Kenny Young

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Kenny Young
Origin Israel, New York, Taos, Oxfordshire, England,[1] United States
Genres Rock, pop, world, alternative
Occupation(s) Songwriter, musician, record producer, environmentalist
Years active 1960s–present
Associated acts Rhythms Del Mundo, Yellow Dog (band), Fox (band), Gentlemen Without Weapons, San Francisco Earthquakes, Clodagh Rogers,

Kenny Young is an American songwriter, producer and environmentalist who has been an active writer, artist, and producer from 1963 to the present. His most famous songs are "Under the Boardwalk," co-written with Arthur Resnick and "Ai No Corrida. "Under the Boardwalk" was recorded by The Drifters in 1964 and by The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, John Cougar Mellencamp, Ricky Lee Jones, Aaron Neville and many other artists. Young also wrote or produced Top 40 hit songs for Quincy Jones, Herman's Hermits, The Shirelles, Ben E. King, Reparata and the Delrons, Kenny Rogers, Nancy Sinatra, Clodagh Rodgers, Fox, Yellow Dog and Rhythms Del Mundos.

Early life[edit]

Young grew up in the Lower East Side, Manhattan attended R.J.J. and Seward Park High School, and City University of New York (CUNY), majored in sociology and psychology.

Career[edit]

He was a singer and songwriter in the 1960s, recording under his own name, and as The Squirels, San Francisco Earthquakes, and more. He wrote songs for The Drifters, Herman's Hermits, The Searchers, Ben E. King, The Shirelles, Ronnie Dove and many others.

He wrote and produced over 25 chart records in his career. His songs included many top ten hits, including "Under the Boardwalk","Captain of Your Ship", "Arizona" and the Grammy Award winning song, "Ai No Corrida", "S-s-single Bed", "Just one more night", Only you can, among them.

His songs have been recorded by The Rolling Stones, Jay-Z, LL Cool J, The Beach Boys, The Jackson 5, The Drifters, Quincy Jones, Joni Mitchell, Debbie Harry, Sam and Dave, Lenny Kravitz, Iggy Pop, Rickie Lee Jones, The Ramones, Gilberto Gil, Kate Bush, Jungle Brothers, among others.

His productions included Rhythms Del Mundo featuring: Coldplay-"Clocks" & Viva La Vida", Bob Dylan- "A hard rains a- gonna fall", Green Day-'I fought the law", "Amy Winehouse-"Cupid", Beyonce'- "Miss You", The Gorillaz-"Feel good Inc.", The Arctic Monkeys-"Dancing Shoes", Ibrahim Ferrer-"As time goes by", Sting-"Fragile", Wyclef Jean-"Stayin Alive", Dizzee Rascal-"Holiday", KT Tunstall-"Because the night" and others.

Bands[edit]

Young formed two hit UK bands, Fox and Yellow Dog with whom he played, wrote and produced their top ten hits. In 1974 he formed Fox, a band featuring Susan Traynor as lead singer who adopted the stage name Noosha Fox. The band broke up in 1977. Fox had 3 top 10 hits in the UK and other European countries. Young's other bands were Gentlemen Without Weapons (with producers Vic Coppersmith-Heaven and Nick Glennie-Smith), 39 Vybes, and Rhythms del Mundo whose albums have gone platinum and gold in many countries.

Environmentalism[edit]

Young has been concerned about environmental issues for many years and in the 1980s co-founded the rainforest conservation organization, Earth Love Fund, with colleagues Vic Coppersmith-Heaven and Nick Glennie-Smith. He was recipient of the United Nations Global 500 Award for outstanding practical achievements in the protection and improvement of the environment for his work as co-founder and trustee of the Earth Love Fund, which supported and initiated over 200 community based projects in Brazil, Africa, Asia and Australia. in 2005 he founded Artists Project Earth -APE- which raises awareness and funds for climate change projects and for natural disaster relief. Since 2006 APE has funded and supported over 250 projects around the world.

He co-produced the Hollywood Genesis Award winning film Spirit of the Forest, which was a BBC-TV documentary about the destruction of the Amazon Rainforest.

He co-produced the album Earthrise, which was no.1 in the UK and released worldwide featuring U2, Paul McCartney, Sting, Pink Floyd, Elton John, Paul Simon, R.E.M., Peter Gabriel, Queen, Seal and many others for ELF's conservation projects for the world's rainforests. He wrote and co-produced the song "Spirit of the Forest," which was a benefit record released by Richard Branson's Virgin Records and featured over 50 major international artists including Joni Mitchell, Ringo Starr, Lenny Kravitz, LL Cool J, Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac, The Ramones, Iggy Pop, Debbie Harry, Gilberto Gil, Jungle Brothers and Afrika Bambaataa. He wrote and co-produced and performed on album Transmissions by Gentlemen Without Weapons on A&M Records. The band used only digital samples of nature for the music. A unique album, with a video produced by Pink Floyd's art director Storm Thorgerson, who also designed the album cover.

He co-produced ELF's album Earthrise II, which featured top international names including Elton John, U2, The Cranberries, Shane MacGowan, R.E.M., Tears for Fears, Genesis, Eurythmics, Stereo MCs and Meat Loaf. Young produced the album Planet Electrica in aid and relief of Hurricane Mitch. The album featured the top names in dance music, including The Chemical Brothers, Massive Attack, Fatboy Slim, Underworld, Roni Size and Reprazent.

Most recently he produced the albums Rhythms del Mundo with musicians from Buena Vista Social Club and featured Coldplay, Radiohead, U2, Arctic Monkeys, Sting, Franz Ferdinand, Kaiser Chiefs, Dido Ibrahim Ferrer, Omara Portuondo and other top international artists. This was followed up by the second album Rhythms Del Mundo - Classics featuring, The Killers, Amy Winehouse, The Rolling Stones, Jack Johnson and many others. Followed up by Rhythms Del Mundo - Revival featuring: Bob Dylan, Green Day, Coldplay, Dizzee Rascal, The last production was Rhythms Del Mundo - Africa featuring Coldplay, Beyonce', Eminem, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mumford & Sons, Rokia Traore' The proceeds from the album benefits the environmental non-profit organization Artists Project Earth, which raises awareness and funds for climate change projects and for natural disaster relief efforts.

Currently he resides in the UK.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kenny Young". Spectropop.com. Retrieved 2014-05-23. 

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