Mitchell, Queensland, Australia
Earlier in his life he worked as a stockman, during which he learnt the guitar and started writing songs. A riding accident later ended his working as a stockman. In 1963 or 64 Jeremy Beckett, an anthropologist made field recordings of Young, many of which were released in 1965 as an ep called Land Where the Crow Flies Backwards (Wattle). The title track has since been covered by Gary Shearston, Athol McCoy, Chad Morgan and Roger Knox. He was recorded twice more, first in Walgett in 1969 and then in Sydney in 1979 (soon after a report of his death). Songs from these three recordings were released by AIATSIS in 1993 as The Songs of Dougie Young
Young sang "Cut A Rug", a drinking song from his troubadour days in the Wilcannia in the 1950s and 1960s, in both the SBS documentary and accompanying cd, Buried Country: The Story of Aboriginal Country Music.
- Breen, Marcus (1989). Our Place Our Music. Aboriginal Studies Press. ISBN 0-85575-197-5.
- Gilbert, Kevin (1978). Living Black. Melbourne: Penguin.
- Beckett, Jeremy (3 July 1965). "Aboriginal Balladeer". The Australian.
- Beckett, Jeremy (July 1965). "Where the Crow Flies Backwards". Quadrant.