Billy Young


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Soul singer William D. “Billy” Young was born on May 25, 1941 and died on 18th August 1999. He only released one record on Chess, “Have pity on me” and “You left the water running”, which was recorded in 1966. He was based in Macon, Georgia and came to the notice of local legends Otis Redding and Phil Walden. Mr Young’s subsequent recordings, for Mercury, Nothing’s Too Much (Nothing’s Too Good) b/w Too Much and A Year, A Month, A Day b/w Let Them Talk were both produced and arranged by Otis Redding, who was a conscientous mentor. A number of singles were leased to various companies for national distribution but with limited success. Young took an active part in politics and his community until his death.


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