Young grew up in a Northeast Philadelphia, Pennsylvania rowhouse. She began as a singer of jingles and background vocals for Philadelphia-based production companies. In the early 1970s Young performed with the group Sandd, featuring Frank Gilckin (lead guitar), George Emertz (rhythm guitar), Frank Ferraro (bass guitar) and Dennis Westman (drums).In 1978, Young released a single of the song Hot Shot,
written and produced and by Andy Kahn and Kurt Borusiewicz. The song spent two weeks at number 1 on Billboard'
magazine's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart and eventually peaked at #67 on Hot 100 in 1978. An album, also entitled Hot Shot,
was then released by West End Records of New York City. The song propelled Young to international fame. By 1979, the disco fad dissipated and Young was unable to duplicate her success. Young continued her singing career as a local performer in the Philadelphia area and the song Hot Shot
became a one-hit wonder.Young died of a possible bleeding ulcer in January 1991, at age 39.
Hot Shot in popular cultureHot Shot
was featured in the 1990 film, Reversal of Fortune.
The song was later used as a sample in Daft Punk's song "Indo Silver Club" on their album Homework
. The song was also used by the BBC in the mid-eighties during its coverage of the World Snooker Championship for "hot shots" compilations during the tournament. Various "Hot Shot" remixes were released in 2007. One such, entitled "Hot Shot - The Karen Young Reheat," held the #7 position for two weeks on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, achieving five weeks on that chart's Top 10. "Hot Shot" made three separate appearances in the UK Singles Chart in 1978, 1979 and 1997. The highest placing was number 34."Rendezvous With Me," a song written by Kahn in 1979 was intended as follow-up to "Hot Shot," but was never finished. Discovered in Kahn's tape vault, "Rendezvous With Me" was released by MaxRoxx Music for the first time in March 2009.