Johnny Young has an intimate knowledge of Australian music of the 1960s as he was one of this country’s biggest pop stars of the era. Johnny had a number one hit with the double-A-side, ‘Step Back’ and ‘Caralyn’ in 1966. In 1967 he hosted The Go!! Show, following the resignation of Ian Turpie. Johnny won a Logie Award for Best Teen Personality in 1967 for his work on The Go!! Show. He released covers of the Everly Brothers’ hits ‘When Will I Be Loved?’/ ‘Kiss Me Now’ as another double-A-sided single which peaked at number three. Another hit for Johnny was his slower version of The Beatles’ track ‘All My Loving’ which reached number four nationally; it later became his signature song.
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. Wylie and ‘I Thank You’ for Lionel Rose. He presented and produced the popular television show, Young Talent Time, which screened on Network 10 from 1971 to 1988.
Johnny is also a well-known name in the radio industry, having hosted almost 10 years of breakfast radio on 6IX in his home town of Perth.
Johnny Young’s awards received include 3 gold records as an artist, 1966 King of Pop, 6 gold records as songwriter, 6 TV Logie Awards, including Logie Hall of Fame, & GO-SET Songwriter of the year 1970.
In 1990 Johnny was inducted into the TV Week Logie Awards Hall of Fame. On 27th October 2010, he was inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame by Tina Arena who performed his song, ‘The Star’. He is the first, and so far the only, person to be inducted in both halls. On news of his impending induction Johnny said “I have always felt like the luckiest kid on the block to be able to continue working in the music industry for 50 years in so many areas when basically I am just a rock ‘n’ roller. To receive this honour is the cherry on an amazing cake. I am grateful to all those who supported and encouraged me.”
Magic 2CH is very excited to welcome Johnny Young to the airwaves and we’re sure our Sydney audiences will come to love his programs.
Throughout his week day afternoon shift on Magic 2CH, Johnny Young plays requests.
If you want to play a song for someone on their birthday, maybe mention an anniversary, send a cheerio or just hear your all-time favourite, send Johnny all the details, including your phone number, via the link below.
You’ll also go in the weekly draw to win dinner with Johnny Young and a bunch of other listeners at Gemelle Italian Restaurant, 79 Bathurst Street in Liverpool. This superb 5-star restaurant hosts a special 2CH dinner once a month. You could be there with Johnny. Call Gemelle for bookings on 9602 5294 or check the website www.gemelle.com.au for more details on this fabulous Sydney dining institution.
Afternoon Requests with Johnny Young.
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