" which had featured names like Warren Morgan , Johnny Dick , Doug Parkinson, Ian Winter , Ronnie Peel , Ray Arnott , Vince Meloney, Kevin Borich , Phil Manning, Tony Mitchell and Ray Goodwin split up.
Young gathered new All Star musicians throughout the 1980´s´and released a couple of more albums and a string of singles, but by 1990 he had retired as a recording artist.
Key Band Members:
John Paul Young: Born 1950 in Scotland, vocals . Young was probably Australia's biggest teen idol of the 1970´s.
Warren Morgan: Songwriter, keyboards and vocals. Morgan was a long-time member of the All Stars.
1. Hero - Albert 1975
Tracks: 1. Yesterday's Hero / 2.
Bad Trip / 3. Things To Do / 4. The Next Time / 5. Birmingham / 6. St. Louis / 7. Pasadena / 8. Friends / 9. Silver Shoes & Strawberry Wine / 10. The Love Game
Rating : 6
2. JPY - Albert 1976
Tracks: 1. Keep on Smilin' / 2. Won't Let This Feeling Go By / 3. The Painting / 4. Take the Money / 5. Good, Good, Good / 6. I Hate The Music / 7. Standing in the Rain / 8. If I Could Live My Life Again / 9. Give It Time / 10. I Still Got You
Rating : 6
3. Green - Albert 1977
Tracks: 1. Gay Time Rock 'n' Roll / 2. Just Can't Go / 3. Down on My Knees / 4. Shake That Thing / 5. I Wanna Do It with You / 6. I Know You / 7. The Same Old Thing / 8. Here We Go / 9. Bring That Bottle of Wine over Here / 10. One of These Times
Rating : 5
4. Love is in the Air - Albert 1978
Tracks: 1. The Day That My Heart Caught Fire / 2. Fool In Love / 3. Open Doors / 4. Lost In Your Love / 5. Red Hot Ragtime Band / 6. Lazy Days / 7. Love Is in the Air / 8. It's All Over / 9. Lovin' In Your Soul
Rating : 7
5. Heaven Sent - Albert 1979
Tracks: 1. Heaven Sent / 2. Don't You Walk That Way / 3. I Don't Wanna Lose You / 4. Love You So Bad It Hurts / 5. Hot for You Baby / 6. Can't Get You out of My System / 7. I Ain't Ready for Love / 8. Bad Side of the City
Rating : 5
6. The Singer - Hammand 1981
Tracks: 1. Hold Me / 2. Summer in the City / 3. Good Lovin' / 4. Fool on the Hill / 5. All Along the Watchtower 7 6. For Your Love / 7. It's Too Late / 8. Out of Time / 9. Magic Carpet Ride / 10. Groovin' / 11. You Really Got Me / 12. Please Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
7. One Foot in Front - IC Records 1983
Tracks: 1. War Games / 2. She Made a Fool Out of You / 3. System Overload / 4. Call the Night / 5. Soldier of Fortune / 6. Cryin' Eyes / 7. Body Heat / 8. Love Is For Heroes / 9. Television Girl / 10. L.A. Sunset Misunderstood
8. Now - Albert 1996
Tracks: 1. Happy is the Man / 2. Groovin' / 3. Just One Look / 4. I'm Walking / 5. I'm Left She's Right She's Gone / 6. Ain't That a Shame / 7. Blue Moon Stormy Monday / 8. Love is in the Air / 9. Silver Shoes and Strawberry Wine / 10. I Hear You Knockin' / 11. St. Louis / 12. Hard Road
9. In Too Deep - ABC 2006
Tracks: 1. In Too Deep / 2. I'm Living on Dreams / 3. Isn't It Sunshine / 4. Not Me / 5. When You Love Me / 6. Spanish Guitar / 7. I've Been Waiting / 8. Prisoner of Love / 9. When I Remember You / 10. Having a Few / 11. How Can I Live (Without Love) / 12. Oh My Love
My Suggestion For a 80 minutes (app.) Best Of Compilation:
1. Love is in the Air ( Vanda/Young ) Love is in the Air
2. Lost in Your Love ( Vanda/Young ) Love is in the Air
3. Yesterdays´s Hero ( Vanda/Young ) Hero
4. Birmingham ( Vanda/Young ) Hero
5. Keep on Smiling ( Vanda/Young ) JPY
6. Won´t Let This Feeling Go By ( Young/Morgan/Porter/Hall ) JPY
7. Standing in the Rain ( Vanda/Young ) JPY
8. I Wanna Do it With You ( Vanda/Young ) Green
9. Fool in Love ( Vanda/Young ) Love is in the Air
10. Lazy Days ( Vanda/Young ) Love is in the Air
11. It´s All Over ( Morgan/Young ) Love is in the Air
12. Can´t Get You Out of My System ( Vanda/Young ) Heaven Sent
13. Bad Love ( Stuart/Harris ) Single 81
14. 6 5 33 54 ( Vanda/Young ) Single 81
15. St Louis ( Vanda/Young ) Hero
16. The Day My Heart Caught Fire ( Vanda/Young ) Love is in the Air
17. Don´t You Walk that Way ( Vanda/Young ) Heaven Sent
18. Don´t Sing that Song ( Vanda/Young ) Single 75
19. Pasadena ( Vanda/Young ) Hero
20. Open Doors ( Vanda/Young ) Love is in the Air
21. I Don´t Wanna Lose You ( Vanda/Young ) Heaven Sent
22. Hot For You Baby ( Vanda/Young ) Heaven Sent
23. Bad Side of the City ( Vanda/Young ) Heaven Sent