Johnny Young

Genres: Blues
Descriptive "tags": blues harmonica blus under 2000 listeners Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s

Biography

1 January 1918, Vicksburg, Mississippi, USA, d. 18 April 1974, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Although he was a more than competent guitarist, Young regarded the mandolin as his main instrument. He learned both instruments, as well as harmonica, from uncle Anthony Williams, while living with him in Rolling Fork, birthplace of Muddy Waters. When he returned to Vicksburg, he played house parties with cousin Henry Williams, influenced by the records of Charlie McCoy and the Mississippi Sheiks. He also claimed to have worked with Robert Nighthawk and Sleepy John Estes before moving to Chicago in 1940. He joined the musicians who frequented the Maxwell Street market area, with Floyd Jones, Snooky Pryor and another cousin, Johnny Williams. In 1947 he made his first record, ‘Money Takin’ Woman’, with Williams, for Ora Nelle, run by Maxwell Radio Shop owner Bernard Abrams. A year later, with Williams and Pryor, he recorded ‘My Baby Walked Out’ and...

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