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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.
Just two years after ‘Whole World In Her Hands’ comes the German pianist Monika Herzig for a second times with a CD with only female musicians. Her group consists of four horns on ‘Sheroes’ and five women for the rhythm. Generally relaxed jazz is played. Guitarist Leni Stern takes a firm look at ‘Is not no mountain high enough ‘. ‘Nancy Wilson portrait’, a ballad, is played lovingly by Ingrid Jensen on flügelhorn. Jennifer Vincent wrote the beautiful ‘Song for C.C.’ and shows a gifted bass player in it. Tension and drive features the implementation of ‘Just another day at the office ‘by leader Herzig. From ‘House of the rising sun’ then makes them one beautiful ballad with a fragile Jamie Baum on flute. It becomes spicy as drummer Rosa Avila and percussionist Myra Casalis to hear. ‘Sheroes’ proves once again that a prejudice with respect to ‘all-female bands’ completely is misplaced. (Google Translation)