"....... for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust" Psalm 103:14

The A - Z of An Eclectic Music Collection: Y......


..... is for Young Talent Time & Yes

Honestly, I thought I was a goner for Y, like I was with X, but then I remembered Young Talent Time and the Young Talent Team. So I'm really going to embarrass myself here.

I mentioned this Australian TV show in my T post about Tina Arena. Not only was it a TV show, launching in 1971 and continuing until 1988 with various iterations of the Young Talent Team, but they also released albums with all the YTT performers singing individually and together. In my (much) younger days I actually owned a couple of these albums (such as the one below), and they may still be somewhere in a box. They will be dog-eared, because I played them endlessly. I think I lived vicariously through these teenagers who had performance talent (whereas I had none).

Here's one of my favourites from the original YTT - Jane Scali, singing "I Think I Love You". And also Tina Arena (again) getting her big break as part of the YTT. Enjoy!!



Yes, it's true. Yes is actually a band. And their album 90125 (vinyl, of course) came into my music collection in 1986 when I married for the first time. Yes, Yes is a progressive rock band that formed in 1968. In fact, according to Wikipedia they are one of the "most successful, influential and longest-lasting progressive rock bands". As of 2015 they were still going, albeit with a completely different lineup these days. In fact, in 2017 Yes was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Yes, I must have listened to Yes quite a bit, because when I played through the snippets of the album in the iTunes store, it all came flooding back. So here's Yes, with the song that is most familiar to me,  and maybe also to you, "Owner of a Lonely Heart".

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  1. I loved Young Talent Time, although I am a little older than you. Countdown was another favourite on a Sunday night. YTT was a great way to showcase young talent and look at people like Tina Arena who went on to have a great career. I remember Jane Scali! Now you have made we think about 'where are they now?'.. Maybe a good idea for a reality show LOL:)
    Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond

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    1. Oh please, not another reality TV show Sue!!! I have to admit though, as I wrote this post I did wonder where so many of them had ended up. Most of the originals wouldn't be that much older than me, but it seems that very few of them were launched into major singing success by YTT!!

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  2. Never heard of the tv show until this post, but I have heard the song… Of course. Congrats on finding a Y for April A-Z! :)

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    1. Thanks Mandy, you'd have to have been an Australian in the 1970s to have known this show I think! Thanks for your comment. I've just enjoyed browsing your blog!!

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  3. Look at those fresh faced little kids! I watched YTT when I was growing up and loved it - all so clean cut and innocent compared to what there is out there today. I also like Owner of a Lonely Heart too - great memories Sue.

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    1. Fond memories of watching YTT for me too Leanne! I'm not sure it was all as innocent as it looked but on the surface they certainly portrayed great role models for those of us who were teens in the 70s.

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