25 February 1932, Shreveport, Louisiana, USA, d. 10 December 1996, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Young was raised on the farm his father bought just outside Shreveport and learned to play the guitar and sing country songs as a boy. Greatly influenced by Hank Williams (in his early days he was something of a soundalike) and while still at school, he formed a country band and began to establish a local reputation as an entertainer. In 1950, he gave up his college studies to accept an offer of a professional career and joined radio station KWKH, where he soon became a member of the prestigious The Louisiana Hayride show and found other work in the nightclubs and honky tonks.
He became friends with Webb Pierce and for a time toured with him as a vocalist with Pierces band. In 1951, he made his first recordings for the Gotham label with Tillman Franks and his band, and achieved minor success with Have I Waited Too Long and...
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