Soul Serenade: Young-Holt Unlimited, “Soulful Strut”

Young-Holt Unlimited - Soulful StrutIn August of last year I wrote about the Ramsey Lewis Trio, and their 1965 hit, “The ‘In’ Crowd.” In addition to pianist Lewis, the trio included bass player Eldee Young, and drummer Redd Holt. The single was a huge hit, and the album it came from, recorded live at Bohemian Caverns in Washington, D.C., was a Grammy award-winner.

I have no particular insight into what happened, whether it was adversarial, or simply two musicians trying to make a name for themselves, but the following year Young and Holt left Lewis, and formed their own group, the Young-Holt Trio. Lewis soldiered on however. In fact, one of the replacements he brought in was Maurice White, who eventually founded the juggernaut that was Earth, Wind & Fire … (more)

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