NEW YORK – Jay Black, frontman of 1960s rock band Jay and the Americans, who has performed rising vocals on hits like “This Magic Moment”, https://www.nwaonline.com/news/2021/oct / 25 / the-americans-jay-60s-vocalist-dies-from-illness / “Cara Mia” and “Come a Little Bit Closer” are deceased. He was 82 years old.
The group announced the death of Black, born David Blatt, in a statement on Saturday. Band member and singer Sandy Deanne said Black died of complications from pneumonia on Friday. Rolling Stone reported that he had suffered from dementia in recent years.
âWe have shared some wonderful and very controversial moments, and just like an ex-wife, we are so proud of the beautiful children we have created,â the group said in a statement. “We will always remember The Voice.”
Black joined Jay and the Americans in 1962, replacing the group’s lead vocalist Jay Traynor. One of their biggest hits was a cover of the Drifters “https://www.nwaonline.com/news/2021/oct/25/the-americans-jay-60s-vocalist-dies-from-illness/” This Magic Moment, âwhich reached No. 6 on the Billboard charts and sold over a million copies.
After the band disbanded in 1973, Black continued as a solo performer until his last gig in 2017. In their heyday, Jay and the Americans regularly starred in variety TV series.
Black also appeared in Frank Sinatra’s 1977 television film “Contract on Cherry Street”.