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Evelyn Young

An American saxophonist.

Saxophonist, sessions musician who had backed famed artists on recordings such as B.B.King - Little Richard etc.

Evelyn Young (1928-1990) learned the fundamentals of music in the Memphis City School system and played in the popular Manassas High School Swing Band, "The Rhythm Bombers."

By the age of 14 she was performing professionally (accompanied by a chaperone) on Beale Street in the famous house band of Mitchell's Hotel, led by the master saxophonist, Bill Harvey.

In the late 1940's she became friends with B.B. King when they performed at Mitchell's Hotel and toured with King for 8 years.

She performed on B.B. King's historic recordings Three O'Clock in the Morning, and Story From My Heart.

Young played with Memphis music legends Bobby "Blue" Bland, Little Milton and Memphis Slim as well as with the bands "The Blues Alley All-Stars" and "The Fieldstones."

Young's extraordinary feats on the saxophone were show-stoppers, They called her "The Whip" because she used to blow that sax so hard it'd sound like I was whipping it.

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