Jesse Colin Young, critically acclaimed solo artist and lead singer of the legendary classic rock band the Youngbloods, took the nation by storm when the Youngbloods’ single “Get Together” became a worldwide Top 10 hit and a prominent soundtrack for peace. After seven group releases, Young began the production of more than fifteen acclaimed solo albums, including Song for Juli, Light Shine, Songbird, and a live album with his great touring band, titled On the Road. In 2005, he released the most comprehensive collection of his music to date: The Very Best of Jesse Colin Young. For the first time ever, songs from his solo career as well as hits from the Youngbloods were placed in a two-CD package.
Young was born and raised in Queens, New York, in 1941, with his earliest family memories being filled with the joy of music and celebration. His mother was a violinist with a beautiful singing voice and perfect pitch. His father was a Harvard-educated accountant with a passion for classical music. Along with his older sister, the family spent evenings gathered around the piano singing Harvard fight songs and other lively tunes. In 1959, Young won a scholarship to Phillips Academy in Andover, Masachusetts. The rigorous curriculum and strict discipline the school required ultimately resulted in Young being kicked out of the exclusive academy—an event that forever changed the course of his life.