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Jay and the Americans Singer Jay Traynor Dead at 69
Ultimate Classic Rock ^ | January 3, 2014 9:54 AM | Jeff Giles

Posted on 01/04/2014 3:29:27 PM PST by a fool in paradise

Jay Traynor, the singer best known for his stint as the original lead vocalist in Jay and the Americans, has passed away at the age of 69 following a struggle with liver cancer.

ABC News Radio reports that Traynor, who had recently been performing with the Tokens, died in a Florida hospital. His passing was confirmed by Jay Siegel of the Tokens, who was described as “acting as a family spokesperson” in ABC’s report.

Jay and the Americans rose to prominence in 1962 with the hit single ‘She Cried,’ which was supposed to be the B-side of their song ‘Dawning‘ but caught on in its own right after a DJ in San Francisco decided to put it in rotation instead. When further hits failed to materialize, Traynor left the group; as he recalled in a recent interview, he needed money and wanted to avoid being drafted by the Army, so he joined the Marine Reserves instead.

After completing his service, Traynor held down a series of music industry jobs, including working as a song plugger for Warner Bros. (according to Traynor, he was responsible for hooking up Gordon Lightfoot with his early country hit ‘Ribbon of Darkness‘), managing ticket sales for Woodstock, and serving as a road manager for the legendary Bud Prager, who managed a stable of acts that included Mountain and Cream.

Eventually, Traynor returned to singing, performing and recording as a solo artist before touring with Siegel and the Tokens. “He was a pro…he was very versatile in his vocal style, from rock and roll to Frank Sinatra,” Siegel told ABC News Radio. “His demeanor and his look were a perfect fit for my group…he just did a great job onstage and more than that, he did a great job offstage. He was a true gentleman, a very humble guy and I considered him like my brother. He was a great talent and a good friend.”


TOPICS: Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: 2014obituaries; jayandtheamericans; obituary; thetokens

1 posted on 01/04/2014 3:29:27 PM PST by a fool in paradise
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To: Revolting cat!

Number 9? Number 9? Number 9?


2 posted on 01/04/2014 3:30:05 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: a fool in paradise

I saw him in 2012 St Pete..great show..and his voice was still magnificent..he looked healthy.


3 posted on 01/04/2014 3:32:33 PM PST by ken5050 (This space available cheap...)
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To: a fool in paradise

What is it about 2014 seems that famous people have been dropping like flies these past few days


4 posted on 01/04/2014 3:33:34 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: a fool in paradise
Cara Mia by Jay and the Americans. Great song.
5 posted on 01/04/2014 3:34:08 PM PST by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

It’s going to seem to happen at a quicker and quicker pace as the years go, too.


6 posted on 01/04/2014 3:35:19 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: a fool in paradise

Come A Little Bit Closer & Pretty Woman were out at the same time. I imagined PW is be a hot Latin female “walking down the street,” no doubt influenced by the two timing senorita of CALBC


7 posted on 01/04/2014 3:36:18 PM PST by A_Former_Democrat (Merry Christmas Everyone . . .)
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To: RoosterRedux

But not Jay Traynor. Jay Black did that song


8 posted on 01/04/2014 3:39:10 PM PST by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: RoosterRedux
A more recent Cara Mia by Jay (2009)...Cara Mia
9 posted on 01/04/2014 3:40:28 PM PST by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: a fool in paradise

His real name wasn’t Jay, actually, but K.

(Is he the second of today’s deathly trio?!)


10 posted on 01/04/2014 3:42:54 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: AppyPappy

Now that you mention it, I realize that you’re correct, but I can’t remember the song as recorded by Jay Traynor.


11 posted on 01/04/2014 3:45:29 PM PST by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: a fool in paradise

I will be 60 this month, so 69, and Phil Everly’s 74, seem too young to me.........


12 posted on 01/04/2014 3:46:43 PM PST by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

Phil Everly at 74...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3108147/posts

...and now Jay Traynor at 69. And we’re only 4 days into 2014.


13 posted on 01/04/2014 3:47:28 PM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: a fool in paradise

http://www.binsearch.info/?q=Jay+And+The+Americans+-+The+Complete+United+Artists+Singles&max=100&adv_age=1100&server=


14 posted on 01/04/2014 3:50:22 PM PST by Bobalu (The true secret to genius is in creativity, not in technical mechanics)
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To: RoosterRedux
Cara Mia by Jay and the Americans. Great song.

