Johnny Young



Johnny Young (born Johnny Benjamin de Jong; 12 March 1947) is a Dutch Australian singer, composer, record producer, disc jockey, television producer and host. Originally from the Netherlands, his family settled in Perth, Western Australia in the early 1950s. Young had a career in the 1960s as a pop singer and had a number one hit with the double-A-side, Step Back and Cara-lyn in 1966, and his profile was enhanced by a concurrent stint as host of the TV pop program The Go!! Show. As a composer, he penned number one hits, The Real Thing and The Girl That I Love for Russell Morris, The Star for Ross D. Wyllie and I Thank You for Lionel Rose and the hit single Smiley for Ronnie Burns. After his pop career ended returned to TV where he presented and produced the popular television show, Young Talent Time, which screened on Network Ten from 1971 to 1988 – it launched the careers of teen pop stars Jamie Redfern, Debra Byrne, Dannii Minogue and Tina Arena – typically each episode closed with a sing-along rendition of The Beatles song All My Loving.On 9 March 1990, Young was inducted into the TV Week Logie Awards Hall of Fame. On 27 October 2010, he was inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame by Arena who performed his song, The Star. He is the first person to be inducted into both halls.

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