Sunday, October 24, 2021

RIP Jay Black aka The Voice

(Note, this is not my Music Moves Me post for this week - that will be posting normally early Monday morning Eastern time.)

On October 22, Rock and Roll Heaven received a new inductee, born David Blatt but better known as Jay Black, lead singer for Jay and the Americans.  Jay Black died at the age of 82 from complications of pneumonia.

He became known as "The Voice" and what a voice he had.

Jay and the Americans were one of the 60's groups I loved to listen to, thanks to his singing voice.  Growing up in New York City, I remember the late DJ Dan Ingram playing around with one of his songs, Cara Mia, but it was all in good fun.

So why not start this tribute post with Cara Mia?

Another favorite, "Come A Little Bit Closer", from 1964.

I have to include this live performance of Jay Black singing Cara Mia at age 62. Do you think his voice has stood the test of time?  Standing O!!

Last but not least, Jay Black singing Only in America live in 2009.  I never knew that this song was a cover of a song by The Drifters.

In 2014, Jay announced that he had Alzheimers.  

Now that wonderful voice has been silenced.

May Jay Black forever RIP. 

Want more music?  Join me and other music lovers tomorrow for Music Moves Me.  And, if you have at least one video to share, you are more than welcome to join us! (details in tomorrow's post.)


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