Paul Young, was born in Benchill, Wythenshawe, on June 17th 1947. He took an early interest in music, and by the age of five he was singing in the local church choir. By the time he reached his teens, whilst still at Ducie High School, Moss Side, he formed his first band "Johnny Dark & the Midnights", and like most of the skiffle bands around at the time, the bands equipment was very basic. In 1963, he changed the bands image and renamed it "Paul Fender & The Teenbeats", later to become "Paul Fender & The Tigers" and began playing blues-based rock n roll in the local clubs.
Like most of the skiffle bands around at the time, the bands equipment was very basic. In 1963, he changed the bands image and renamed it "Paul Fender & The Teenbeats", later to become "Paul Fender & The Tigers" and began playing blues-based rock n roll in the local clubs.
THE 'ODD ONES':
A great group from around the Wythenshawe area who toured Germany, came back and then set Manchester alight for a little while. The Odd Ones were formed in 1964...this following on from a duo of George Thornhill and Terry Britten (who emigrated to Australia and wrote amongst other things 'Devil Woman' and a number of hits for Tina Turner). Paul Young asked George if he could join the group in early 64. They were at school in Brownley Green together and, at the time, George Thornhill and Les Olbinson were sharing vocals and putting out close harmony stuff.
At one time they joined forces with the Myaks, also from Wythenshawe and played at the Woodhouse Park Labour Club. The lead singer of the Myaks, Fred Leach, joined Odd Ones as singer for a while.
THE TOGGERY FIVE (1964-1966)
The Toggery Five was formed in 1963. Paul Young replaced Bob Smith the original lead vocalist in 1964, not “Mike Rabin of "Mike Rabin & The Demons fame", which many music guides wrongly cite! The band took it's name from the famous "The Toggery" clothes shop in Princes Street, Stockport - the North's answer to London's Carnaby St, and owned by the bands manager, Michael Cohen of "Kennedy Street Artistes Ltd", who also managed "The Hollies". The Beatles and the Rolling Stones bought their clothes from The Toggery.
Their first recording on June 22nd 1964, secured them a record deal with EMI/Parlophone, a controversial track titled "I'm Gonna Jump" written by Frank Renshaw. This was recorded at Abbey Road Studio's, London, and was released on September 18th, 1964. It was controversial song about a guy wanting to jump into a river because his girlfriend had left him. The B-side was a song titled "Bye Bye Bird", written by blues-men Sonny Boy Williamson, and Willie Dixon. This track was also covered by the Moody Blues on their first album in 1965. The record sold solidly but unspectacularly possibly due to the fact that the topic was about threatened suicide, and because the BBC had banned it.
The record was released in September two days after their appearance on Granada TV's "Ready, Steady-Win!" A contest where six undiscovered bands battled it out for the 1st prize (£1000 worth of musical equipment and a recording contract with Decca), 2nd prize (£750 Commer van), and 3rd prize (£250 worth of clothes). The judges were non other than "Beatles" manager Brian Epstein, Bill Haley of the Comets fame, radio DJ Brian Matthew, and Brian Jones of the "Rolling Stones". The contestants, the "Bo Street Runners", "The Thyrds", "Harbour Lights Trio", "Jimmy Royal And The Hawks", "The Olympics" and "The Toggery Five".
Sad Café were formed in 1976 when two Manchester bands ("Gyro" and "Mandella") merged together. The original line-up included vocalist Paul Young, guitarists Ian Wilson and Ashley Mulford, bassist John Stimpson, Vic Emerson (keyboards) drummer Tony Creswell and Lenni (saxophone).
Their debut album, "Fanx Ta Ra", failed to attract attention at all. It was to be their second album, "Misplaced Ideals" that would bring international success, particularly in America. This album featured a new drummer, David Irving, who had by now replaced Tony Creswell and, by 1979, British successes started to come.
Their Number 3 single "Every Day Hurts" from the third album, "Facades" was produced by 10cc's Eric Steward and recorded at Strawberry Studios in Stockport. From this album also appeared a UK Top 40 singles "Strange Little Girl" and "My Oh My". The album "Sad Café" in 1980 failed to achieve the success for which they had hoped, and management was changed, with John Stimpson taking over as a result, replacing himself as bass player with Dave Tong for the 1981 'Ole' album. The "Sad Café - Live" album followed later that yea, but also failed to capture the public's admiration, and the band declined from that time on.
MIKE & THE MECHANICS:
Paul Young went on to join Mike & The Mechanics in 1985 and made a short but successful solo career, though he did return to Manchester in 1986 to reform Sad Café with Ian Wilson and new bassist Michael Byron-Hehir for their album "Politics Of Existence". With Mike & the Mechanics the "Living Years" album was a huge success reaching Number 2 in the UK charts and Number 1 in the US.
Paul Young went on to enjoy massive success with his other projects, both under his own name and with Mike & the Mechanics before he died suddenly aged 53 years of a heart attack in Manchester in July 2000.