Young-Holt Unlimited was a highly acclaimed soul, R&B, and jazz instrumental group from Chicago that became famous during the late 1960s. They are best known for the upbeat, Latin-influenced "Wack Wack" (1966) and the sophisticated and polished "Soulful Strut" (1968).
Formed in 1966 and first known as The Young Holt Trio, the original lineup consisted of bassist Eldee Young (January 7, 1936 - February 12, 2007) and drummer Isaac "Redd" Holt (b. May 16, 1932) (both formerly with The Ramsey Lewis Trio), along with pianist Don Walker. After Walker left in 1968 and was replaced by Ken Chaney, the group was renamed Young-Holt Unlimited.
The Young Holt Trio debuted in 1966 with "Wack Wack," a Top 20 hit on the R&B charts which also made the Pop/Rock Top 40. As Young-Holt Unlimited, the group had its greatest hit in 1968 with "Soulful Strut," a Top 5 hit on the R&B, Pop/Rock, and Adult Contemporary charts which soon after went gold. This song was later used as the instrumental backing for Barbara Acklin's 1969 hit, "Am I The Same Girl." Young-Holt Unlimited's hits also include their instrumental rendition of Johnnie Taylor's "Who's Making Love" (1969) and "Just A Melody" (1969), a minor R&B hit. The group's final charting song came in 1970 with "Mellow Dreaming."
After Young-Holt Unlimited disbanded in 1974, Young continued playing in the Chicago area and in his later years, divided his time between Chicago and the Far East. Holt continued on as Redd Holt Unlimited into the 1990s and has remained active to the present day. Young-Holt Unlimited released 12 albums through 1973, including such favorites as "Wack Wack" (1966), "The Beat Goes On" (1967), "Soulful Strut" (1968), "Born Again" (1971), and "Young-Holt Unlimited Plays Super Fly" (1973).
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- The Chicago Tribune remembers Young-Holt Unlimited bassist Eldee Young.
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The Young-Holt Trio
- Wack Wack 1966
(In this mostly instrumental song, the song title is spoken once or twice.)
- Soulful Strut 1968
(This song was used as the instrumental track for "Am I The Same Girl" by Barbara Acklin.)
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