Jesse Colin Young

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Jesse Colin Young
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Jesse Colin Young in 1973
Background information
Born (1941-11-22) November 22, 1941 (age 74)
Queens, New York
Occupation(s) Lead vocalistguitarist
Instruments Vocals • bass • guitar • slide guitar
Years active 1960s–present
Associated acts The Youngbloods
Notable instruments
Guitar • Bass

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

Early life[edit]

Young was born Perry Miller and raised in Queens and attended 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, and was later expelled.[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 called The Youngbloods which included guitarist Jerry Corbitt, keyboardist/guitarist Lowell "Banana" Levinger, and drummer Joe Bauer. Their 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 it.[2]

Young left the group in 1972 and released a solo album called Together. His fourth solo album, Song for Juli, had four singles and remained on the Billboard Top 200 chart for several months. In 1978, Jesse recorded the album American Dreams, which was followed by the album The Perfect Stranger in 1982. In 1987 he released the album The Highway Is for Heroes.[2]

He continued touring and re-formed the Youngbloods band before going back to a solo recording career in 1987.[2] In 1993 he began his own recording company called Ridgetop Music.[2]


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 Release Date Chart
The Soul of a City Boy April 1964 172
Young Blood March 1965
Together March 25, 1972 157
Song for Juli October 6, 1973 51
Light Shine April 20, 1974 37
Songbird March 22, 1975 26
On the Road March 27, 1976 34
Love on the Wing April 2, 1977 64
American Dreams December 9, 1978 165
The Perfect Stranger 1982 --
The Highway is for Heroes 1987 --
Makin' It Real 1993 --
Swept Away 1994 --
Sweetwater 1996 --
Walk The Talk 2001 --
Living in Paradise 2004 --
Celtic Mambo 2006 --


  1. ^ a b (August 21, 2009) [1] Jesse Colin Young, Living Legends Music
  2. ^ a b c d e f g [2] Jesse Colin YoungBio at 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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