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This review is from: Come a Little Bit Closer: The Best of Jay and The Americans (Audio CD)
A very successful sixties group in America, they never charted in the UK where they remain virtually unknown. I became interested in their music after hearing Johnny Duncan and Janie Fricke's cover of Come a little bit closer. This collection is proof of their brilliance.
The original lead singer, to be heard on the first six tracks here, was Jay Traynor. He quit and was replaced by David Black, who became Jay Black to avoid having to change the name of the group.
The first single was Tonight, a cover of the famous song from West side story, but done a little differently from the original. This was followed by She cried, which was a #5 hit and by far the biggest hit during Jay Traynor's period with the group.
Come a little bit closer was the first major hit with Jay Black as lead singer, reaching #3. This proved to be their biggest hit, but they had other top 20 hits with Cara Mia (#4), Some enchanted evening (#13), Sunday and me (#18 - an early Neil Diamond composition), This magic moment (#6) and Walkin' in the rain (#19).
They wrote Living above your head themselves. It was only a minor hit, but the Walker brothers covered the song, so European listeners may recognise it because of that.
So it was that, for a few years, Jay and the Americans were a successful sixties group in their homeland, recording a mix of covers and original material. This is as good a collection of their music as you are ever likely to find.