Karen Young

Karen Young

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US-American singer from Philadelphia, PA (March 23, 1951-January 26, 1991); best known for her hit "Hot Shot". Well-known for her ability to scat-sing and deliver vocals with ferocious energy, Young was also a gifted pianist and songwriter.
Karen Young grew up in a Northeast Philadelphia, Pennsylvania rowhouse. Before becoming an overnight international recording star with "Hot Shot," she recorded jingles and background vocals for Philadelphia-based production companies. She died unexpectedly of a bleeding ulcer.
The song "Hot Shot" peaked at #67 on Billboard Magazine's Hot 100 in 1978, after enjoying two weeks at #1 on that magazine's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, thus qualifying Young as a bona-fide one-hit wonder. "Hot Shot" was written, produced and arranged by Philadelphians Andy Kahn and Kurt Borusiewicz. Walter "Kandor" Kahn was executive producer. An LP also entitled "Hot Shot" followed the hit single, both released by West End Records of NYC. "Hot Shot" was featured in the 1990 movie "Reversal of Fortune." The song was later used as a sample in Daft Punk's song "Indo Silver Club" on their album Homework. "Hot Shot" re-mixes by Andy Kahn, MaxRoxx Music, DJ Ralphi Rosario, DJ Wayne G and DJ Paul Goodyear were released in 2007. That remix entitled "Hot Shot - The Karen Young Reheat" held the #7 position for two weeks on Billboard Magazine's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart achieving five weeks on that chart's Top Ten.
"Rendezvous With Me" a song written by Andy Kahn for Karen Young and recorded by the artist in 1979 was intended as the follow-up to "Hot Shot" but was never finished. Discovered in Kahn's tape vault, it was finally released in 2008 utilizing Karen's vocal performance and Kahn's original horn arrangement tracks in the form of new mixes by the MaxRoxx Team, DJ Paul Goodyear and DJ Zathan Radix.
In the early 1970s Young performed with the group Sandd, featuring Philadelphia musicians Frank Gilckin lead guitar, George Emertz rhythm guitar, Frank Ferraro bass and Dennis Westman drums.
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Karen Young Discography

Albums

WE 105 Karen Young Hot Shot (Album) West End Records WE 105 US 1978 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

WES 1211 Karen Young Hot Shot (Single, Maxi) West End Records WES 1211 US 1978 Sell This Version
ATL 11 234 Karen Young Bring On The Boys (Single) West End Records ATL 11 234 Netherlands 1978 Sell This Version
KY-1 Karen Young Baby You Ain't Nothing Without Me(12", Single, Promo) West End Records KY-1 US 1978 Sell This Version
SG 800 Karen Young God Bless America(7", Promo) Sunshine Recordings SG 800 US 1980 Sell This Version
SG 804 Karen Young One Sure Way(7", Promo) Sunshine Recordings SG 804 US 1980 Sell This Version
SG 807-12 Karen Young Dynamite (Single) Sunshine Recordings SG 807-12 US 1981 Sell This Version
BS-028 Karen Young Deetour Black Sun BS-028 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
RAMSH 12-3148 Karen Young Expressway To Your Heart (Single) Atlantic RAMSH 12-3148 Netherlands 1982 Sell This Version
FLAME 40T Karen Young You Don't Know What You Got (Single) The Boardwalk Entertainment Co, The Sunshine Group Ltd. FLAME 40T UK 1983 Sell This Version
DEST 3 Karen Young Hot For You (Single) Sunshine Recordings DEST 3 UK 1983 Sell This Version
WES DJ-22177 Karen Young Come-A-Runnin' West End Records WES DJ-22177 US 1984 Sell This Version
TTW 87134 Karen Young Change In Me / Eye On You(12", Promo) Wide Angle TTW 87134 US 1987 Sell This Version
MRX00002 Karen Young Rendezvous With Me(10xFile, MP3, Maxi, 320) MaxRoxx Music MRX00002 US 2009

Compilations

HTCD 45-2, none Karen Young The Best Of Karen Young: "Hot Shot"(CD, Comp) Hot Productions, Sunshine Entertainment HTCD 45-2, none US 1994 Sell This Version

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CapRock

CapRock

April 17, 2012
The lp of Karen Young with Michel Donato called : Contredanse is from another Karen Young. A woman that quitted the USA and still is alive inthe province of Quebec in Canada. The CD on Ursh her second on her own company have some other issues i don't have under hand. The only think i'm sure it's she is not the same that sang Hot Shot.

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