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Jesse Colin Young

Jesse Colin Young got his start as a folksinger in Greenwich Village coffeehouses in the early '60s, releasing two major-label albums, The Soul of a City Boy (April 1964) and Young Blood (March 1965). He met guitarist Jerry Corbitt in Cambridge, MA, and with keyboardist/guitarist Lowell "Banana" Levinger and drummer Joe Bauer, they formed the Youngbloods, initially playing in the jug band, good-time style of the Lovin' Spoonful. Signed to RCA, they released their debut single, Corbitt's "Grizzly Bear," a chart entry, in November 1966, followed by their self-titled debut album in February 1967. The album featured the group's version of Dino Valenti and Bob Cullen's idealistic folk anthem "Get Together," which was released as a single in July and also made the charts. Earth Music (November 1967) followed. By the time of Elephant Mountain (April 1969), they had moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and Corbitt had dropped out. RCA re-released "Get Together" as a single after it was used as in a public-service commercial for the National Council of Christians and Jews, and it became a gold Top Ten hit. The Youngbloods also made the singles charts with Young's songs "Sunlight" (November 1969) and "Darkness, Darkness" (May 1970). Forming their own Raccoon Records label with distribution by Warner Brothers, they released the live albums Rock Festival (October 1970) and Ride the Wind (July 1971), followed by the studio album Good and Dusty (November 1971). Young recorded a solo album, Together (March 1972), and due to its success he disbanded the Youngbloods after their final album, High on a Ridge Top (November 1972). He then made Song for Juli (September 1973), Light Shine (March 1974), Songbird (February 1975), On the Road (April 1976), and Love on the Wing (March 1977), all of which charted in the Top 100. He moved to Elektra Records for the less successful American Dreams (November 1978) and The Perfect Stranger (July 1982). Like most folk-rock singer/songwriters, he was abandoned by the major labels in the '80s, but he continued to tour in an acoustic format, also appearing with a re-formed Youngbloods lineup featuring Corbitt and Banana (Bauer had died) in 1984 and 1985. He returned to recording in 1987 with The Highway Is for Heroes on the short-lived Cypress Records label. He launched his own Ridgetop Music label, releasing Makin' It Real (October 1993), and followed with Swept Away (September 1994), Crazy Boy (1995), a compilation, and Sweetwater (June 1996), a live album. Meanwhile, he had acquired the rights to his Mercury, Warner Brothers, and Elektra albums and began to reissue them. This effort was interrupted by a fire at his home in October 1995 that destroyed some of his album masters. But he pacted with Bean Bag Entertainment, and the reissue program has resumed. (Bean Bag Entertainment, 37101, Highway 1, Monterey, CA 93940. (408) 625-1851 Fax: (408) 625-1809.) ~ William Ruhlmann
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Nudnik
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Salxg533 yes we did ,I never stopped trying
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This cut was inspiring back in the day. Also Light Shine!
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Sweetness!
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Jesse Colin Young--the perfect voice for singing 'Lovely Day.' Less successful when he tries the blues. I agree with earlier poster about 'Song for Juli'--a brilliant and underrated album. Sad to hear that he no longer lives on a ridge top--I think it burned down and he moved out to Hawaii.
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charzaki
I wish this song would be played everyday for a week everywhere.
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We tried to save the world and almost succeeded. Come from Love.
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Nobody can deny that this band had a fantastic sound. They are on my top 12 list.
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J CYoung one of the best, enjoyed his music through the yrs. and still do
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just love his music!
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alabastervil l i s 0
the only good thing that came out of the 60s was me
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carolbeelynx
Again Calif. memories! JCYoung added to them. Very good message and glad the Unitarian Church had him in Walnut Creek. Lived in Oakland way back!
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lauri.dahir
A message for the ages!
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Possibly one of the best produced and arranged songs of the late 60's! Wish they would have done more!
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danhasey
Jesse was performing at the Walnut Creek Unitarian Church & I requested "Ridgetop" & an "oh no" murmured through the crowd. Jesse responded, "It's OK folks, he doesn't know." He explained about the fire-then he said, "I think I'm ready to do that song again." I was treated to my favorite JCY song from 4 feet away!
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saw Jesse at the universal amphitheater in Los Angeles in 1972 and he did Ridgetop which completely blew away the crowd. Best live song I have ever heard. thank you for a wonderful life experience.
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I live on a ridge top, and lord knows I like it just fine... Lots of memories.
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I've been enjoying Jesse's music for more than 40 years! After Elephant Mountain, I started buying his other albums...I don'have them all but have a good collection. His music is timeless & I enjoy it as much today as I did in the early 70's. Thanks for the
"Good Times", Jesse!
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shankinson8
I must've listened to the album song for Julia a million times in the late 70s and 80s and 90s. I hope Julia is doing well today
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gkherren
we named our beautiful baby girl (1977) juli - 'nuff said
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awesome lyrics and what a heartfelt voice! love him!
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efriedrich37 4
Saw him years ago in a little bar in Ballard, Wash. Just him and some kind of box that played all the background music. Was stupendous. Will never forget.
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Fell in love with Jesse's music 40 years ago at 13 - and still am today
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Paintedman S.F last time I got high with him? Please contact. At Jim Mas at Derby, Ct miss the music and the dream that summer of love had. PEACE
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Paintedman where is Jessie c Young?
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bobmc17
Friend of mine Turned me on to him in 76.....still hooked....
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npence30
fell madly in love with Jesse and his beautiful music back in 1974. Saw him and his incredible band in KC in 1975. Not a dry eye in the place at one point, was so amazing. To this day, still rocks my world. Thanks for the fantastic memories and music. Love you forever :)
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paulee0214
Springfield (MA)Civic Center circa 1976 Does anyone out there recall Jesse coming back for six,yes count them, six encores!
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I still have Soul of a City Boy stashed away. I play Four In The Morning when I need a Jesse fix!

