How did Jay Black die? Jay and the Americans lead, 82, was known as ‘The Voice’
Jay and the Americans delivered several chart-topping hits before their split in 1973. ‘Cara Mia’ is one of their most memorable songs
Jay Black, who was best known as the lead singer of the band Jay and the Americans, died on Saturday, October 23 following an illness. He was 82. The official Facebook account of the group shared the unfortunate news while posting one of their iconic monochrome pictures. The late musician is now survived by four children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Jay Black sang the most iconic version of the classic, ‘This Magic Moment’, which was penned by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman. He was famously nicknamed as ‘The Voice’.
The development was reportedly confirmed by Black’s family member. Jay and the Americans delivered several chart-topping hits before their split in 1973. ‘Only In America’, ‘Come A Little Bit Closer’, ‘Cara Mia’, and ‘Walkin’ In The Rain’ are some of their most memorable songs. Speaking of celebrity deaths, we recently lost Lisa Banes in a hit-and-run accident involving an e-scooter. The 'Deliverance' star Ned Beatty too left us for the heavenly abode. Other celebrities that we lost in the last few months include Chick Vennera, DMX, Jeanette Maus, and many more.
How did Jay Black die?
Jay Black died due to complications from pneumonia, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter. In 2014, he had revealed that he might have been suffering from the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, but that was not officially diagnosed. Taking to their official Facebook page, Jay and the Americans paid their final tribute to the legend stating, “Today, we mourn the passing of David Blatt a/k/a Jay Black and we acknowledge the great successes we had with him both as a partner and as a lead singer. We shared both wonderful and very contentious times, and much like an ex-wife, we are so proud of the beautiful children we created. We’ll always remember The Voice.”
Jay Black, whose original name is David Blatt, was born in Brooklyn. He changed his name after he joined the band replacing John "Jay" Traynor as the lead singer. Jay and the Americans were at the peak of their success in the 1960s but they, unfortunately, disbanded in 1973. They also got famous for their albums ‘Come a Little Bit Closer’ and ‘Sands of Time.’ Jay Black along with the band appeared on numerous music programs and variety shows, including ‘Upbeat, Hullabaloo, Shindig!’, ‘Where the Action Is’, ‘The Merv Griffin Show’, ‘The Clay Cole Show’ and ‘The Mike Douglas Show.’
‘Great voice which carried some good melodies’
The fans of Jay Black poured in their tributes as soon as they got the sad news. “This is really sad for me. His voice brought feelings that can’t be compared. Cara Mia why, must we say goodbye Rest In Peace #JayBlack”, said one user as another posted, “What a ride what a trip. I'm happy for him he really did have a great life and lived during great times.” The next one added, “This is terribly sad, he will dearly be missed by many.”
One fan tweeted, “RIP Jay Black ,An amazing voice & talent.” Another shared, “Oh NO!! I still play Jay and the Americans at times. Jay had a beautiful strong voice! RIP.” Meanwhile, one person added, “Great voice which carried some good melodies. Sad biography, however. Condolences.” And, one individual concluded, “Sending many wishes to all his friends and family for peace as they celebrate his journey.”
What a ride what a trip. I'm happy for him he really did have a great life and lived during great times— Craig Savage (@SavageLUFC) October 24, 2021
RIP Jay Black ,— Robert Lerman (@lerman_robert) October 24, 2021
An amazing voice & talent .😢🙏 ❤️ https://t.co/dyuJ8Fa8V3
Oh NO!! I still play Jay and the Americans at times. Jay had a beautiful strong voice! RIP 😢— Rocky Resistor🇺🇸😎 (@RockyResistor) October 24, 2021
Great voice which carried some good melodies. Sad biography, however.— Daniel @ The Cove (@Bookemdanno949) October 24, 2021
sending many wishes to all his friends and family for peace as they celebrate his journey.— Bre Harris (@Momzillaonline) October 24, 2021