Lee Young, Jr.

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Those who literally think Young can follow this musical dynasty as it overlaps the worlds of players and music industry suits alike. Tenor saxophonist Lester Young is the most famous one in the bunch.…
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Those who literally think Young can follow this musical dynasty as it overlaps the worlds of players and music industry suits alike. Tenor saxophonist Lester Young is the most famous one in the bunch. His kid brother Lee Young -- or rather Lee Young, Sr. in reference to the artist under discussion -- started out as a drummer but about a half century later had become an A&R rep for companies such as Vee-Jay and Motown. The latter gold mine of classic soul is where the father and son who are both named Lee Young directly intersect. Both have production credits associated with releases on the label. Lee Young, Jr. became vice president of Motown in 1976. He has also represented the firm on some of its many legal issues, resulting in courtroom scuttlebutt easily dominating whatever news may have circulated concerning his creative activities.

Production credits for the son reveal an interest in gospel as well as jazz and soul. Young may have been pressed into some of these assignments as a "warm body." The worst that might have been said about him in this capacity was innuendo that he locked Pharoah Sanders out of the mixing sessions for Black Unity in order to prevent the saxophonist from demanding his instrument be mixed at a properly lethal level. Listeners who do not enjoy Sanders' shrieking sound should be reminded of the producer's relation to Lester Young while savoring this anecdote.