b. 1946, Sheffield, England. After working in a record shop as a teenager, Young became interested in the local group scene and joined the Counterbeats in 1964. By the late 60s she had branched out as a soloist and following an appearance at a northern club was spotted by the Bachelors who duly introduced her to their managers Dorothy and Phil Solomon. In 1969 she registered a Top 10 hit with the Scottish folk standard â€˜Nobodyâ€™s Childâ€™ but failed to follow up with the Jo Stafford / Lita Roza hit â€˜Allentown Jailâ€™. Thereafter she returned to the cabaret circuit, but before she left the pop pantheon, Karenâ€™s only hit became the subject of heated correspondence in the pop weeklies. Noting the radio/television ban on Jane Birkin / Serge Gainsbourgâ€™s â€˜Je Tâ€™Aime... Moi Non Plusâ€™ (also on Solomonâ€™s Major Minor label), one reader exclaimed: â€˜Apparently the BBC thinks it is more beneficial for her audience to hear a hit song about a blind orphan, unfortunately sung in English, than a French song about loveâ€™.Portions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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