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Drummer Isaac "Redd" 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 "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 three months after the track's release. Follow-up releases failed to match the commercial success of "Soulful Strut", and the group disbanded by 1974, with Young and Holt continuing to play in Chicago small bands.
- 1966: Wack Wack (Brunswick)
- 1967: Feature Spot (as 'Young/Holt') (Cadet) with Ramsey Lewis
- 1967: On Stage (Brunswick)
- 1968: The Beat Goes On (Brunswick)
- 1968: Funky But! (Brunswick)
- 1968: Soulful Strut (Brunswick)
- 1969: Just a Melody (Brunswick)
- 1970: Mellow Dreamin' (Cotillion)
- 1971: Born Again (Cotillion)
- 1973: Oh Girl (Atlantic)
- 1973: Young-Holt Unlimited Plays Super Fly (Paula)
- 1998: Live at the Bohemian Caverns, 1968 (Brunswick)
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