Song: “Everytime You Go Away” by Paul Young
Reached #1: July 27, 1985 (his first, 1 week)
So… was Paul Young just Rick Astley with better P.R.?
No, not really… Young’s voice isn’t as freakishly deep as Astley’s, and we don’t have a Paulroll meme…
If the song had (or has) a somewhat familiar vibe, it’s because it was written by Daryl Hall for Hall & Oates’ Voices album. They didn’t release it as a single, so it makes sense that a lot of people might not know Hall wrote it. But now you know!
Young didn’t really catch on in the USA – other than “Everytime You Go Away”, he had only one top 10 single (a 1990 cover of the Chi-Lites’ “Oh Girl”) here. He’s still a major star in the UK and Europe, mostly as a nostalgia solo act, while also fronting a Tex-Mex group called Los Pacaminos for occasional concerts.
Of course, he’ll always have the distinction of being the singer who did the opening and closing lines of the original Band Aid single, “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”
And he’ll always be remembered for the mullet. It was a good one, wasn’t it?
Tomorrow, a late-Aughts earworm that hit #1 on a lot of people’s “I hate this song” lists as well as the Billboard Hot 100…
Other songs that reached #1 on July 27:
1974 – “Annie’s Song” by Paul Denver (his second, 2 weeks)
1991 – “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” by Bryan Adams (his second, 7 weeks)
1996 – “You’re Makin’ Me High / Let It Flow” by Toni Braxton (her first, 1 week)