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Paul Anthony Young (born 17 January 1956) is an English musician. Formerly the frontman of the short-lived bands ‘Kat Kool & The Kool Cats’, Streetband and Q-Tips, his following solo success turned him into a 1980s teen idol. He is famous for such hit singles as “Love of the Common People”, “Wherever I Lay My Hat”, “Come Back and Stay”, “Everytime You Go Away” and “Oh Girl”. His debut album No Parlez turned him into a household name. His smooth yet soulful voice belonged to a genre known as “blue-eyed soul”. Since the mid-1980s, he has had international success, along with his backing band Los Pacaminos.
In 1985, he appeared at Geldof and Ure’s charity convention Live Aid, where he appeared at the London Wembley Stadium performing the Band Aid hit “Do They Know It’s Christmas” (having sung the opening lines on the original single release), and his own hits “Come Back and Stay” and “Everytime You Go Away”, with Alison Moyet joining him on-stage to perform “That’s The Way Love Is”. At the 1985 Brit Awards, Young received the award for Best British Male.
Since the late 1990s, Young has released very little new material, but has continued to tour in different parts of the world.
“Don’t Dream It’s Over” is a song written by Neil Finn and performed by New Zealand-Australian rock band Crowded House, it was released in 1986 and was taken from their self-titled debut album. It became the band’s biggest international hit, reaching No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Airplay in April 1987. The song was also a great success in Neil Finn’s native country New Zealand where it peaked at No. 1, it also topped the charts in Canada, while in Australia it peaked at No. 8. In Continental Europe, it reached No. 6 in Norway, No. 7 in the Netherlands, and No. 13 in Germany. In America the single was topped only by “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)” by Aretha Franklin and George Michael.