Monday, December 22, 2014
– Nashville producer and guitarist Chip Young, who recorded with everyone from Dolly Parton to Elvis Presley, died on Saturday at 76.
Young, who played on Parton's "Jolene," also played with Waylon Jennings, Jerry Lee Lewis, Kris Kristofferson and Porter Wagoner. He produced Billy Swan's crossover hit "I Can Help" and later Joe Ely's "Honky Tonk Masquerade."
Young was born Jerry Marvin Stembridge in 1938 near Atlanta, Young changed his name at the beginning of his recording career at the urging of his friend Jerry Reed, who also encouraged Young to move to Nashville. Reed, in fact, hired Young as a touring guitarist. He soon was doing studio work on Music Row, including sessions with Reba McEntire, Roger Miller, George Strait, Skeeter Davis, Vern Gosdin, Gordon Lightfoot, Charlie Rich, Leon Russell and Faron Young. He played on Presley's "Guitar Man" and Charley Pride's "Kiss an Angel Good Morning."
Young also started his own recording studio, Young 'Un Sound, in the late 1960's.
Young released his own album in 2000, "Having Thumb Fun With My Friend." Reed, Chet Atkins and Scotty Moore all played on the disc.