Sydney Youngblood

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Sydney Youngblood
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Background information
Birth nameSydney Ford
Born (1960-12-02) December 2, 1960 (age 58)
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
GenresDance, funk
Years active1989–present
LabelsCirca Records
Virgin Records
Arista Records

Sydney Youngblood (born Sydney Ford, 2 December 1960) is an American-German singer, actor and composer, who had several successful dance hits during the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Early life[edit]

Sydney Youngblood was born in San Antonio, Texas, U.S. As a boy of 3 he was playing with Daddy`s records. At a young age Sydney could already be seen performing on stage. What starded as a `good fun`became his passion and life mission.

At 6 Sydney won a young musicians competition in his home town. At the time his grandmother would call him “Youngblood” – perfectly depicting his vibrant energy. He was playing and singing with various bands throughout the 80`s. By 1988 Sydney was performing as a solo artist with various well known producers.

When he had 20 years he was drafted into the U.S. Army and sent to Germany. He served in Mannheim.


Youngblood had two Top 40 hits in the UK and Europe in 1988 and 1989, "Sit and Wait" and his debut "If Only I Could". "If Only I Could" uses the bassline and drumbeat from the Raze track "Break 4 Love", and reached number three on the UK Singles Chart.[1]

In the U.S., the song "I'd Rather Go Blind" (originally sung by Etta James) enjoyed heavy rotation on the dance scene and made the Top 10 in the Billboard Dance Charts. "Sit and Wait" reached number 16 in the UK in December 1989.[2]

Youngblood continued his success with the album, Feeling Free, which also contained his earlier single, "Ain't No Sunshine".

Since January 19, 2018, Youngblood had been attending the 12th season of the German reality show I'm a Star - Get Me Out of Here! on RTL Television.

Sydney Youngblood vs Soul II Soul[edit]

Minor controversy ensued during Youngblood's chart reign. Due to his musical style of soul vocals over hip-hop rhythms, he had been accused by some in the music press of copying the sound of Soul II Soul, an influential Black British music group who had reached number one with their hit "Back to Life". Youngblood responded by releasing a remix of his earlier hit "Feeling Free" (featuring Elaine Hudson) called "The Jazzy Who? Remix" in reference to Soul II Soul's Jazzie B. The track featured piano lead that sounded similar to "Happiness" by Soul II Soul, and used a beat identical to "Jazzie's Groove".[3]


Studio albums[edit]


Year Single Peak positions Album

1988 "Ain't No Sunshine" 78 Feeling Free
1989 "If Only I Could" 3 122 3 1 8 3 2 2 28 9 3
"Sit and Wait" 16 59 2 2 21 2 15 7 2 6
1990 "I'd Rather Go Blind" 44 71 34 23 46
"Ain't No Sunshine" (FRA only) 35
1991 "Hooked On You" 72 120 35 36 34 27 Passion, Grace And Serious Bass...
"Wherever You Go"
1993 "Anything" 48 163 27 51 Just The Way It Is
"No Big Deal" 90
1994 "So Good So Right (All I Can Do)" 91 The Hat Won't Fit
1999 "Christmas Song" singles only
2007 "If Only I Could" (Tom Pulse vs. Sydney Youngblood) 89
2013 "Sit And Wait 2013" (with Jesse Ritch)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 616. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  2. ^ a b c "Official Charts > Sydney Youngblood". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  3. ^ "Sydney Youngblood - Sit And Wait / Feeling Free (Vinyl) at Discogs". Retrieved 2012-04-30.
  4. ^ a b c d Australian (ARIA) peaks:
  5. ^ " > Sydney Youngblood – Feeling Free" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  6. ^ "Offizielle Deutsche Charts > Sydney Youngblood – Feeling Free (album)" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  7. ^ a b " > Sydney Youngblood in Dutch Charts" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  8. ^ a b " > Sydney Youngblood in New Zealand Charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  9. ^ a b c " > Sydney Youngblood in Swedish Charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  10. ^ a b " > Sydney Youngblood in der Schweizer Hitparade" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  11. ^ "Billboard > Artists / Sydney Youngblood > Chart History > Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  12. ^ " > Sydney Youngblood – Passion, Grace and Serious Bass..." (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  13. ^ "Offizielle Deutsche Charts > Sydney Youngblood – Passion, Grace and Serious Bass... (album)" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  14. ^ UK singles chart peak for "No Big Deal": "UKMix > Forums > Chart Chat > Chart Analysis > The 76-100 pos. UK-Charts-Thread > Page 9 (screen-shot)". Retrieved 2016-03-15. N.B. This peak does not appear on the Official Charts site, as positions 76–100 between April 1991 and January 1994 inclusive are currently missing.
  15. ^ " > Sydney Youngblood (singles)" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  16. ^ "Ultratop > Sydney Youngblood In Ultratop Vlaanderen" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  17. ^ " > Sydney Youngblood Dans Les Charts Français" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  18. ^ "Offizielle Deutsche Charts > Suchen nach Sydney Youngblood (single)" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  19. ^ "Sydney Youngblood - German Chart". Retrieved 2014-04-05.
  20. ^ "The Irish Charts – All there is to know > Search results for Sydney Youngblood". Fireball Media. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  21. ^ "US Hot 100 - Sydney Youngblood". Retrieved 2014-04-05.

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