Today we celebrate the birthday of the leader of The Youngbloods and solo artist Jesse Colin Young! Who was born Perry Miller on November 22, 1941 in New York City. His mother was a violinist and his father an accountant. From 1969 to 1972 Young recorded four albums with band mates: Jerry Corbitt(guitar), Lowell “Banana” Levinger (keyboard/guitar) ,and Joe Bauer(drums). Obviously, “Get Together ” was their biggest hit! One of my favorite songs of the Youngbloods comes from the album Rock Concert. “It’s a Lovely Day”
Young left the band in 1972 and started his solo career again with th album Together, which appears in my vinyl collection. His cover of “Creole Bell” on that album is a favorite! His next two albums From Wikipedia:
In September 1973, Jesse released what many critics claim is his solo masterpiece, Song for Juli, which stayed on the Billboard Top 200 chart for nearly a year.
It was followed onto the chart by Light Shine in 1974, Songbird in 1975, On the Road in 1975, and Love on the Wing in 1976. Each of those Jesse Colin Young solo albums contained breakthrough tracks from country fusion to jazz fusion to blues rock that received airplay on radio stations across America.
During his exploding solo career during the 1970’s, Jesse also continued giving back by helping establish the “No Nukes” movement. Involved from the very beginning, Jesse closed the 1979 “No Nukes” concert and movie joined by legends Jackson Browne, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash singing The Youngblood’s anthem Get Together. You can see this now on Youtube. Full Biography
Song for Juli and Light Shine are my two favorites among his solo releases, with Light Shine being the favorite. Light Shine is a drifting album for me, you just put it on and “drift” with the great music!!
So Happy Birthday Perry, oh no, Jesse! Thanks for all the great music and your political efforts! Here’s some morning music, as Jesse takes us to his “Ridgetop” Note the line “My taxes are high, but I don’t believe it’s a sin!”