In my constant quest to revive the popularity of songs that were hits in their day but no longer get any love, I give you Paul Young’s “Come Back and Stay.” Young was a much bigger star in his native England than he was in the US.

He had 3 #1 albums and performed at Live Aid, and he was 1985’s Brit Awards he was named “Best Male.” He also had 14 Top Ten singles in the UK, but only 5 in the US. He sang with Band Aid on “Do They Know It’s Christmas” and can also be heard in the movie Sixteen Candles with his #45 hit, “Love of the Common People.”

His biggest hit was “Every Time You Go Away” (a cover of a Hall & Oates song) which was #1 in the US in 1985. His other Top 40 hits were “I’m Gonna To Tear Your Playhouse Down” (#13), two more covers, “Oh Girl” (#8) and “What Becomes of the Broken Hearted” (#22). But the song I requested of Big Joe was his first Top 40 hit, “Come Back and Stay”, which peaked at #22 on the Billboard Pop Chart. It was on a jukebox at a bar I frequented and I played the hell out of it, but you never hear it on oldies radio these days. Surprisingly, Big Joe did not play my request.

Sign up for the NJ1015.com Newsletter

Get the best of NJ1015.com delivered to your inbox every day.