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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
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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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