Jay & the Techniques 1965-PresentAllentown, PA Jay & the Techniques formed in 1965 under the Mercury Records label. In 1966, the first big break for Jay Proctor came when he won a regional "battle of the bands" contest and landed a recording contract from Philadelphia producer Jerry Ross of Mercury Records. The group jay and the techniques was born when lead vocalist Jay Proctor and vocalist/frontman George "Lucky" Lloyd teamed with an all-white band, one of the first racially integrated groups in pop music.
Under Mercury Records the song "Apple, Peaches, Pumpkin, Pie" hit big and Jay and the Techniques found the right mix of rhythm & blues and bubble gum appeal, vaulting them into the Top Ten. Later that year they had the honor of performing at the Rock'N'Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.
in the mid-70s when disco became fashionable, Jay & the Techniques were ready with their already danceable sound. Their first hit disco song "Number Onederful" is a high energy, heavily orchestrated tune which reached the Top Ten in all the major NY discos.
During their career, Jay and the Techniques appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show, Joey Bishop Show, Dick Clark's American Bandstand, The Murray the K Show and the Steel Pier Show. Jay sang in front of a packed Houston Astrodome, Madison Square Garden, Philadelphia's Uptown Theatre, in colleges and universities across the country, many charity benefits, and gave free concerts at Army bases and prisons throughout the United States.
Jay Proctor: Lead vocalist and primary founder of the group
George "Lucky" Lloyd: Vocalist
Dante Dancho: Lead guitar
Chuck Crowl: Bass guitar
Karl Landis (Lippowitsch): Drums
Ronnie Goosley: Saxophone
Jon Walsh: Trumpet
Eilleen Greenip- Vocals
Gary Rismiller- Drums
Paul Coles- Drums
Danny Altieri- Trumpet
Jack Truett- Organ
Dave Gatti - Bass
Barry Berarec - Bass
-Signed with Mercury Records in 1965
-First gold record "Apple, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie" in 1967
-1970s: "Number Onederful" is a high energy, heavily orchestrated disco hit which reached the Top Ten in all the major NY discos.
-in 1998, Jay released his fist all new studio album in over 20 years, called "The Main Course"
Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie
2. "Been So Long Since I Loved You"
3. "Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie"
4. "The Power Of Love"
6. "Ain't No Soul (Left In These Old Shoes)"
7. "Hey Diddle Diddle"
8. "Lovin' For Money"
9. "Here We Go Again"
10. "Stronger Than Dirt"
11. "Keep The Ball Rollin'"
Love, Lost & Found
1. "Strawberry Shortcake"
2. "I Want You So Bad (I Can Taste It)"
3. "Don't Let It Go To Your Head"
4. "If I Should Lose You"
5. "When Love Slips Away"
6. "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me"
7. "Still (In Love With You)
8. "You Gave Me Somebody To Love"
9. "Girl I Want To Marry You"
10. "Dig A Little Deeper"
11. "Locked In (Your Love)"
Baby Make Your Own Sweet Music: The Very Best of Jay & the Techniques
1. "Apple, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie"
2. "Keep The Ball Rollin"
3. "Strawberry Shortcake"
4. "Still (In Love With You)"
5. "Ain't No Soul (In These Old Shoes)"
7. "The Power Of Love"
8. "Lovin For Money"
9. "Baby Make Your Own Sweet Music"
10. "Help Yourself (To All Of My Lovin)"
11. "The Singles Game"
12. "Hey Diddle Diddle"
13. "If I Should Lose You"
14. "When Love Slips Away"
15. "You Gave Me Somebody To Love"
16. "Don't Let It Go To Your Head"
17. "Girl I Want To Marry You"
18. "I Want You So Bad (I Can Taste It)"
19. "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me"
20. "Locked In (Your Love) "
22. "Hurtin Myself"
23. "Are You Ready For This"
24. "Dancin Mood"
25. "Robot Man "
26. "I Feel Love Comin On "
27. "Number Onederful"
28. "Don't Ask Me To Forget"
Ed Sullivan Show, NYC
Joey Bishop Show, Calif.)
Dick Clark’s American Bandstand (Calif.)
Murray the “K” Show (NYC)
Steel Pier (Atlantic City)
Madison Square Garden (NYC)
Uptown Theatre (Philadelphia, PA)
Kings Row (Boston)
Allentown Fair (PA)
Astrodome (Houston, TX)
Newport Hotel (Miami)
Upbeat Show (Ohio)
Cincinnati Gardens (Ohio)
United States Military Bases
Walter Reed Medical Center (D.C.)
Summertime at the Pier (Phila.)
Pat Boone Show (NYC)
Jerry Blavat Show (Phila.)
