2011-10-07 / Entertainment/Lifestyles

Black And Puckett Coming To NYCB

Jay Black and Gary Puckett will appear at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury on Saturday, October 15, at 8 p.m. Jay Black began his music career by writing songs. After hearing some of his songs, he was asked by a record company to record the songs “No More” and “Forgive Me.” Because Black suffers from stage fright, he preferred to write and produce records which he did for the next few years. In 1962, Jay and the Americans, who had had a hit song, “She Cried,” with another lead singer were desperately seeking a replacement. Black stepped forward with his unique and powerful voice. With Black as lead singer, Jay and the Americans charted a string of hits, “Only In America,” “Come A Little Bit Closer,” “Cara Mia,” “This Magic Moment,” and “Walkin’ In The Rain.” Black and the group were the opening act for The Beatles’ first appearance in the United States, and they went on to open for The Rolling Stones and other top British acts. In spite of the British invasion, Black and his boys carried the American flag almost single-handedly through the 1960s with 21 chart singles.

Gary Puckett and the Union was one of the most successful musical groups of the ’60s. Puckett‘s unmistakable signature voice garnered six consecutive gold records and top ten Billboard hits with hits that included “Young Girl,” “Woman Woman,” “Lady Willpower,” “Over You,” and “This Girl Is A Woman Now.”

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