Song of the day: John Paul Young – "Yesterday’s Hero"

This here blog has been going a couple of years, and I’ve discovered that I have never played you today’s song. That’s dreadful. (Not the song, the fact that I’ve never put it on the blog before. Inexcusable.)

John Paul Young – “Yesterday’s Hero” (1975)



By the way (you may already know this), the Bay City Rollers covered “Yesterday’s Hero”:

Bay City Rollers – “Yesterday’s Hero” (1976)


And a band called Words covered the Bay City Rollers version of “Yesterday’s Hero” on a Bay City Rollers tribute album*:

Words – “Yesterday’s Hero” (1999)



There’s another version of “Yesterday’s Hero”. It was recorded by the singer/actor Paul Nicholas for a 1979 movie called Yesterday’s Hero. The movie was written by Jackie Collins, and it stars Ian McShane, Suzanne Somers, Adam Faith, as well as the aforementioned Mr. Nicholas. I don’t know why I’m telling you all of this.

I couldn’t find an MP3 or video of Paul Nicholas performing “Yesterday’s Hero” (I wouldn’t have minded hearing it, but I’m not prepared to go rent the video just to hear Paul Nicholas warble one song). However, I did find this video of Paul performing one of his other recordings:

(*That makes me wonder if:

1. the Bay City Rollers didn’t write enough of their songs to fill a tribute album; or

2. maybe the band who recorded the tribute didn’t know that “Yesterday’s Hero” wasn’t a Rollers original.

But if Option 2 was the case, wouldn’t that tribute band have done at least a bit of research beforehand and found out that “Yesterday’s Hero” wasn’t an original Rollers song?)

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