Jay & The Americans were discovered while students at New York University in 1959 and shortly after got signed to United Artists Records. Their first success was “She Cried” which peaked at #5 in 1962. Shortly after that lead singer Jay Traynor left the group and was replaced by the booming voice of Jay Black.
With Jay #2 they started a string of well-received singles starting with “Come A Little Bit Closer” in 1964. In 1965 they released Jay’s vocal opus, “Cara, Mia”. The Top 5 smash shows off Jay’s dynamic vocal range. They would continue with “Some Enchanted Evening” and their fantastic cover of Roy Orbison’s ”Crying”.
Jay & The Americans were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2002.
Come A Little Bit Closer – #3 (1964)
Cara, Mia – #4 (1965)
She Cried – #5 (1962)
This Magic Moment – #6 (1968) GOLD
Let’s Lock The Door (And Throw Away The Key) – #11 (1964)
Some Enchanted Evening – #13 (1965)
Crying – #25 (1966)
Can’t Take My Eyes Off You
Hold Me Tight
It Hurts To Be In Love
Only You (And You Alone)
The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine (Anymore)
Without Love (There Is Nothing)