Donald's Encyclopedia of Popular Music
(b 12 July '42, Noonan GA) Country singer, guitarist, songwriter. Apprenticeship in Southern bars and honky tonks; went to LA. First LP was Rock, Salt And Nails on A&M, later on Edsel UK with original version of 'Seven Bridges Road', James Burton on guitar and dobro, guests Gram Parsons, Gene Clark etc; album Seven Bridges Road '72 on Reprise is now on Rounder CD. He moved to Nashville, made Renegade Picker '76, No Place To Fall '77 on RCA; Honky Tonk Man '76 on Mountain Railroad, later on Rounder; To Satisfy You '81 on Rounder, Old Memories on Country Roads, Look Homeward, Angel on Mill. Both Renegade Picker and Seven Bridges Road incl. 'Lonesome Orn'ry And Mean', covered for title track of Waylon Jennings's '73 album; Jennings called him 'the second best country singer' after George Jones. The Eagles covered 'Seven Bridges Road' for a pop hit '80, but Young remained underrated. Further albums were Long Time Rider '90 on Voodoo, Solo, Live and Switchblades Of Love on Watermelon.