Sydney Youngblood

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Sydney Youngblood

Sydney Youngblood once declared “If only I could, I’d make this world a better place”. Did he? Sit and wait to find out…

Sydney Ford for born in Texas in December 1960 and from an early age he loved singing. He won a competition aged six in his home town where his grandmother called him ‘youngblood’ for his ‘vibrancy’ to perform. He played in a number of bands but aged twenty, he was drafted into the US army and served in Germany for five years. Sydney returned home and returned to music straight away, only this time seeking fame and fortune as a solo artist. Signed to Virgin Records, his first release was a cover of Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine”, which made a short appearance in the lower section of the US singles chart in 1988.

His second single “Congratulations” did nothing and it seemed like his career was going nowhere till the second half of 1989 when he released the track “If Only I Could”. Although the song never made a dent in the American charts, it was a huge success the rest of the world over, reaching the top ten in over fifteen countries including the UK, where it sped will all hastiness up the chart to peak at No.3, selling over 200,000 copies. Sydney released his album “Feeling Free” soon after which would attain a Gold certification in the UK. It was later released in The States under the title of “Sydney Youngblood”.

Before the end of the year, he had released the dance anthem “Sit And Wait”, which again made the top ten across Europe and in parts of Asia but stopped at No.16 in the UK. A fifth single to come from the album, “I’d Rather Go Blind”, was released in the Spring of 1990, strangely this charted in America reaching No.46 there, whilst it was a minor hit elsewhere. Sydney released his second album “Passion, Grace and Serious Bass” in 1991, which featured the singles “Hooked On You” and “Wherever You Go”. The album was a minor hit in Australia and some parts of Europe. He released the albums “Just The Way it Is” in 1993 and “The Hat Won’t Fit” in 1994, with only the single “Anything” (1993) making a brief appearance in the UK and Belgian charts.

Sydney has continued to perform live, especially as his two biggest hits now turn thirty years of age. In 2018 he released a brand new album, “Tonight”, which also included a new recording of “I’d Rather Go Blind”. He has also found fame in Germany recently, where he appeared on their version of the TV reality series I’m A Star – Get Me Out Of Here. Unfortunately, he was eliminated at the end of the second round. After that, all he could do was sit and wait!

Sydney Youngblood 2019

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!