Jay Black, singer of Jay and the Americans, dies at 82

Jay Black
Jay Black

 

Jay Black, 60s pop singer Jay, And The Americans have died at the age of 82, Black’s family confirmed that he died on Friday (October 22) from complications related to pneumonia. Black also suffered from dementia in recent years. The singer – real name David Blatt – was known for his excellent singing and long-standing vocal range, which later became known as “The Voice”.

Black’s son, Jason Blatt, posted a message on the group’s Facebook page confirming the death of his father. “He has been a source of much joy and happiness to many thanks to his legendary voice and humor that has touched many lives around the world.”
A native of Brooklyn, New York, Black was the second Jay in Jay And The Americans, joining the group in 1962 following the departure of their first singer Jay Trainor.

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After the release of the 1963 single “Only In America”, Black entered the top 10 hits of “Cara Mia”, “This Magic Moment”, “Come A Little Bit Closer” and others, only 21 songs hit the charts. …
It is noteworthy that this group opened the first American gig of The Beatles in Washington in 1964.

After their disbandment in 1973, Black embarked on a solo career, and his last performance was in 2017. According to Rolling Stone, Black’s family said, “New and old fans continued to admire the power and range of Black’s voice during his last gig in 2017.

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“He had a special bond with his fans … He thought of them as family, knew many of their names, dedicated songs to them from the stage, and met them after the show, Black is survived by four children, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.