Jay Black, Singer for Jay and the Americans, Dies at 82 | Entertainment News

By JAKE COYLE, AP Movie Author

NEW YORK (AP) — Jay Black, front male for the 1960s rock band Jay and the People, who crooned the soaring vocals to hits like “This Magic Second,” “Cara Mia” and “Come a Tiny Little bit Closer,” has died. He was 82.

The band introduced the loss of life of Black, born David Blatt, in a assertion Saturday. Jay and the Individuals bandmate and vocalist Sandy Deanne claimed Black died Friday from issues of pneumonia. Rolling Stone noted that Black had endured from dementia in latest years.

“We shared the two great and pretty contentious instances, and much like an ex-spouse, we are so very pleased of the lovely little ones we produced,” the band mentioned in a statement. “We’ll generally try to remember The Voice.”

Black joined Jay and the People in america in 1962, replacing the group’s 1st singer, Jay Traynor. A single of their most significant hits was a deal with of the Drifters’ “The Magic Minute.” It attained No. 6 on the Billboard charts and sold extra than 1 million copies.

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After the group disbanded in 1973, Black ongoing as a solo performer up till his previous live performance in 2017. Throughout their heyday, Jay and the People frequently performed on assortment Tv set sequence. Black also appeared in Frank Sinatra’s 1977 produced-for-Television film “Contract on Cherry Road.”

Black for yrs executed underneath the name Jay and the People in america but soon after filing for personal bankruptcy, bought the title to Deanne, whose authentic title is Sandy Yagunda.

Black is survived by 4 youngsters, five grandchildren and two excellent-grandchildren.

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