b. Jerry Marvin Stembridge, 19 May 1938, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. A highly respected country music guitarist, Young became a first-call session player in Nashville, Tennessee, for many noted artists and was especially active in the 60s. Among those with whom he played over the years have been Skeeter Davis, Waylon Jennings, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley and Charlie Louvin, appearing on the latter’s 80th birthday tour. He also recorded with Billy Swan, accompanying his swirling organ feature, ‘I Can Help’. Among the sessions on which Young can be heard are several Presley compilation albums, including From Nashville To Memphis: The Essential 60s Masters, Walk A Mile In My Shoes: The Essential 70s Masters, Elvis In Concert, That’s The Way It Is and Today. Young also plays on the Oak Ridge Boys’ Have Arrived (1979) and Fancy Free (1981), and Willie Nelson’s A Horse Called Music (1989).
As its title suggest, on his 2000 solo debut Having Thumb Fun With My Friends Young teamed up with various artists among whom were Chet Atkins, Jimmy Capps, Jerry Kennedy, Grady Martin, Scotty Moore, Wayne Moss, Jerry Reed, Leon Rhodes, Pete Wade and Reggie Young. Also active as a record producer, Young’s involvement in country music as both performer and producer has been extensive and deep.