Ask 100 people who their favorite American singing group from the 1960’s is…. And the name you are likely to hear most often is Jay Black.
Still bless with perhaps the finest voice to come out of pop music in the past three decades, Jay Black has left an indelible mark on three generations of loyal fans. His performances today are electric, and his rapport with American public has remained remarkably strong since the very beginning.
”In the 1960’s, when everyone was in a revolutionary frame of mind,” Jay Black recalls, “We were the ‘establishment’ group. Today, we still play the same songs that our fans want to hear, and the response and feedback is as strong now as it was in the beginning.”
Jay Black was raised in Brooklyn, and it was in the early 1960’s that he was asked to become the lead singer of a group that was to dominate the record charts for years to come. Jay’s distinctive and resonant voice has belted out such smash hits as “Cara Mia,” “Come a Little Bit Closer,” “Some Enchanted Evening,” “This Magic Moment,” “Walkin In The Rain,” “Sunday And Me,” (Neil Diamond’s first hit as a songwriter) and “Only In America.”
Jay Black boasts a total of 22 charted singles ------ one-third of them million sellers ---- and almost single-handedly carried the American flag during the British rock invasion of the mid-60’s. In fact, the group was even the opening act for the Beatles at their very first appearance in the United States.
Jay Black has performed on virtually every major college campus across the United States. The group placed eight hits on New York radio station WCBS-FM’s most recent All-Time Top 500 list, including number 10, “Cara Mia.” Jay Black has been able to outlast other vocalists who have come and gone with the hula-hoop, tie-dyed shirts and pet rocks due to his golden voice and dynamic stage presence.
“The most frequently asked question I hear is how I developed my voice,” Jay states. “I didn’t ---- I just woke up one day and it was there. I don’t warm up; I don’t sing in the shower ---- I don’t do any of the things you’re supposed to do. I just get out of the car, go onto the stage and perform. I don’t recommend this routine, but it works for me.”
Jay Black’s brilliance as an all-around performer, not just as a singer, has helped keep him prominently in the public eye for the past 30 years. He offers pure entertainment and the audiences that come to see him perform cover a wide range of age groups. He does vintage rock and people love it.
Jay’s versatility (he appeared in the film, “Contract on Cherry Street” with Frank Sinatra) and durability (he received a Gold Record in Holland for “Cara Mia” 15 years after its release) are now legendary in the music industry.
Throughout the ups and downs of his career, however, Jay Black has always found time to make appearances for charities. He has done concerts for children’s organizations, hospitals, and most often for police-related causes. In fact, Jay Black has been named an Honorary Member of Police Benevolent Associations all across the United States as a result of doing more benefit shows and raising more money for police concerns ---- such as Police Orphans and Widows Funds ---- than any other group in the country.
A Jay Black’s concert is always a happening. There is lots of nostalgia, excitement and thrills. Jay’s out-going manner with his audience has solidified his popularity with long-time fans, while at the same time he has made new enthusiasts out of others.
“It’s a tremendous thrill for me to see how people react to our performances,” notes Jay Black. “It just might be that they expect someone to start losing his voice after 30 years, but I shock them by hitting all the same high notes I did back in the 1960’s. I enjoy getting close to an audience and I want them to feel they know me better after a concert is over.”
Billboard: (Reviewing a “Rock ‘N Roll Spectacular” at Madison Square Garden in New York) “Biggest crowd pleaser was Jay Black. Strutting and preening, he had the teeny-boppers in the audience oohing and aahing as he took them through some of his biggest hits.”
Variety: (Reviewing the same “Rock ‘N Roll Spectacular”)
The Aquarian: (Reviewing the later “Rock ‘N Roll Spectacular” at the Brendan Byrne Arena in New Jersey) “Finally, Jay Black took the stage and it became immediately obvious why no one could’ve followed him. Black is a consummate performer, blessed not only with a operatic voice, but stage presence, good looks and musical knowledge.”
The Chronicle: “The hits were performed simply, with Jay Black playing right into the fans hands; he would often accent his preparing for a big note, so the audience would share almost the same thrill (if not a greater one) when Black finally belted the line out.”
New York Newsday: “The most well-rounded entertainer working today, a guy with the most