James Young

Best known as one of the guitarists for arena rockers Styx, James Young has also issued several releases outside of the band. Born James Vincent Young on November 14, 1949, in Chicago, Illinois, Young was introduced to music at the age of five when he began taking piano lessons, which eventually led to the guitar by his teenage years (drawing inspiration from the usual suspects of the era -- Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Johnny Winter, etc.). After working his way through several local bands (such as the Catalinas and Monterey Hand) and acquiring a degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Young eventually decided to form a new outfit, TW4, which would soon transform into Styx. Joining up with frontman Dennis DeYoung, bassist Chuck Panozzo, drummer John Panozzo, and guitarist John Curulewski, the group signed with the now-defunct label Wooden Nickel, issuing a total of four moderately successful releases -- 1972's self-titled release, 1973's Styx II, plus 1974's The Serpent Is Rising and Man of Miracles. By 1975, Curulewski had exited the band, which led to the arrival of newcomer Tommy Shaw and signaled the group's greatest commercial success.

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