2014-01-03 13:03:53 UTC
Jay Black (Nov. 2, 1938 - ), now 75, was the second 'Jay' and the most
famous of the three.
Black sang "Cara Mia" "Come a Little Bit Closer" "Only in America" and
"This Magic Moment" for Jay & The Americans.
Jay Black's website: http://www.jayblackthevoice.com
"...Because of contractual difficulties with the record companies, Jay
decided he would focus on being an entertainer instead of a recording
artist. This decision has paid off handsomely. To quote Jay, "I'm an
entertainer who happens to sing." And sing he does, being given the title
"The Voice" which once belonged to Frank Sinatra!
Jay Black continues to tour and play to sold-out audiences. Their stirring
performance of "Cara Mia" on the 2001 PBS show "Rock, Rhythm and Doo Wop"
has generated a resurgence in popularity for the group, and Jay Black has
earned the nickname "The King of Westbury" for his unparalleled record of
sell-out concerts at New York's Westbury Music Fair, which is the number one
venue of its size."
Jay Black singing "Cara Mia" for PBS in 2011, at 72:
Jay Black singing "Cara Mia" for PBS in 2001, at 62, with his famous apology
on "not hitting the high notes" as well as he used to, which is certainly
not true, as this video attests. He makes Frank Sinatra sound like an
amateur on his amazing range!
"I am so damned jealous of this man!!!!! Tried to sing it once... DESTROYED
IT!!!! This is one song that I will never cover..... It belongs to this man
"I dare someone half his age to hit those high notes. Jay YOU ROCK."
Jay Black singing "Cara Mia" (#4 on Billboard) on "Shindig" with 'The
Americans' on July 28, 1965, when he was 26: