Jay and The Techniques

Biography

Inspired by his mother who loved to sing, Jay always knew what he wanted to do with his life. When Jay and The Techniques formed their band in the mid-1960's, the whole group had another inspiration, The Temptations.

The group began playing colleges and sororities (some members were too young to play in clubs) early in their career. They had been together less than a year when they had the opportunity to appear in a talent show in Allentown, Pennsylvania, similar to a battle of the bands-type contest. Feeling that the contest was rigged, they didn't think they had a chance. And yes, another group did win the trophy, however, they gave the demo contract to Jay and The Techniques.

While making their demo tape, they met a producer named Jerry Ross. He liked Jay and The Techniques so much that he signed the group to the Mercury label and gave them several songs to rehearse. After not hearing from Jerry for about two months, Jay received a call one day from Jerry with a song called Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie. Jay was not happy, asking, "What kind of a song was that?" Later, when the group went to New York to record the song, it was a different story. Everything pulled together and it sounded great. Not long after that, Jay and The Techniques received their first gold record for Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie live on the Ed Sullivan Show on December 31, 1967. Jay was not surprised at their success, even though it was a good feeling to have a Top Ten hit. He always knew it would happen...it was destiny.

Aside from performing their Gold hits, Jay and The Techniques' show is a dynamic, high-energy American soul revue, featuring their original hits, as well as showcasing the R&B/Soul music of Motown, Memphis, and Philly. No matter what the occasion or venue, Jay and The Techniques will always leave the audience wanting more!

Their smash hits include:

  • Apples, Peaches, Pumpin Pie
  • Keep the Ball Rolling
  • Strawberry Shortcake
  • Baby, Make Your Own Sweet Music

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