Thursday, January 9, 2014

R.I.P.: Jay Traynor

John "Jay" Traynor, who sang with the Mystics and was the original Jay of Jay and the Americans, died on Thursday January 2, 2014. He was 70.

Traynor was born in Brooklyn, NY on March 30, 1943 and started his first group, the Ab-tones, while in his mid-teens.  At the age of 17, Jay was asked to become the new lead singer of The Mystics who had previously had a major hit with Hushabye.  He was the third lead for the group and, by the time of his joining in 1960, the heyday of the harmony vocal groups was coming to a close. Traynor recorded three tracks with the group, White Cliffs of Dover, which became a single though not successful, Blue Star (above) and Over the Rainbow which wasn't released to the public until the 1980's. MORE HERE

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