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James Young

American musician

James Young

American musician
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birthday
14th
November, 1949
Birth Place
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Birth Sign
scorpio
Biography

James Vincent Young (born November 14, 1949) is an American guitarist, singer and songwriter who is best known for playing lead guitar in the American rock band Styx. 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. He was nicknamed by Styx members & long time fans as “J.Y.” and is often referred to as “The Godfather Of Styx”.
In 1970, Young joined the band TW4 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 1984, Young released the solo albums City Slicker (1985 with Jan Hammer),Out on a Day Pass (1993), and Raised by Wolves (1995 with James Young Group). He is the only full-time original member left in Styx’s lineup (Chuck Panozzo makes frequent live appearances, plus a guest appearance on albums) and has appeared on all Styx albums. Young tends to write the more hard rock pieces for Styx. He is best known for the Styx songs “Miss America” and “Snowblind”. Young managed the Chicago, Illinois -based rock band 7th Heaven in 1998 along with Alec John Such of the band Bon Jovi.

instruments played
Guitar
keyboards
Vocals
Associated Acts

Styx

Birth Name

James Vincent Young

Genres

Hard rock, Progressive rock

Labels

A&M, Passport, Absolute Records

Years Active

1966 present

Name

James Young

Nationality

United States of America

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