Jimmy Young was possibly born in 1923, but most sources including Jimmy Young's autobiography claim 1921. The confusion is probably because Leslie Young, as he then was, exaggerated his age in order to enlist in the armed services.
To most listeners of today's BBC radio Jimmy Young is an ageing Disc Jockey. Only those of us well into our late 50s or beyond are likely to remember his days as a heart-throb crooner. Yet he was indeed once one of Britain's greatest popular singers and he has an enviable chart history to prove it.
Jimmy Young, the singer, first came to the attention of the British public with his version of the song 'Too Young' in 1951, more than a year before a meaningful chart showing relative record sales began. This record received a lot of BBC air-play and helped him establish himself as, arguably, the UK's top crooner. However it was during 1955 with his versions of 'Unchained Melody' and 'The Man From Laramie' that he became the first British artist ever to achieve the coveted #1 chart position with consecutive releases.
The EP illustrated on the left, Decca DFE6404 is a particularly nice item to find. In addition to a great picture of the singer himself and some of his best recordings, it is backed by interesting biographical notes. In particular, it tells us that Jimmy's first experience as a singer came as a member of the church choir in Gloucester Cathedral. He was a bright lad who went to the local Grammar School but took jobs as a baker and electrician to help the family budget while he was still only 15. It also mentions his exceptional sporting abilities and the fact that he was even offered a contract to take up a professional rugby career with Wigan.
Jimmy Young's relaxed vocal delivery had a lot of appeal to housewives during an era in which record buying was beginning to become dominated by teenagers. It was of no surprise that he was asked to do a stint as guest DJ on the evergreen BBC radio programme 'Housewive's Choice'. This short introduction to another side of popular music would help set the seal on a new career that he developed as the 1960s progressed. By the 1970s he had given up singing to become a full time broadcaster, a role for which his personality and background have made him ideally suited.
Sadly, some of Jimmy Young's earliest recordings are available only on 78rpm and are not featured here. Most of his records prior to 1957 were sold on the 78rpm format and these are hard to find now as 45s. However there are still a few 45s, particularly those from his later singing years, that can be found without too much trouble.
|Decca F10444||1955||Don't Go To Strangers/ These Are The Things We Share|
|Decca F10483||1955||The Sand And The Sea/ If Anyone Finds This I Love You|
|Decca F10502||1955||Unchained Melody/ Help Me Forget||#1|
|Decca F10597||1955||The Man From Laramie/ No Arms Can Ever Hold You||#1|
|Decca F10640||1955||Someone On Your Mind/ I Look At You||#13|
|Decca F10694||1956||Chain Gang/ Capri In May||#9|
|Decca F10736||1956||The Wayward Wind/ Rich Man Poor Man||#25|
|Decca F10774||1956||More/ I'm Gonna Steal You Away||#4|
|Decca F10842||1957||Lovin' Baby/ My Faith My Hope My Love|
|Decca F10875||1957||Walkin' After Midnight/ Round And Round||#30|
|Decca F10925||1957||Man On Fire/ Love In The Afternoon|
|Decca F10948||1957||Deep Blue Sea/ Harbour Of Love|
|Columbia DB4100||1958||A Very Precious Love/ Love Me Again|
|Columbia DB4147||1958||Her Hair Was Yellow/ The State Of Happiness|
|Columbia DB4176||1958||Volare/ Beats There A Heart So True|
|Columbia DB4211||1958||There I've Said It Again/ I Could Be A Mountain|
|Columbia DB4268||1959||Golden Girl/(Honeymoon Song?)|
|Columbia DB4366||1959||You're Wonderful And You're Mine/ Soon I'll Wed|
|Columbia DB4438||1960||If Only You'd Be Mine/ Just A Little More|
|Columbia DB4570||1961||Angel On My Shoulder/ Music|
|Columbia DB4655||1962||It's Not Forever/ Warm And Willing|
|Columbia DB7119||1963||Miss You/ Take Care Of Yourself||#15|
|Columbia DB7234||1964||Unchained Melody (Re-Issue)||#43|
|Columbia DB7369||1964||I'm Yours/ Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams|
|Columbia DB7511||1965||Too Young/ Wanted|
|Columbia DB7714||1965||Someone To Turn To/ Let Me Love You|
|Columbia DB7930||1966||Only You/ It's A Strange World|
|Columbia DB8053||1966||Yours/ Half A World Away|
|Columbia DB8234||1967||Because Of You/ It's Such A Pretty World Today|
|MGM MGM1392||1968||My Dream Of Love/ Silver And Blue|
|Polydor 56347||1969||You, No One But You/ (?)|
|Pye NEP24004||1955||"Jimmy Young Sings"|
|Too Young/Because Of You/Kiss Of Fire/Green Glens Of Antrim|
|Decca DFE6277||1956||"Presenting Jimmy Young"|
|Unchained Melody/Moon Above Malaya/Eternally/I'm Walking Behind You|
|Decca DFE6404||1957||"Jimmy Young"|
|More/Unchained Melody/The Man From Laramie/Round And Round|
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