Kenny Young

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Kenny Young


Kenny Young (born Shalom Giskan, 14 April 1941, Jerusalem – 14 April 2020, Banbury, Eng.) was an American songwriter, musician, producer and environmental campaigner.

After moving to the U.S. with his parents as a child, he grew up in the Lower East Side of Manhattan and attended Rabbi Jacob Joseph School, Seward Park High School and the City University of New York (CUNY), where he majored in sociology and psychology.

Young wrote and in some cases produced hit songs for The Drifters, Ronnie Dove, Herman's Hermits, Mark Lindsay, Reparata and the Delrons, Clodagh Rodgers, Quincy Jones, and Fox, among others. His most successful and famous songs as a writer include the Grammy Hall of Fame song Under the Boardwalk (co-written with Artie Resnick), and the Grammy Award winning song Ai No Corrida (co-written with Chaz Jankel). From the late 1960s, he lived in the United Kingdom.

Both Young and Resnick were nominated for membership into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012.

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