Saylors Lake Pavilion – Saylorsburg, PA
In 1966, Philadelphia Songwriter and Producer Jerry Ross signed a production deal with the Mercury family of labels. The deal was basic: find new talent and groom them for stardom. Among his discoveries were Keith (" 98.6 "), Spanky & Our Gang ("Sunday Will Never Be The Same") and Bobby Hebb, whose " Sunny " was one of the biggest hits of the year. Seeking a surefire follow up for Bobby, Ross came across a demo of a song by Maurice Irby called "Apple, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie". When Hebb passed, Ross matched the song with another new discovery: Jay & the Techniques.
Jay & the Techniques hailed from Allentown, Pennsylvania, The group was born when lead vocalist Jay Proctor and second vocalist George "Lucky" Lloyd teamed with an all-white band, one of the first integrated groups in pop music. The Techniques included Chuck Crowl (bass), Karl Landis (drums), Ronnie Goosley (sax), Jon Walsh (trumpet) and Dante Dancho (lead guitar). Paul Coles, Jr. and Danny Altieri soon replaced Landis and Walsh respectively, while Jack Truett was added on organ. As Jerry Ross often did on his sessions, Nick Ashford, Valerie Simpson and Melba Moore were used as back up singers.
With "Apple, Peaches, Pumpkin, Pie" the group found the right mix of rhythm & blues and bubble gum appeal and vaulted into the Top Ten. Denny Randell and Sandy Lizner, out of producer Bob Crewe's stable of writers, supplied "Keep the Ball Rollin' ", the groups successful follow-up. Singles like "Strawberry Shortcake" and "Baby Make Your Own Sweet Music" continued the groups pop fortune. while there albums showed versatility with a more pronounced " northern soul sound, " a combination of Motown beat with Philly production. That blend became one of Jay & the Techniques strong points and this compilation shows off some overlooked classic tracks.
When the Seventies rolled around and disco became fashionable, Jay & the Techniques were ready with their already danceable sound. Barry White's "I Feel Love Coming On" kicked off this resurgence on the Silver Blue label. The record was picked up by Event Records, which also issued the group's "Number Onederful."
In 1996 Mercury Records released a very ambitious and fantastic 20 song CD collection "Best of Jay & the Techniques" CD. In September Jay had the honor of performing at the Rock'N'Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.
1998 saw the release of "The Main Course", the first all new studio album by Jay in over 20 years. Here's what the experts had to say:
Behind the Scenes: Jay Proctor is a true soul survivor, still in the game and as good as ever after all these years. Give " The Main Course" a spin.. You'll be back for seconds
Goldmine: Proctor has clearly matured as a stylist... elicits powerful, passionate performances.
Living Blues: Meatier than their teen oriented pop-soul of the 60's.. A must for Beach Music fans.
Discoveries: Jay is in fine voice.. that voice has aged very well, sounding richer and huskier. "The Main Course" is a very agreeable return by Jay & the Techniques.
Many of America's brightest singing stars developed their talents as children singing in church choirs. Jay Proctor followed this great tradition, with a career that moved him from church choirs to the top of the music industry where he has sold more than nine million records and gained international recognition.
Jay's professional debut was in 1958 when he sang acapella in an Allentown, PA group known as Handbone. Short stints with groups in that area led to the formation of the original Jay & the Techniques in 1965, Only two years later, Jay ad his first gold record, "Apple, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie."
The first big break for Jay came in the early 60s's when victory in a regional "battle of the bands" contest landed him a recording contract from producer Jerry Ross. After a few false starts, Jay and the group hit big of Mercury Records with "Apple, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie", which skyrocketed to number one on the charts with well over a million sales.
Jay's career was off and rolling. He quickly followed with another million sell, "keep the Ball Rollin'", and continued to build his career on the Mercury label with "Strawberry shortcake" and two albums. Today these albums, "Jay & the Techniques- Apple, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie" and "Love Lost & Found", are both collector's items.
Jay then switched to Motown which released "robot Man", a record that was a smash hit in Europe, where Jay has always been a popular artist.
Jay then signed with the Event label, a subsidiary of Polydor records and released "I Feel Love Comin' On" which quickly reached the Top Ten in many of the metropolitan areas in this country.
"Number Onederful" is a high energy, heavily orchestrated disco hit which reached the Top Ten in all the major NY discos.
During his career, Jay has performed with many of the nation's other top artist. he has appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show, Joey Bishop Show, Dick Clark's American Bandstand, The Murray the K Show and the Steel Pier Show. He has sung in front of a packed Houston Astrodome, in Madison Square Garden and Philadelphia's Uptown Theatre, and in colleges and universities across the country. He has also appeared for many charity benefits and has given free concerts at Army bases and prisons throughout the United States.
Other members include Nick Ashford, Valerie Simpson, Melba Moore as backup.