Kathy Young

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For other similarly-named people, see Catherine Young (disambiguation).
Kathy Young with The Earth Angels performing Kathy's hit A Thousand Stars during the festival of this genre celebrated at the Benedum Center for the performing arts in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in May 2010.
Kathy Young with Christian Carrasco, one of the members of the Spanish Doo-wop band called The Earth Angels.

Kathy Young (born October 21, 1945) is an American musician; she was a teen pop singer during the early 1960s, whose rendition of "A Thousand Stars", at age 15, rose to No. 3 on Billboard Hot 100.

A native of Southern California, Young was born in the Orange County seat, Santa Ana. Kathy rose to stardom in 1960, when producer, Jim Lee, of Indigo Records chose Sun Valley-based band, The Innocents to sing backup vocals for her on a cover version of The Rivileers' 1954 recording of "A Thousand Stars". Two years earlier, Lee organized The Innocents, arranging their appearance on Wink Martindale's pop music TV show.

In December 1960, two months after her 15th birthday, Kathy Young and The Innocents peaked at No. 6 on the R&B Singles chart, and at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100.[1][2][3][4] Young's follow-up, "Happy Birthday Blues", peaked at No. 30 on the Hot 100 in 1961.[1] Subsequent singles, such as "Magic Is the Night" and "The Great Pretender", failed to chart in the Top 40.

In July 1961, Young appeared on DJ Alan Freed's highly publicized American road show.[5]

In 1962 she followed Jim Lee to Monogram Records, recording solo and with Chicano rock singer Chris Montez. Still a teenager, she saw her promising career slowing to a standstill and, in 1964, traveled to London. There she married American singer-songwriter John Maus, aka John Walker, founder of The Walker Brothers, best known for their 1966 hit, The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore. Her marriage to Maus lasted from 1965 to 1968.[6]

Kathy returned to the U.S. in 1969, remarrying two years later. Over the next twenty years she raised children and helped manage the family citrus ranch in Central California. Following a move back to Los Angeles in 1994, she began working for a major international company, while also returning to her original passion, music.

In the 2000s, performing in numerous rock shows at venues such as the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles and New Jersey's Izod Center at the Meadowlands Sports Complex.[7][8]

Kathy Young was inducted into the Doo Wopp Hall of Fame, presided over by Harvey Robbins on October 12, 2014 at the North Shore Music Theater, in Beverly Massachusetts.


  1. ^ a b Billboard Singles, Allmusic.com
  2. ^ Schreiber, Charles J. "Elvis Back Again at Top of Hit Parade" (The Gazette, December 3, 1960, page 42: "...Damita Jo. She and Kathy Young look like good prospects to star in the future.")
  3. ^ "Elvis Record on Top Fifth Straight Week" (The Miami News, December 18, 1960, page 116)
  4. ^ "'Are You Lonesome Tonight' Stays in Top Spot for 6th Straight Week" (The Dispatch, December 28, 1960, page 5)
  5. ^ Tobler, John (1992). NME Rock 'N' Roll Years (1st ed.). London: Reed International Books Ltd. p. 95. CN 5585. 
  6. ^ Kathy Young at Allmusic
  7. ^ Hendricks, Mike. "A Digital Trip Down Memory Lane" (McCook Daily Gazette, May 28, 2005)
  8. ^ "Fox Theatre Presents DOO WOP YULE POP, 12/17" (BroadwayWorld.com, October 18, 2010)

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