Famous for his 1970s international hit single "Love Is in the Air," Young was also responsible for the South African chart-topping singles "I Hate the Music," "Standing in the Rain," and "Yesterday's Hero."
In the late 1960s, he and several high school classmates started a band called Elm Tree. Shortly after beginning his solo career, he released the Australian hit single "Pasadena."
In the late 1980s, he abandoned his music career to become a disc jockey. However, after "Love Is in the Air" was featured on the soundtrack of the movie Strictly Ballroom, he returned to singing, eventually performing at the 2000 Summer Olympics.
He spent the first eleven years of his life in Glasgow, Scotland, and the remainder of his childhood in Sydney, Australia.
He frequently worked with music producers George Young and Harry Vanda.