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Jay and The Americans
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, this group charted an amazing twelve Top Ten records. With three original band members, founding member Sandy Yaguda (aka Deanne); original member Howie Kirschenbaum (aka Kane); and original member Marty Kupersmith (aka Sanders), plus the addition of Jay Reincke, the third and likely the best “Jay” yet, they have recreated the authentic sound of their greatest hits.
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. These songs and many others are featured in JAY AND THE AMERICANS show, along with stories of the artists and writers who influenced this 1960s super-group.
JAY AND THE AMERICANS’ recording of Some Enchanted Evening holds the record for most copies sold of this legendary musical masterpiece. The group also holds 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.
The Brooklyn Bridge
The Brooklyn Bridge Band was formed in March of 1968 in NY and had their first of many hit records, The Worst That Could Happen, in 1969. They have performed at every major concert venue over the years including Madison Square Garden, Carnegie Hall, The Beacon Theater and Radio City Music Hall…..and shared the stage with a diverse group of legendary artists such as Billy Joel,Tony Bennett, Dion, The Righteous Brothers,The Beach Boys and Steppenwolf. The Bridge has also made many classic television appearances performing on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Mike Douglas Show and The Della Reese show amongst others.
The band consists of vocalist, Les Cauchi, an original member and also a member of the ‘The Del-Satins’. The Del-Satins recorded all the background vocals on all of Dion Di Mucci’s greatest hits which included ‘Run Around Sue’ and ‘Ruby Baby’. They were also regulars on The Clay Cole TV Shows and Murry The K’s Rock and Roll Shows. Other original members are James Rosica ( Bass player and vocalist ) and Joe Ruvio ( vocalist ). Both were members of the local Long Island, NY garage band called ‘The Rhythm Method’. Louis Agiesta ( Drummer ) toured with the cast of the famous ‘Jesus Christ Super Star Show’ before becoming a member of the band in the early 1970s. Joining the band in the early seventies are Martin D’Amico ( Keyboards and vocalist ), and, James Sarle ( Lead Guitarist ) who played on a few of the early Brooklyn Bridge recordings before actually becoming a member of the band in the mid 1970s. Rounding off the ensemble, is lead vocalist Joe “Bean” Esposito. Joe is a Grammy nominated singer/songwriter whose career spans the 1970s to the present day. His songs have been recorded by Donna Summer, Aretha Franklin, Labelle, Stephen Stills and others. Esposito was a member of the band Brooklyn Dreams, best known for their collaboration with Donna Summer on “Heaven Knows” and “Bad Girls.” In the 1980s, he’s best known for his performances of the hit songs “Lady, Lady, Lady” from the 1983 film Flashdance and “You’re the Best” from the 1984 film The Karate Kid. Esposito also supplied vocals on Brenda Russell’s 1988 “Piano in the Dark,” as well as a duet with Laura Branigan on “Come Into My Life” from the Coming to America soundtrack (1988). Joe adds a new dimension to the group with his many hit songs and smooth R&B tinged vocals.