Reg­gie Young, gui­tarist for Elvis, has died at 82

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Weather Obituaries - By KRISTIN M. HALL

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Gui­tarist Reg­gie Young, a Mem­phis- and Nashville­based ses­sion player whose sig­na­ture licks de­fined hit records from Elvis, Willie Nel­son, Way­lon Jen­nings and many more, has died. He was 82.

Friend and fel­low Nashville Cats ses­sion mu­si­cian David Briggs said Young died Thurs­day at his home in Nashville, Ten­nessee.

Young started his il­lus­tri­ous ca­reer in Mem­phis, where he was an in-de­mand ses­sion player work­ing with ac­claimed pro­ducer Chips Mo­man, and opened for the Bea­tles with the Bill Black Combo in 1964. At Mo­man’s Amer­i­can Stu­dio in Mem­phis, he played the sig­na­ture si­tar in­tro on “Hooked on a Feel­ing,” by B.J. Thomas, and played gui­tar on “Son of a Preacher Man” by Dusty Spring­field, “Sweet Caro­line” by Neil Di­a­mond and “Sus­pi­cious Minds” by Elvis Pres­ley.

Af­ter mov­ing to Nashville in the 1970s, he be­came part of the Nashville Cats ses­sion play­ers, record­ing hun­dreds of songs for top coun­try stars. Young added gui­tar to No. 1 records in­clud­ing “Luck­en­bach, Texas,” by Jen­nings, “Pan­cho and Lefty” by Nel­son and Merle Hag­gard and “Al­ways on My Mind,” by Nel­son.

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