Young-Holt Unlimited

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Young-Holt Unlimited (also known as Young-Holt Trio), were an U.S. soul and jazz instrumental musical ensemble from Chicago, Illinois.

Drummer Isaac "Red" Holt and bassist Eldee Young, formerly members of Ramsey Lewis' jazz trio, formed a new outfit called the Young-Holt Trio with pianist Don Walker in 1966. They met with modest success, including the minor hit with "Wack-Wack", which charted at number 40 on the Billboard Hot 100.

In 1968, the group renamed itself Young-Holt Unlimited, and replaced Walker with Ken Chaney. Under their new name, the group scored a number three Hot 100 hit with "Soulful Strut," the backing instrumental track from Barbara Acklin's "Am I the Same Girl." "Soulful Strut" sold a million copies with the gold record awarded by the RIAA in January 1969, less than 3 months after the track's release.[1] Unfortunately, follow-up releases failed to match "Soulful Strut"'s commercial success, and the group had disbanded by 1974, with Young and Holt continuing to play in Chicago small bands.

Young died of a heart attack on February 12, 2007 in Bangkok, Thailand, at the age of 71.

Holt was believed still to be active as of early July 2011.[citation needed]

Albums discography[edit]

  • 1966: Wack Wack
  • 1967: Feature Spot (as The Young Holt)
  • 1967: The Beat Goes On
  • 1967: On Stage
  • 1968: Soulful Strut
  • 1968: Funky But!
  • 1968: Live at the Bohemian Caverns
  • 1969: Just a Melody
  • 1970: Mellow Dreamin
  • 1971: Born Again
  • 1973: Oh, Girl
  • 1973: Young-Holt Unlimited Plays Super Fly

References[edit]

  1. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 251. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.