Jay & The Americans – Livin' Above Your Head/Try Some Of This!
- Both albums were first released in 1967 on the United Artists record label.
Original copies of these LPs are now commanding prices of £25 each on
the collectors’ market
- Jay & The Americans brought dramatic, sometimes operatic, kinetic energy
to the sounds of 50’s doo wop. Their run of 60’s hits embraced
modern production techniques and important rising songwriters (Tommy Boyce
and Bobby Hart, Neil Diamond etc) while straddling the line between pop-rock
- The group comprised of various members of The Harbor-Lites, The Mystics
and The Empires. After signing with United Artists, where the group spent
its entire career, the label suggested the name Binky Jones and The Americans.
Blanching at that, the group substituted John Traynor’s nickname Jay,
and a classic doo wop band was born
- Later (1971) incarnations of the group included Donald Fagen (vcls/keyboards)
and Walter Becker (vcls/gtr) who of course went on to huge success later in
their careers as Steely Dan
- Also available on BGO: BGOCD524 Jay & The Americans/Sunday And Me
Livin’ Above Your Head:
Livin’ Above Your Head • The Grass Will Sing (For You) • Too Many Times Diana • Over The Mountain • I’ll Remember You • The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Any More • The Reason For Living (For You My Darling) • Monday, Monday • Baby Come Home • Stop The Clock • Look At Me – What Do You See
Try Some Of This!:
You Ain’t As Hip As All That Baby • (There’s) Always Something There To Remind Me • Where’s The Girl • The Show Must Go On • Truly Julie’s Blues • Where Is The Village • Nature Boy • Here There And Everywhere • (He’s) Raining In My Sunshine • What To Do With Laurie • It’s A Big Wide Wonderful World