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sally.crouse
Such great music, poetry for the soul, brings back memories of when I was young and in college, then starting off on my own...love, love Grey day, song for Juli, they paint such beautiful pictures of the West coast and beauty in nature!
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What wonderful memories....
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Who was the sax?
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AWESOME SOUND!

MARK
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victoria.f.b r o w n
Just special memories of your music singing in my life!
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One of my faves saw twice in philly phoenix in mid 70s
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Song for Julie and On the Road are definitely overlooked classics. If you can find them, buy them. Agree with the comment on his reed player also. A great group of session guys on these two/
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bhampton24
Thanks, Jesse. Great music, great poetry! I still glow when I hear your songs, your voice. What more can you wish.... you touched our hearts.
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msmith3690
I lived in a one-room cabin in NW Montana in the summer of 1977. I had one album. It was Jesse Colin Young's Greatest Hits. It will always stay with me.
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docker_hartf i e l d
Docker Have all your albums, vinyl Pristine! Ridge Top will convert anybody.
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christinepri e s t
Jesse the Best memories ever!!!
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Song For Juli----trul y one of the most highly underated recordings of the modern era----a masterpiece for sure:-) Is Jesse still touring?
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Loved you back in the day!! Love song for Juli, Barbados, among others. Saw you in concert in the 70's awsome tub piano, sound was amazing. If my memory serves me right!! Getting old now. Happy to find your music again.!!
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cowdog68
four in the morning and the water is pouring down...Thank s
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two trips has it been re-issued?
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elizabeth.m0 9
love sax in High on a Ridge Top and the song-Song for Juli
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therakes
Hey Don
I saw that show in Buffalo as well....and was trying to remember who else played , saw some great shows at Rich Stadium including Clapton who brought up Freddie King to jam on Hideaway and have you ever loved a woman, the stones Yes, the who, skynard...so m e great concerts in Ol Orchard park
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nprostko
Love you "go happy feeling" in songs. Your voice is great, but not when you go into serious stuff. Your happy sojngs win every time.
I know millions of people following you. It's just kinda older now, but still large. Bozz Scaggs is still a great guy for us as well....you see...your are awesome for that type of person, and I think that there a alot these days! love, nancy
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