Kathy Young Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Aashita Dhingra
Agu 26, 2022 By Aashita Dhingra
Originally Published on Jun 23, 2022
Kathy Young was a teen pop singer in the early '60s. Her cover of 'A Thousand Stars' reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100 when she was only 15 years old
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About Kathy Young

Kathy Young shot to fame as a pop singer when Indigo Records' Jim Lee chose a Sun Valley-based band, The Innocents, to perform back-up vocals for her on a cover version of 'A Thousand Stars'.

Kathy Young and The Innocents reached number six on the R&B Singles Chart in December 1960, two months after her 15th birthday, and number three on the Billboard Hot 100. 'Happy Birthday Blues', Young's follow-up, reached number 30 on the Hot 100 in 1961.

The news that Young transformed from high schooler to star pop singer overnight earned her the name 'The Cinderella of Show Business'. Jim Lee would compose many of Young's songs, though she could also craft songs of her own, among them, 'Eddie My Darling'. Rivileers recorded the original version of 'A Thousand Stars' in 1954, during their brief recording career. Eugene Pearson, Herb Crosby, Milton Edwards, Alphonso Delaney, and Earl Lennard composed the Rivileers' most steady lineup.

Kathy Young Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Kathy Young's net worth?

Kathy Young has a net worth of about $1 million.

How much does Kathy Young earn per year?

Kathy Young has been performing in various rock n' roll music events for many years, but her annual income is not known.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Kathy Young?

Kathy Young is 6 ft 1 in (185 cm) tall.

How old is Kathy Young?

Kathy Young was born on October 21, 1945. She is currently 76 years old and will turn 77 in October 2022.

Childhood And Education

Kathryn Yovonne Young was born in Santa Ana, the seat of Orange County, Southern California, USA. She was born six weeks after the end of the Second World War. Her parents, Robert Young and Elizabeth Louise Henderson, brought up Kathy and her siblings, Betty Lou Gleeson and Barbara Beebe, in Los Angeles.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Kathy Young's partner?

Kathy Young married John Walker (actual name John Maus), of The Walker Brothers, who had appeared on Young's records on occasion. They met at Pandora's Box in Hollywood, where they were both performing. The two went to England shortly after their marriage. Young and Maus divorced in 1968 and Young returned to the United States the following year.

She married David Paul White on February 13, 1971, and spent the next two decades of her life raising a family and maintaining her family's citrus ranch in central California. David Paul White and Kathy Young have one child.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

A 15-year-old Kathy Young and her mother approached The Innocents after one of their performances. Kathy requested to sing with them and was given time to meet them the following week. She sang 'A Thousand Stars', an old Rivileers song. Jim Lee, the owner of Indigo Records, reworked it, adding Kathy as the lead vocalist and The Innocents' signature sound in the background. A famous American musician was thus born. The song went to number three, launching the group's career, as Kathy Young's backers and for their own releases. Young scored two additional top hits for Indigo, 'Happy Birthday Blues' and 'Magic Is The Night', both with The Innocents backing her.

Subsequent singles, 'Magic Is the Night' and 'The Great Pretender', did not rank in the Top 40, and she watched her promising career slow down. The Innocents disbanded in 1962 and Kathy Young released 'Dream Boy', which failed to chart. She joined Monogram Records in 1962, recording solo and with Chris Montez, the Chicano rock vocalist. She went to London in 1964, when still a teenager, seeing her potential career come to a halt. There she married John Walker, an American singer-songwriter and the originator of The Walker Brothers.

After spending over two decades dedicated to her family, Kathy Young returned to Los Angeles in 1994, now working for a major international corporation, and rekindled her original passion. Since her return, she has made irregular appearances at prestigious venues, such as Los Angeles' Greek Theatre and Jersey's Meadowlands Arena, and she continues to tour to this day. Kathy Young released 'Sparkle and Shine' in 1979 and 'Our Best To You' in 1981, both under Starfire records.

Other Interesting Kathy Young Facts And Trivia

  • Kathy Young merited a mention in Brown and Friedrich's 'Encyclopedia of Rock' n' Roll'.
  • Kathy Young was at the Doo Wop Festival at the Hotel Hilton in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where they performed alongside the finest American doo-wop groups of the 2oth century, along with Christian Carrasco of the Spanish band, Earth Angels.
  • She appeared in 'My Music: Rock, Pop, & Doo Wop', a PBS hour-long fundraiser special.

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Kathy Young Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

Birth Name

Katherine Yovone Young

Date of Birth




Place of Birth

Santa Ana



185 cm



Net Worth



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Betty Lou Gleeson, Barbara Beebe
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