James Young (American musician)

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James "J.Y." Young
James JY Young of Styx.JPG
James "J.Y." Young performing with Styx on July 2, 2010 at Memorial Park in Omaha, Nebraska
Background information
Birth nameJames Young
Born(1949-11-14) November 14, 1949 (age 64)
Chicago, Illinois
GenresHard rock, Progressive rock
OccupationsMusician, Songwriter
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals, keyboards
Years active1968–present
Associated actsStyx
 
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James "J.Y." Young
James JY Young of Styx.JPG
James "J.Y." Young performing with Styx on July 2, 2010 at Memorial Park in Omaha, Nebraska
Background information
Birth nameJames Young
Born(1949-11-14) November 14, 1949 (age 64)
Chicago, Illinois
GenresHard rock, Progressive rock
OccupationsMusician, Songwriter
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals, keyboards
Years active1968–present
Associated actsStyx

James V. "J.Y." Young (born November 14, 1949) is a guitarist, singer and songwriter who is best known for playing lead guitar in the American rock band, Styx.[1] Young began playing keyboard and piano at the age of five. He attended Calumet High in Chicago and learned to play clarinet and guitar during those years.

In 1970, Young joined the band TW4[2][3][4][5] while a student at Illinois Institute of Technology, from which he graduated with a bachelor's degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering. That band later became the first incarnation of Styx.

After Styx's initial breakup in 1983, Young released the solo albums City Slicker (1985 with Jan Hammer),[5] Out on a Day Pass (1988), and Raised by Wolves (1995 with James Young Group). He was the only original member left in the Styx's lineup and has appeared on all Styx albums. Tommy Shaw is touring with Styx again, as is Chuck Panozzo as a guest bass guitarist for most concerts. Young tends to write the more hard rock pieces for Styx. He is best known for "Miss America" and "Snowblind". A glance at the album, Best of Styx shows that his songs were more popular in the band's early days than during its years of more mainstream popularity. Young managed the Chicago, Illinois -based rock band 7th Heaven in 1998 along with Alec John Such of the band Bon Jovi.

Discography[edit]

Styx[edit]

Main article: Styx discography

Studio albums[edit]

Live albums[edit]

Solo[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Prato, Greg. "Biography: James Young". AMG. Retrieved 17 May 2010. 
  2. ^ Panozzo, Chuck (2007). The Grand Illusion: Love, Lies, and My Life With Styx. AMACOM. p. 57. ISBN 0814409164. 
  3. ^ Whitaker, Sterling (2007). The Grand Delusion: The Unauthorized True Story of Styx. BookSurge Publishing. p. 16. ISBN 1419653539. 
  4. ^ Clark, Dick (March 29, 1983). "Styx and stones...". Times-News. 
  5. ^ a b Mayne, Mya (April 22, 1986). "His band breaks up temporarily, but James Young 'Styx' to music career". Observer-Reporter. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 

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