Jimmy Young

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades: 1960s 1970s 1980s 2000s


Leslie Ronald Young, 21 September 1921, Cinderford, Gloucestershire, England. A popular ballad singer in the UK during the 50s, Young carved out a new career for himself in broadcasting when rock ‘n’ roll took over in the latter part of the decade. The son of a miner, he was an excellent boxer and rugby player, but turned down an offer of a professional career with top rugby league club Wigan. Always keen on music, he was taught to play the piano by his mother, and received professional voice training. He worked as a baker and an electrician before joining the Royal Air Force in 1939. After demobilization he intended to train as a teacher, but was spotted, singing at a sports club, by BBC producer George Innes. He made his first broadcast two weeks later, and subsequently toured the UK variety circuit. From 1951 he had several successful records on the small Polygon label, including ‘My Love And Devotion’, ‘Because Of You’ and...

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