Jay and The Americans
Performing Thursday, January 31, 2019
Jay and The Americans, started by four teenage boys in Sandy Yaguda’s Brooklyn basement fifty years ago, is one of the lasting success stories in rock ‘n roll history. Few bands have ever reached the musical heights of Jay and The Americans. From 1962 to 1971, they charted an amazing twelve Top Ten records. With three original band members, founding member Sandy Yaguda; original member Howie Kirschenbaum; and original member Marty Kupersmith, plus the addition of Jay Reincke, the third and likely the best “Jay” yet, they will bring the authentic sound of their greatest hits to the Surf.
Jay and The Americans’ first recording was “Tonight” (from the musical West Side Story), but their breakout hit song was “She Cried.” The group’s next chart hit was “Only In America,” followed by top-ten hits “Come A Little Bit Closer,” “Cara Mia,” and “This Magic Moment.”
The group’s recording of “Some Enchanted Evening” holds the record for most copies sold of this legendary musical masterpiece. They also hold the distinct honor of recording the great Neil Diamond’s first hit song, “Sunday and Me.” Their recording of “Crying” pays tribute to the legendary Roy Orbison, with whom they toured, along with many other acts including The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.
In 2002, Jay and The Americans were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, placing them among the greatest vocal groups in rock ‘n roll history.
Their scheduled appearance in 2019 will mark Jay and The American’s third appearance at the Surf Ballroom during a Winter Dance Party event.