Singer Jay Black Has Died At The Age Of 82


We send our deepest condolences to his family and friends.

Black’s family said in a statement on Saturday that he passed away shortly the night before from pneumonia complications. According to Rolling Stone, the artist likewise battled dementia in recent years. He was 82 years old at the time.

Photo of the Remarkables mountain range in Queenstown, New Zealand.

His death was announced in a statement on the band’s official Facebook page on Saturday, “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.”

Photo of the Remarkables mountain range in Queenstown, New Zealand.

“We’ll always remember The Voice,” the band’s post ended, referring to a moniker given to him by his bandmates in recognition of his vocal abilities.

Jay Black was the lead vocalist of the 1960s band “Jay and the Americans,” which peaked in popularity during that decade. They were popular enough on its own to play for the Beatles at their concert in Washington, D.C. back in 1964.

Photo of the Remarkables mountain range in Queenstown, New Zealand.

“Cara Mia,” “Come a Little Bit Closer,” and “This Magic Moment” were among the band’s many hits. Although the band officially split in 1973, he continued to perform as a solo artist until 2017.

He has four children, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Reactions to Singer Jay Black Has Died At The Age Of 82

RIP Jay Black (David Blatt) of Jay & the Americans who died today. Here’s a photo I took of him (right) with band mate Kenny Vance in 1969, Lincoln NE.

RIP Jay Black of Jay & The Americans, born David Blatt in 1938. We just talked about him on yesterday’s Rock & Roll History Show!

A lot of my favorite musicians weren’t gifted mainly as singers (Tom Waits, Warren Zevon, etc.), but a few were (Orbison). Jay Black (David Blatt) was one of the best vocalists I’ve ever seen live. R.I.P.

Jay Black of Jay and The American's passed away. He was 82. I loved that song "Those Magic Moment's" He died from complications of pneumonia.

Sorry to hear of the passing of Jay Black of Jay and the Americans. Big voice

Just announced by his family Jay Black of Jay and the Americans passed away. A great voice a nice guy a fabulous entertainer who gave so many of us from his generation great memories over the years he will surely be missed by all of us may he rest in peace

RIP Jay Black

Sad News,Jay Black,A Great Performer for many years with Jay Black and the Americans has assed away at 82.#rocknroll #singer #1960s #RIPJayBlack

Two good actors and two good musicians passed this week. James Michael Tyler from Friends, Peter Solari from Newhart, Jay Black from Jay and the Americans and Sonny Osborne from the Osborne Brothers.

It’s 2:48 AM on the East Coast. Milton out. RIP Jay Black.