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Buoyed by the positive reaction he received opening Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's summer 1974 stadium tour, Jesse Colin Young cut another album of attractive, frequently country-tinged music with his usual backup band, in which keyboardist Scott Lawrence and reed player Jim Rothermel had become near collaborators. Young repeated "Josiane" and "Sugar Babe" from his Youngbloods days and took on such unlikely subjects as the plight of Native Americans ("Before You Came"), while his romantic life seemed to be suffering ("Again") and he felt the need to answer his critics ("Slick City"). But his pleasure in playing music remained contagious, especially on the title track, and his fans responded, making Songbird his highest-charting album ever. [Originally released in February 1975 as Warner Bros. 2845, Songbird was reissued in 1994 as Ridgetop Music 1030.]


Born: 22 November 1941 in Manhattan, New York, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Jesse Colin Young got his start as a folksinger in Greenwich Village coffeehouses in the early '60s, releasing two major-label albums, The Soul of a City Boy (April 1964) and Young Blood (March 1965). He met guitarist Jerry Corbitt in Cambridge, MA, and with keyboardist/guitarist Lowell "Banana" Levinger and drummer Joe Bauer, they formed the Youngbloods, initially playing in the jug band, good-time style of the Lovin' Spoonful. Signed to RCA, they released their debut single, Corbitt's "Grizzly...
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