Jay & The Americans

60’s Pop

always klick on pic’s.


Origin: Belle Harbor, Queens,                    New York, USA

Years active 1960-1973, 2006-present

New York

Jay and the Americans are an American pop rock group popular in the 1960s. Their initial line-up consisted of John "Jay" Traynor, Howard Kane ( Kirschenbaum), Kenny Vance (né Rosenberg) and Sandy Deanne (né Yaguda), though their greatest success on the charts came after Traynor had been replaced as lead singer by Jay Black.

Biography: Early years

They were discovered while performing in student venues at New York University in the late 1950s. They auditioned for Leiber and Stoller, who gave the group its name.

Career pinnacle

Soon they signed with United Artists Records. With Jay Traynor singing lead, they first hit the Billboard charts in 1962 with the tune "She Cried," which reached #5 (later covered by The Shangri-LasAerosmith, and others). The next two singles did not fare as well, and Traynor left the group. Empires' guitarist Marty Sanders (né Kupersmith) joined the group. He brought David Black (né Blatt) of "The Empires" in to take Traynor's place (after David first agreed to adopt the name Jay Black), and Black sang lead for the rest of the group's major hits.  Read full Info Here >>> Jay & The Americans

 Come a Little Bit Closer [1990] ” — Come a Little Bit Closer - 1964

 25 Hits of The 60’s Vol 2 [1991] ”   Cara Mia - 1965

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