That was Jay Black. I believe the second lead singer of the group. I'm confused too.

15 posted on 01/04/2014 3:54:15 PM PST by Wiggins
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To: AppyPappy

Trivia question. What two famous musicians once played on the touring band of Jay and the Americans (with Jay Black)?


16 posted on 01/04/2014 3:57:08 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Wiggins
Well, it's getting late. Almost 7 PM here.;-)

I have a photographic memory in the mornings (I can remember photographs).

Later in the day, I remember books and stuff.

17 posted on 01/04/2014 4:00:44 PM PST by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: RoosterRedux

RIP Jay. Great Song. But I when I look at the old videos, Jay looks like Carl Sagan. But back in the day I didn’t know Carl.


18 posted on 01/04/2014 4:03:20 PM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Did the ancients know they were ancients? Or did they see themselves as presents?)
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To: a fool in paradise

Phil - US Marine
Jay - Us Marine

Guard those streets of gold, marines! Then again, He’ll probably ask you to sing with the Heavenly Choir.


19 posted on 01/04/2014 4:10:01 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: a fool in paradise

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jay_Traynor

John “Jay” Traynor (March 30, 1943 – January 2, 2014) was an American singer. He was the third lead vocalist of the Mystics, singing falsetto on “The White Cliffs of Dover” and lead on “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” and “Blue Star”. Later, he started Jay and the Americans with Kenny Vance and Sandy Yaguda, and was the original lead singer. He sang lead on the Americans’ first hit, “She Cried,” which was followed up by the LP, She Cried. All recordings were produced by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller, who produced numerous artists and wrote many hits for Elvis Presley, the Drifters, the Coasters, and many more.

Traynor left the Americans, releasing solo records, including “I Rise, I Fall” on the Coral label in 1964. His name on the label was denoted as “JAY ... formerly of Jay & the Americans”.[1] Later in the ‘60s, he released “Up & Over”, produced by Dennis Lambert for Don Costa Productions. The song became a big hit with the UK “Northern Soul” underground dance clubs. Traynor was replaced in the Americans by David Blatt, who agreed to perform under the stage name Jay Black. After working for Woodstock Ventures, the company that put on the “Woodstock” festival, Traynor then began a career working behind the scenes with many ‘70s acts (Mountain, West, Bruce & Laing, The Who, Ten Years After, Yes, and gospel singer Mylon LeFevre).

In 1977 Traynor moved to Albany, New York, near his roots in Greenville and worked at WNYT as a studio camera operator. He then performed with cover bands (George and “Friends”), jazz trios, and finally as the male singer with the Joey Thomas Big Band, where his love for Frank Sinatra’s music began. The Big Band put out a few CDs with Traynor, including Live On WAMC & The Sinatra Show. In 2006, Traynor received a call from Jay Siegel, and he toured with Jay Siegel’s Tokens for the remainder of his life.


20 posted on 01/04/2014 4:13:15 PM PST by abb
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To: a fool in paradise
Not again! Yet another famous musician is dead, dead, dead! When will the madness stop? Soon, there will be nobody left making music.

Just yesterday, we lost one of The Righteous Brothers to Rock & Roll Heaven. We just recently lost Lou Reed who took a walk on the wild side and never returned. Dan Fogelberg will never warble "That Old Lang Syne" again in which the snow turned to rain after drinking a six-pack in his car after meeting an old flame.

Ray Manzarek of The Doors has joined the Lizard King and will never make that creepy organ music again. The one dude who played in for that rock band whose name I can't remember right now is also gone, gone, gone.

John Stewart, who had that big hit song "Gold" is now gone with the "Midnight Wind." Bob Welch who gave us "Ebony Eyes" is also no longer with us. Even Donna Summer, queen of disco, has now gone to the great disco in the sky. Speaking of disco, the one guy who killed disco back in 1979 with his "My Sharona" is also gone - Doug Fieder of The Knack. And the list goes on and on and on.

Half the Beatles and 2/3 of the BeeGees dead dead dead. Andy Gibb too. Davy Jones of the Monkees is now in, well, Davy Jones' locker. So is Gerry Rafferty and Malcolm McLaren, manager of the Sex Pistols. One of the Beastie Boys is now dead and so is Joe Strummer and Joey Ramone.

And the list of the rock music dead goes on and on. Al Wilson, Wilson Pickett, Andrew Gold, Warren Zevon, Juice Newton, Laura Branigan, Clarence Clemons all gone, gone, gone.

