Jesse Colin Young

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Jesse Colin Young
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Young in 1973
Background information
Birth name Perry Miller
Born (1941-11-22) November 22, 1941 (age 76)
Queens, New York
  • Vocals
  • bass guitar
  • guitar
Years active 1960s–present
Associated acts The Youngbloods

Jesse Colin Young is an American singer and songwriter. He was a founding member and lead singer of the 1960s group the Youngbloods.

Early life[edit]

Young was born Perry Miller on November 22, 1941 and raised in Queens, New York. He attended the fourth grade with Art Garfunkel.[1] His mother was a violinist,[1] and his father was an accountant with a strong interest in classical music.

When he was 15 years old, Young received a scholarship to Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. He was later expelled from the school.[2]


During the 1960s, while living in the Greenwich Village section of Manhattan, Young released two solo albums, The Soul of a City Boy and Young Blood. He then formed the group the Youngbloods with guitarist Jerry Corbitt, keyboardist and guitarist Lowell "Banana" Levinger, and drummer Joe Bauer. The group's first album contained the song "Get Together", written by Chet Powers, which was re-released as a single in 1969. Young and his band founded Raccoon Records and released four additional albums on that label.[2]

Young left the group in 1972 and released a solo album, Together. His fourth solo album, Song for Juli, released in 1973, produced four singles and remained on the Billboard Top 200 chart for several months. He recorded the albums American Dreams in 1978, The Perfect Stranger in 1982, and The Highway Is for Heroes in 1987.[2]

He continued touring and re-formed the Youngbloods before returning to a solo recording career in 1987.[2] In 1993 he started a recording company, Ridgetop Music.[2]

Personal life[edit]

In September 1979, Young performed in the "No Nukes" concert.[2]

His recording studio and house in Inverness, California, were destroyed in the Mount Vision fire in 1995.[3] Young, his wife and their two children maintained a coffee plantation in Hawaii.[2]



Album Label Release Date Chart
The Soul of a City Boy Capitol April 1964 172
Young Blood Mercury March 1965
Together Warner Bros. March 25, 1972 157
Song for Juli Warner Bros. October 6, 1973 51
Lightshine Warner Bros. April 20, 1974 37
Songbird Warner Bros. March 2, 1975 26
On the Road Warner Bros. March 27, 1976 34
Love on the Wing Warner Bros. April 2, 1977 64
American Dreams Elektra December 9, 1978 165
The Perfect Stranger Elektra 1982 --
The Highway is for Heroes Cypress 1987 --
Makin' It Real Polystar / Geronimo 1993 --
Swept Away Edsel 1994 --
Sweetwater Ridgetop 1996 --
Walk The Talk self-released 2001 --
Perfect Stranger Liquid 8 2003 --
Living In Paradise Artemis 2004 --
Celtic Mambo 2006 --


  1. ^ a b [1]. Jesse Colin Young. Living Legends Music. August 21, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g [2] Jesse Colin Young Bio. Blue Desert Records. Retrieved March 4, 2011.
  3. ^ Eric Brazil (1995-10-05). "Residents return to find homes lost, homes saved". San Francisco Chronicle. 

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