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Jay Black, Lead Singer of Rock Group Jay and the Americans, Dies at 82

Jay Black, Lead Singer of Rock Group Jay and the Americans, Dies at 82

10/24/2021 4:10:00 AM

Jay Black, Lead Singer of Rock Group Jay and the Americans, Dies at 82

Among the group's 21 charting hits were 'Only In America,' 'Come A Little Bit Closer,' 'Cara Mia,' 'This Magic Moment,' and 'Walkin’ In The Rain.'

Jay Black, lead singer of rock group Jay and the Americans, has died from complications due to pneumonia, his family announced on Saturday. He was 82.Born in Brooklyn and originally named David Blatt, Black changed his name upon joining Jay and the Americans, in which he replaced Jay Traynor. The band’s albums include

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Come a Little Bit CloserandSands of Time.Among the group’s 21 charting hits were “Only In America,” “Come A Little Bit Closer,” “Cara Mia,” “This Magic Moment,” and “Walkin’ In The Rain.” Fans would call Black “The Voice” because of his impressive vocal range.

The band, which was most active in the 1960s, made numerous appearances on pop radio programs includingHullabalooWhere the Action Is; as well as variety shows such asThe Tonight Show With Johnny CarsonandThe Merv Griffin Show. In 1964, Jay and the Americans opened for The Beatles at their first U.S. concert tour. headtopics.com

After the group disbanded in 1973, Black continued performing performing and often included “Pretty Woman” and “Cryin” in his live act as a tribute to music icon Roy Orbison. He also acted in the TV movieContract on Cherry Street, which starred Frank Sinatra and Joe De Santis.

Black is survived by four children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Read more: Hollywood Reporter »

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