I can keep going but I think I made my point. We are very quickly running out of musicians and soon there will be no more music being made unless we find a way to make all these deaths STOP!

21 posted on 01/04/2014 4:16:27 PM PST by SamAdams76
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To: a fool in paradise

RIP and thanks for the music.


22 posted on 01/04/2014 4:20:36 PM PST by OwenKellogg (Fundamental transformation sucks.)
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To: dfwgator

....think Kenny Vance once sang with them


23 posted on 01/04/2014 4:20:54 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: a fool in paradise

As noted here, most of the well-known hits from Jay and the Americans were sung by Jay Black…real name - David Black:

Cara Mia

Walkin’ in the Rain

Come a little bit Closer

This Magic Moment

Some Enchanted Evening


24 posted on 01/04/2014 4:20:58 PM PST by Drawsing (Fools show their annoyance at once, the prudent man overlooks an insult. Proverbs 12:16)
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To: dfwgator

Steely Dan I think


25 posted on 01/04/2014 4:23:39 PM PST by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: a fool in paradise

This Magic Moment:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpePWo56zm4


26 posted on 01/04/2014 4:35:24 PM PST by Andy'smom
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To: a fool in paradise

RIP.


27 posted on 01/04/2014 4:44:24 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: SamAdams76

Unless I’m mistaken, Juice Newton is still with us...her long-time song writer and producer, Otha Young, passed away four years ago, but Juice (as far as I know) is still alive.


28 posted on 01/04/2014 5:15:15 PM PST by ExNewsExSpook
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To: Drawsing
My theme song:Come a Little Bit Closer
Always makes me grin, remembering my own close shave with "That bad man, Jose" south of the border. Lived to tell the tale. Latinas will be the death me yet. ;)
29 posted on 01/04/2014 5:41:13 PM PST by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: RoosterRedux
My favorite version:

Cara Mia--David Whitfield (1954)

30 posted on 01/04/2014 6:16:14 PM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: a fool in paradise
Here's one that liberals can't stand.

Only in America--Jay & the Americans (1963)

31 posted on 01/04/2014 6:29:38 PM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: dfwgator

fagen and becker.


32 posted on 01/04/2014 6:48:29 PM PST by RitchieAprile
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To: SamAdams76

I didn’t know Juice Newton had passed. Was she still calling herself “Juice”?


33 posted on 01/04/2014 6:54:02 PM PST by lee martell
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To: RoosterRedux

Hullabaloo & Shindig - afterschool


34 posted on 01/04/2014 6:54:03 PM PST by Insigne123 (It is the soldier, not the community organizer, who gives us freedom of the press)
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To: SamAdams76

I didn’t know Juice Newton had passed. Was she still calling herself “Juice”?


35 posted on 01/04/2014 6:58:43 PM PST by lee martell
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To: lee martell

She’s still alive

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juice_Newton


36 posted on 01/05/2014 1:20:02 AM PST by packrat35 (Pelosi is only on loan to the world from Satan. Hopefully he will soon want his baby killer back)
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To: a fool in paradise; dixiechick2000; Travis McGee

That magic moment

I sure skated around the rink to that one....they always played that when it was ladies choice.....

And the same redhead always asked me....and I went to be polite...God love her

When Gary Puckett goes...alas...or Grass Roots....or BJ Thomas...

To come of age in the late 60s....it was wonderful


37 posted on 01/05/2014 1:25:06 AM PST by wardaddy (wifey instructed me today to grow chapter president beard back again....i wonder why?)
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To: a fool in paradise

R.I.P. What a glorious voice he had!!!


38 posted on 01/05/2014 4:25:45 AM PST by pallmallman (Q)
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To: pallmallman

I think I’m talking about Jay Black...


39 posted on 01/05/2014 4:28:38 AM PST by pallmallman (Q)
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To: a fool in paradise
It’s going to seem to happen at a quicker and quicker pace as the years go, too.

Yep - and as a bonus, time flies too. As a kid, Summer lasted a long time. These days, I can blink and it's over.

40 posted on 01/05/2014 5:35:46 AM PST by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: wardaddy

“To come of age in the late 60s....it was wonderful”

Absolutely! Wouldn’t trade those years for anything.


41 posted on 01/07/2014 4:13:23 PM PST by dixiechick2000 (To the GOPe ~ we have more Wacko Birds than you have Elitists. Game on!)
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