Music legend Jay Black will bring his legendary music to the Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale on 12/11/2010., 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 Jay suffers from stage fright, he preferred to write and produce records which he did for the next few years. And, as they say... the rest is History.
With such classic songs like "Cara Mia", "This magic Moment", & "Come A little Bit Closer" you can bet this will be one show that will certainly leave a lasting impression.
In an exclusive interview, Jay Black takes a moment from his busy schedule to talk with me on a variety of subjects. Here is the interview in it’s entirety.
Q: As a young man, did you know that you wanted to be an entertainer?
A: No, but I was always funny and I knew I could sing but I didn’t think that I had the guts to go on stage.
Q: It is well known that you suffer from stage fright. After all of the years of performing, do you still get butterflies?
A: They say that Barbara Streisand does. I mean everyone does, I mean that’s what makes you good. You try harder. You have to show it to the audience. You have to care about being good.
Q: Who were some of your early musical influences?
A: Well, I go back to, like your father, The Four Aces and groups like that. There wasn’t such a thing as n Roll. I loved (Roy ) Orbison. We became really good friends before he died. Roy used to say to me that I was the greatest singer he ever heard. And I said, “You’re the greatest singer”, and we used to argue who was better. He was better!
Q: Of all of the different artists you have worked with throughout the years, which ones left a lasting impression on you?
A: I don’t know about lasting impressions. There are some great artists out ther, and there are some that are mediocre. A lot of people don’t know that I was the first person to open for the Beatles. The audience was booing the hell out of me. I only had two hits at the time and they didn’t advertise that anyone else was going to be there
Q: So then it wasn’t a good experience opening for the Beatles, right?
A: I threw four-letter words at them, which in 1964 was never heard of. And then I wound up getting a standing ovation! I said to the audience, “Hey, I am only here because I felt bad for you guy’s.”And that’s what won them over.
Q: I see that musical talent also runs in your family. Your son, Beau is an accomplished Drummer and a guitarist. Will he touring with you this time around?
A: My son deserted me. He moved to California and has got his own thing going. He’s writing...
Q: He is not touring with you anymore?
A: No. I miss the hell out of that though. I can’t even get him to call me (Laughs)! He just wrote a Christmas song and my ex-wife just played it for me and it was unbelievable! He is so talented.
Q: Of all the accomplishments in your career and personal life, what is there left to do for Jay Black? No, not really. There’s a big thing coming out Thanksgiving night. I taped the show with Little Anthony & The Imperials, , The Duprees, & Larry & The Earls. It is called “Night Of Legends” and it is going to be on Pay-Per-View and shown all over the world. It will be on Thanksgiving night. But, getting back to the question, I really don’t think there is anything left for me to do. Being able to entertain, meeting people. I love hearing, and it so touching to me, about how I entertained the Vietnam troops and it made a difference to them. All the kind words that people tell you. These are things that you want to hear. These are things that can make you cry and you feel that you served a purpose, you know, and not just have hit records.
Q: I would like to thank you Jay, for this great opportunity.
A: My pleasure, Bill, and I want to see you there and make sure that all of the people come down to the Parker Playhouse.
Q: Can I come back before the show and say hello?
A: You better! Bring your father, too. I want to meet him.
For more information on Jay Black, log on to his website at: www.jayblackthevoice.com. There you will find his bio, merchandise, tour dates, photos, & discography.
For information about his son Beau Black, check him out on MYSPACE