Young-Holt Unlimited

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Young-Holt Unlimited (also known as Young-Holt Trio), were a U.S. soul and jazz instrumental musical ensemble from Chicago, Illinois, United States.[1]

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.[1] They met with modest success, including the minor hit "Wack-Wack",[1] 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.[1] 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."[1] "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.[2] 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.

Young died of a heart attack on February 12, 2007, in Bangkok, Thailand, at the age of 71.[3]

Albums discography[edit]

  • 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)


  1. ^ a b c d e Colin Larkin, ed. (1993). The Guinness Who's Who of Soul Music (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 314. ISBN 0-85112-733-9.
  2. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 251. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.
  3. ^ Doc Rock. "The Dead Rock Stars Club 2007 January to June". Retrieved 2015-08-24.

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