Guitarist Reggie Young, a Memphis- and Nashville-based session participant whose signature licks outlined hit data from Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and lots of extra, has died. He was 82.
Friend and fellow Nashville Cats session musician David Briggs stated Young died Thursday (Jan. 17) at his dwelling in Nashville, Tennessee.
Young began his illustrious profession in Memphis, the place he was an in-demand session participant working with acclaimed producer Chips Moman, and opened for the Beatles with the Bill Black Combo in 1964. At Moman’s American Studio in Memphis, he performed the signature sitar intro on “Hooked on a Feeling,” by B.J. Thomas, and performed guitar on “Son of a Preacher Man” by Dusty Springfield, “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond, and “Suspicious Minds” by Elvis Presley.
After transferring to Nashville within the 1970s, he grew to become a part of the Nashville Cats session gamers recording lots of of songs for prime nation stars. Young added guitar to No. 1 data together with “Luckenbach, Texas,” by Jennings, “Pancho and Lefty” by Nelson and Merle Haggard and “Always On My Mind,” by Nelson.
When the Highwaymen tremendous group fashioned between Nelson, Jennings, Johnny Cash, and Kris Kristofferson, Young performed on their No. 1 data and even toured with them.
His first-ever album, containing a set of hits he performed on from Memphis to Nashville, was due out later this month by means of London-based report label Ace.