Bill Young, Legendary Concert Promotion Professional, Dead at 74

Legendary concert promotion professional Bill Young, founder and COO emeritus of Bill Young Productions, Inc., passed away May 30 in Sugar Land, Texas, after a long battle with lung disease. He was 74.

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Bill Young Production is an audio and video production company that creates marketing materials for concerts and touring artists. “Bill will always be remembered for his integrity, and the passion he brought to everything he did,” says Mike McBath, the company’s CEO and a longtime colleague of Young, in a statement released by the company. 

“Bill acted a mentor to all of us, challenging us to pull deep from within and never take the easy road,” adds Sid Farbstein, the company’s Sr. Vice President. BYP President Steve Kelly says, “The single one thing I will always remember Bill Young for is when he said, 'always do the right thing.' He lived by this. No written contract was ever stronger than Bill Young's word and a handshake."

Young founded Bill Young Productions in 1981 and grew the organization from a small producer of radio commercials to a full service creative agency for the live entertainment business, also producing national radio and television campaigns for GMC, Buick, Six Flags, Wrangler, Exxon, Randall’s/Thom Thumb, and Warren Buffet’s Star Furniture. Additionally, Young produced music videos for such artists as George Strait, Clint Black, Clay Walker, Mark Chesnutt and Billy Dean.

In 1996, Young sold the business to four key employees who had been with him for over a collective 75 years. The company remains a top resource for artists and promoters.

Survivors include his wife, Sharon; two sons, Eric E. Young and William Scott Young; his sister, Judy Pippin; and two grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the Alpha-1 foundation at www.alpha-1foundation.org, or the charity of choice. A memorial service will be held on June 7 at Second Baptist Church in Houston.


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