The brilliant Reggie Young has worked with big stars like Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson. He had also worked with Elvis Presley and Reba McEntire in creating classic country staples. The respected guitarist died on the 18th of January in Nashville. He was 82 years old. The cause of death was not given.
The Commercial Appeal listed more than a dozen of classic staples that Young had worked on. The list ranges from Elvis Presley’s “Suspicious Minds,” Willie Nelson’s “Always on my Mind,” Waylon Jennings’ “Luckenbach Texas,” Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline,” and the catchy guitar lick on Dusty Springfield’s “Song of a Preacher Man.” B.B. King, Bob Dylan, and Paul Simon are a few more notable artists who hired him.
When the Highwaymen supergroup formed among Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, and Waylon Jennings, Young played on their No. 1 records and even toured with them.
The guitarist started his illustrious career in Memphis. Even then, he was an in-demand session player. He opened for the Beatles with the Bill Black Combo way back 1964. Young rose to fame and acclaim in the ’60s as part of the Memphis Boys at American Studios.
Young had a very humble response when asked about the success that he had garnered:
“We thought it was normal. But it was extraordinary. The talent of everybody combined contributed to the success.”
Young’s official social media page released details about how fans can pay their last respects to the legend:
“The making of friends who are real friends, is the best token we have of a man’s success in life.” Edward E Hale, a favorite quote of Reggie Young.
Visitation will be Monday, January 21, 1:00 – 2:00 pm with a Celebration of Life beginning at 2:00 pm at Franklin First United Methodist Church, 120 Aldersgate Way, Franklin, TN 37069
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Nashville Musicians Hall of Fame 401 Gay Street, Nashville TN 37219 (615)244-3263via Reggie Young’s Official Facebook Page