Pure Grit Podcast

John Paul Young Talks Losing It All and Coming Back Stronger!

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Hold onto your hats, because this week’s episode of Pure Grit is a whirlwind tour through the life of one of Australia’s most iconic musicians, John Paul Young OAM!

From the tender age of 11, John embarked on a life-changing journey, moving from Glasgow, Scotland, to the land Down Under. This transition would mark the beginning of a legendary career that would see him sell over 4 million records worldwide and earn an Order of Australia Medal for his contributions to music.

Perhaps one of his most memorable moments came when he co-hosted Countdown, the most famous music show in Australia’s history. Not just a co-host, John was the first to call Ian Molly Meldrum ‘Molly’ on live TV—a small moment with lasting impact.

Yet, life hasn’t been one continuous highlight reel. John opens up about the lows, the pitfalls, and the struggle of losing it all. In a story of resilience and grit, he made a comeback and had to rebuild his life and career from scratch.

As he celebrates a massive 50 years with his Anniversary tour, we get into the nitty-gritty details of his life’s ups and downs. John reflects on his time on reality TV, shares insights about the Australian music industry, and even reveals that we share the same birthday!

This episode is a smorgasbord of musical history, tales of resilience, and candid conversations that you do not want to miss. With John Paul Young, there’s never a dull moment!

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