Helpless Dancer

The Endless Note

Sunday Sounds – Tracie

Spring, Summer, Autumn” – Tracie

Tracie (Tracie Young) was discovered by Paul Weller via an advert in Smash Hits magazine and was signed to his Respond Records label.

Although just 17 years old, Young replied and sent Weller a cassette of a Phoebe Snow-inspired version of the Betty Wright hit “Shoorah Shoorah”. Young’s tape was singled out from among the hundreds received, and shortly thereafter was invited to London for an audition.

Performing old soul numbers “Band of Gold” and “Reach Out (I’ll Be There)” for the audition, Young impressed Weller enough to win the job and become his priority signing for the label.

Before recording solo work for Respond, Weller sought to increase exposure for Young. He promptly utilized her for backing vocals on The Jam’s final single, “Beat Surrender”, which was released on 26 November 1982 and became the band’s fourth #1 single. Weller also had Young join the group for their appearance on Top Of The Pops to promote the song.

In January 1983, Young contributed vocals for The Style Council’s first single, “Speak Like a Child”, and also appeared in the promotional video for the song.

As an unofficial member of the group, Young toured with The Style Council for part of 1983, while also performing as a solo artist as part of a Respond package tour

As Tracie he had UK hit singles in March of 1983 with “The House That Jack Built” and in July with “Give it Some Emotion”

Her debut album, Far From the Hurting Kind, was released in 1984, tt featured production, backing, and songwriting from Weller, including the song chosen for today’s “Sunday Sounds”, as well as an Elvis Costello song written especially for her, “(I Love You) When You Sleep”.

The album was reissued in Japan in 1996 and has now only recently been reissued here with the addition of all her singles plus bonus tracks.


Since the late 1990s Young has enjoyed a second career as a radio presenter, currently working at Southend Radio 105.1, Chelmsford Radio 107.7 and also Connect FM in Peterborough and Northamptonshire. In 2009 Young did a one-off gig, supporting Billy Franks (formerly of The Faith Brothers) at The Shepherd’s Bush Empire. The show was on June 6th 2009 and Tracie was backed by Southend rock band, Soliss. In the wake of the show, Young released a self-produced, limited edition six-song EP of previously released material, titled It Happened One Night…And Other Songs .

July 25, 2010 - Posted by | Old Music, Video | , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Now there’s a blast from the past!!!

    While never a huge fan, I sometimes have wondered what had become of her. Thanks for such a comprehensive update….

    Comment by jc | July 26, 2010 | Reply

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