Paul Young (singer and percussionist)

Paul Young (Singer And Percussionist)

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Paul Young (17 June 1947 – 15 July 2000) was an English 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 was born in Benchill, Wythenshawe, Manchester, England. His 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. Young, who provided lead vocals for the hit singles "All I Need Is a Miracle," Word of Mouth", and "Taken In," was affectionately nicknamed "Youngy" by his Mechanics bandmates Paul Carrack and Mike Rutherford.


He died of a heart attack on 15 July 2000 at his home on Hale Road, Hale, Altrincham. He was cremated on July 22, 2000. Young's widow Pat, their three children and grandchild, were joined on stage by former members of Sad Café, Mike & The Mechanics, and the SAS Band for a tribute show a few months later. Also there were New Order bassist Peter Hook, Queens drummer Roger Taylor, and former snooker champion Alex Higgins.

A private Buddhist service was held first and then the crowds outside heard the Rev Bruce Thompson, of Timperley Methodist Church, lead the tributes. Young was an ardent supporter of Manchester City......
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