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Paul Young

Paul Young, 1999
Background information
Also known as Youngy
Born 17 June 1947(1947-06-17)
Benchill, Wythenshawe, Manchester, England
Died 15 July 2000 (aged 53)
Altrincham, Manchester, England
Occupations Musician
Years active 1985–2000
Associated acts Sad Café
Mike + The Mechanics

Paul Young (17 June 1947 – 15 July 2000) was a singer and percussionist who worked with several successful bands. He initially came to prominence as the lead singer of chart band Sad Café, and later enjoyed further chart success sharing lead vocal duties with Paul Carrack in Mike + The Mechanics. Young's powerful rock voice and wide vocal range was generally assigned to handle the heavier songs, while Carrack's pure, soulful voice was assigned to ballads and more pop-oriented numbers.[1] Young provided lead vocals for the hit singles "All I Need Is a Miracle" and "Word of Mouth", and was affectionately nicknamed "Youngy" by his Mechanics bandmates Carrack and Mike Rutherford.

Paul Young was born in Benchill, Wythenshawe, Manchester, England. He was an ardent supporter of Manchester City Football Club.

He died from a heart attack on 15 July 2000 at his home in Hale Road, Altrincham. He was cremated on July 22nd 2000. Young's widow Pat, their three children and grandchild, were joined on stage by former members of Sad Café and Mike Rutherford and Paul Carrack of Mike and the Mechanics for a tribute show a few months later. Also there were New Order bassist Peter Hook, former snooker champion Alex Higgins and Young's ex-manager Derek Brandwood.

A private Buddhist service was held first and then the crowds outside heard the Rev Bruce Thompson, of Timperley Methodist Church, led the tributes.


Mike + The Mechanics

Sad Café


Year Album UK Albums Chart[2 ] U.S. Albums[3]
1977 Fanx Ta Ra
1977 Hungry Eyes
1978 Misplaced Ideals
1979 Misplaced Ideals
1979 Façades
1980 Sad Café
1981 Live
1981 Olé
1985 Politics of Existing
1989 Whatever it Takes

† U.S. version of the first two albums


  1. ^ Mike + The Mechanics: The Videos. Channel 4. 1998. No. 1/1. 15 minutes in. (Rutherford)
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 478. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.  
  3. ^ "Allmusic ((( Sad Café > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))".|CAFE&sql=11:hpfqxq95ldke~T5.  

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