Margaret Young was a popular singer and comedienne in the 1920s. She helped popularize such
hits as "Hard Hearted Hannah", "Lovin' Sam The Sheik Of Alabam'", and "Way Down Yonder In New Orleans".
Margaret Youngblood was been born on February 23, 1891 in Detroit, Michigan. She was one of four daughters of Bernard and Minnie (Walters) Youngblood. Margaret's sisters were Hattie (13 years older than Margaret), Bernadette (2 years older), and Eleanore (4 years younger).
Margaret Young was noted for her novelty renditions in an act that was frequently seen in New York as well as various other circuits of the day. Margaret Young was noted for her almost child-like, girlish but appealing vocals. Margaret's short recording career from 1920 to 1925 yielded some 58 sides on the Victor and Brunswick labels.
In the 1920's Margaret Young's sister Eleanore married the great JazzAge songwriter Richard Whiting. Margaret Young was the aunt of the great jazz vocalist Margaret Whiting and was affectionately known as "Aunt Maggie". Richard Whiting supplied Margaret Young with these hits:
Somebody's Wrong (Marshall-Egan-Whiting), Brunswick 2459-B, Apr 30, 1923. What Do They Mean By Love (Whiting-Yellen-Franklin), Brunswick 2514B, Oct 23, 1923. The Grass Is Always Greener (Egan-Whiting), Brunswick 2652B, Jun 6, 1924. Ukulele Lady (Kahn-Whiting), Brunswick 2861A, Mar 31, 1925.
Margaret tried to make a comeback in 1949 after years of retirement. She recorded some records for Capitol Records that year. On April 21, 1956, Margaret makes a brief appearence on the CBS Radio Workshop Show "The Record Collectors". The show was hosted by John Dehner and guests included niece Margaret Whiting.
Margaret Young died on May 3, 1969 in Inglewood, California after a brief illness. She was 78 years old at her death. Margaret is buried along side her sister Eleanore Whiting (widow of Richard Whiting and mother of Margaret Whiting) at Holy Cross Cemetery in Los Angeles.