Karen Young (American singer)

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Karen Young
Birth name Karen Young
Born (1951-03-23)March 23, 1951
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died January 26, 1991(1991-01-26) (aged 39)
Genres Disco
Years active 1970–1991
Labels Altra Moda Music
Associated acts Sandd

Karen Young (March 23, 1951 — January 26, 1991[1]) was an American disco-era singer known for her 1978 hit record, Hot Shot.[2]

Biography[edit]

Young grew up in a Northeast Philadelphia, Pennsylvania rowhouse. She began as a singer of jingles and background vocals for Philadelphia-based production companies. In the early 1970s Young performed with the group Sandd, featuring Frank Gilckin (lead guitar), George Emertz (rhythm guitar), Frank Ferraro (bass guitar) and Dennis Westman (drums).

In 1978, Young released a single of the song Hot Shot, written and produced and by Andy Kahn and Kurt Borusiewicz. The song spent two weeks at number 1 on Billboard' magazine's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart and eventually peaked at #67 on Hot 100 in 1978. An album, also entitled Hot Shot, was then released by West End Records of New York City. The song propelled Young to international fame. By 1979, the disco fad dissipated and Young was unable to duplicate her success. Young continued her singing career as a local performer in the Philadelphia area and the song Hot Shot became a one-hit wonder.[2]

Young died of a possible bleeding ulcer in January 1991, at age 39.[2]

Hot Shot in popular culture[edit]

Hot Shot was featured in the 1990 film, Reversal of Fortune. The song was later used as a sample in Daft Punk's song "Indo Silver Club" on their album Homework. The song was also used by the BBC in the mid-eighties during its coverage of the World Snooker Championship for "hot shots" compilations during the tournament. Various "Hot Shot" remixes were released in 2007. One such, entitled "Hot Shot - The Karen Young Reheat," held the #7 position for two weeks on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, achieving five weeks on that chart's Top 10. "Hot Shot" made three separate appearances in the UK Singles Chart in 1978, 1979 and 1997. The highest placing was number 34.[3]

"Rendezvous With Me," a song written by Kahn in 1979 was intended as follow-up to "Hot Shot," but was never finished. Discovered in Kahn's tape vault, "Rendezvous With Me" was released by MaxRoxx Music for the first time in March 2009.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US UK
Hot Shot 100

Singles[edit]

1970s singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
Label
Hot 100 Hot Dance Music/Club Play UK
1978 "Hot Shot" 67 1 34 West End Records
"Bring On The Boys" 100 80 50
"Baby You Ain't Nothing Without Me" 100 75 40

1980s singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
Label
Hot 100 Hot Dance Music/Club Play
1980 "One Sure Way" 70 50 Sunshine Recordings
"God Bless America" 90 60
1981 "Dynamite" 80 69
1982 "Expressway To Your Heart" 50 40 Atlantic
"Deetour" 60 34
1983 "Hot For You" 50 20 Sunshine Recordings
"You Don't Know What You Got " 70 60 Boardwalk Records, Inc.
1984 "Come-A-Runnin'" 60 50 West End Records
1987 "Change In Me" 60 50 Wide Angle Records

2008 & 2009 singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
Label
Hot 100 Hot Dance Music/Club Play
2008 "Hot Shot - The Karen Young Reheat" 10 7 MaxRoxx Music 2009 "Rendezvous With Me" 60 26 MaxRoxx Music

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Overview". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 16 September 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c Nicholson, Jim (January 29, 1991). "Karen Young; 'Hot Shot' Singer". Philadelphia Daily News. Retrieved 15 November 2013. 
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 615. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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