It is one of life’s great blessings to have known, albeit briefly, the wonderful person Reggie Young. You can read about his accomplishments – they were many and significant, particularly to those he helped become stars and chart-toppers – wherever you get your music news. What stood out to me is how humble, considerate and thoughtful he was in person. At a small CD release party for his first CD under his own name, Forever Young, in his home town of Leipers Fork, TN, many of his longtime cohorts and friends paid tribute to a person they respected not just for his unusual musical abilities, but also for the friend they had come to know well and love.
Reggie will be missed by many as one who lived his life as it should be lived, without ego and bluster, with a focused commitment to the musical task at hand and also to respecting and helping those he came to know.
Our condolences go out to Reggie’s family. His warmth and spirit continue to guide us.
Neal Weiss, president
Whaling City Soundleft to right: Tom Evered, Neal Weiss, Jenny Young, Reggie Youngphoto credit Ginny Shea, July 18, 2016, NashvilleSad to report the passing of legendary session guitarist and Whaling City artist Reggie Young. He was one of the most recorded guitarists in the sixties, seventies and eighties playing on numerous legendary hits by Elvis Presley, Dusty Springfield and more.
Young was a member of the country supergroup The Highwaymen w/ Kris Kristofferson, WillieNelson, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings. He was also a founding member of the Bill Black Combo. In 1964, The Beatles requested the Combo open for them during their first U.S. tour and invited the group over to England for another month-long tour.
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By: George W Harris
October, 1, 2017
With a career spanning 3 score years and including work ranging from BB King to Elvis, Etta James and Roy Orbison, session guitarist Reggie Young delivers a classy instrumental album that oozes style and substance. He teams with buddies like Clayton Ivey-Catherine Marx-Jim Brown-Mike Rojas/key, David Hood-David Hungate-Dennis Belfield/b, Chad Cromwell-Shannon Forrest/dr, Jennifer Lynn Young/cel and a Jim Horn-led sax section teamed with Steve Herman/tp and Charles Rose/tb. Throughout the seven tracks, Young takes you through a sumptuous mix of soul, country and jazzy blues, never pretentious, and always swingingly professional.
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Musicians, journalists and historians sharing memories, backstage stories and history lessons. There’s no music, just lighthearted storytelling.
Reggie Young talks about playing guitar on Elvis Presley’s legendary recordings at American Sound Studios in Memphis. These sessions produced Suspicious Minds, In The Ghetto, Kentucky Rain and other all time Elvis classics.
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