The band performed ’60s hits ‘Come a Little Closer’, ‘This Magic Moment’ and more
Jay Black, singer of ’60s pop flavor producer Jay & the Americans, has died at the age of 82.
Black’s family confirmed that he died on Friday (22 October) from complications related to pneumonia. Black also suffered from dementia in his later years. The singer – real name David Blatt – was noted for his distinctive croon and long vocal range, known as ‘The Voice’.
Black’s son, Jason Blatt, shared a post on the band’s official Facebook page confirming his father’s passing. “He was a source of great joy and happiness to so many people with his great voice and humour, touching so many lives around the world,” read post.
A Brooklyn, New York native, Black was the second Jay in Jay & the Americans, joining the group in 1962 after the departure of their first vocalist, Jay Treynor.
After releasing his 1963 single ‘Only in America’, Black featured on the top 10 hits ‘Kara Mia’, ‘This Magic Moment’, ‘Come a Little Bit Closer’ and more, with a total of 21 songs making the charts. were supposed. .
Notably, the group was the opening band for The Beatles’ first American performance in Washington DC in 1964.
After their dissolution in 1973, Black embarked on a solo career, with his last performance in 2017. Peru Rolling stone, Black’s family said: “Fans new and old continue to marvel at the strength and range of Black’s voice through his final concert in 2017.
“He had a special bond with his fans … He thought of them as family, knew many of their names, and dedicates songs to them from the stage and visits them after the show.”
Black is survived by his four children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.