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Country Producer and Guitarist Chip Young Dead at 76

12/24/2014
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(Radio.com) Chip Young has died a month after he underwent triple bypass surgery at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville, Tenn. He was 76. Nashville guitarist and producer Young, real name Jerry Marvin Stembridge, was well known for his thumb-picking guitar style on tracks like Dolly Parton's "Jolene," Elvis Presley's "Guitar Man" and Charley Pride's "Kiss an Angel Good Morning.

Additionally, he frequently played back up for Presley, Waylon Jennings, Jerry Lee Lewis, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, the Oak Ridge Boys, George Jones, Reba McEntire and Porter Wagoner.

As a producer, Young worked on Billy Swan's 1974 hit "I Can Help" as well as released his own album in 2000 called Having Thumb Fun with My Friends.

In 2009, the Atlanta, Ga., native was inducted into the National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame. Steve Wariner, who had worked with him on numerous records, remembers Young fondly.

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