Paul Young – Wherever I Lay My Hat

Paul Antony Young (born 17 January 1956) is an English musician. Formerly the frontman of the short-lived bands ‚Kat Kool & The Kool Cats‘, Streetband and Q-Tips, his following solo success turned him into a 1980s teen idol. He is famous for such hit singles as „Love of the Common People“, „Wherever I Lay My Hat“, „Come Back and Stay“, „Everytime You Go Away“ and „Oh Girl“. His debut album No Parlez turned him into a household name. Since the mid-1980s, he has had international success, along with his backing band Los Pacaminos.

Wherever I Lay My Hat (That’s My Home)“ is a song written by Marvin Gaye, Barrett Strong and Norman Whitfield, and first recorded by Gaye in 1962. Years later, Paul Young’s version of the song was a UK No. 1 single for three weeks in July 1983.

The Paul Young version, from the album No Parlez, is stylistically notable for its use of fretless bass, played by Pino Palladino. Though a major UK hit that broke Young as a star, the song fared less well on the Billboard Hot 100, where it peaked at No. 70, but was later used in the 1986 film Ruthless People and its accompanying soundtrack album.

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