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Interview Date: June 18, 2008
Job Title: Musician, Guitarist
Reggie Young is known throughout the world as one of the great studio session players referred to as the Memphis Boys. He played guitar on thousands of recordings as a session player in Memphis and later Nashville during the 1960s, 70s and 80s - turning out hit recordings that forever changed popular music. The Memphis Boys became the name of a group of session players at American Studio in Memphis, which included Bobby Emmons, Gene Chrisman, Mike Leech, Bobby Wood and Reggie. Reggie’s introduction to the studios came after forming a popular group with Elvis Presley’s bass player called the Bill Black Trio. After several hits and a long touring schedule with Bill Black, Reggie was offered a chance to work in the studios. His many guitar solos include the now classic on Dobie Gray’s recording of “Drift Away.”