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Jay Graydon has an extensive ongoing career as a producer of various artists. Currently he is into a few new producing acts and apart from producing the solo albums on his own record label SONIC THRUST RECORDS his major production merits over the years include working with several mega stars. For more info on labels, release years and other catalog data please check out the discography on the official web site. There you will also find Jay's other input on each album, such as arranging, engineering, playing etc. For a list of all the songs he has written to date, please check out the Jay Graydon song catalog.

You may also want to take a look at all of the recording sessions in which Jay has participated over the years.

 

AL JARREAU ALBUMS

PRODUCED BY JAY GRAYDON

 

Jay Graydon was GRAMMY nominated among the top 5 finalists for the following Al Jarreau songs and albums:

  • Album Of The Year - BREAKIN' AWAY
  • Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocals - MORNIN'
  • Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocals - STEP BY STEP
  • Best Engineered Recording - JARREAU
  • Producer Of The Year - JARREAU

 

ALBUMSONGS - (titles in bold are co-written by Jay)JAY'S INPUT

Breakin' Away Front

BREAKIN' AWAY

  1. Closer To Your Love
  2. My Old Friend
  3. We're In This Love Together
  4. Easy
  5. Our Love
  6. Breakin' Away
  7. Roof Garden
  8. [Round, Round, Round] Blue Rondo A La Turk
  9. Teach Me Tonight
  • Producer - full album
  • Conductor
  • Songwriter
  • Guitar
  • Arranger
  • Engineer
  • Synthesizer

Certified PLATINUM

Album details

Jarreau Front

JARREAU

  1. Mornin'
  2. Boogie Down
  3. I Will Be Here For You (Nitakungodea Milele)
  4. Save Me
  5. Step By Step
  6. Black And Blues
  7. Trouble In Paradise
  8. Not Like This
  9. Love Is Waiting
  10. I Keep Callin' (- bonus track)

  • Producer - full album
  • Conductor
  • Songwriter
  • Guitar
  • Arranger
  • Engineer
  • Synthesizer

Certified PLATINUM

Album details

High Crime Front

HIGH CRIME

  1. Raging Waters
  2. Imagination
  3. Murphy's Law
  4. Tell Me
  5. After All
  6. High Crime
  7. Let's Pretend
  8. Sticky Wicket
  9. Love Speaks Louder Than Words
  10. Fallin'

  • Producer - full album
  • Conductor
  • Songwriter
  • Guitar
  • Arranger
  • Engineer
  • Synthesizer

Certified GOLD

Album details

This Time Front

THIS TIME

  1. Never Givin' Up
  2. Gimmie What You Got
  3. Love Is Real
  4. Alonzo
  5. (If I Could Only) Change Your Mind
  6. Spain (I Can Recall)
  7. Distracted
  8. Your Sweet Love
  9. (A Rhyme) This Time
  • Producer - full album
  • Conductor
  • Guitar
  • Arranger
  • Engineer
  • Synthesizer

Certified GOLD

Album details

Heart's Horizon Front

HEART'S HORIZON

  1. All Or Nothing At All - (produced by Jay)
  2. So Good
  3. All Of My Love
  4. Pleasure Over Pain - (produced by Jay)
  5. Yo' Jeans - (produced by Jay)
  6. Way To Your Heart - (produced by Jay)
  7. One Way
  8. 10k Hi
  9. I Must Have Been A Fool
  10. More Love
  11. Killer Love
  12. Heart's Horizon - (produced by Jay)

  • Producer - as noted
  • Conductor
  • Songwriter
  • Arranger
  • Engineer
  • Synthesizer

Certified GOLD

Album details

 

Jay also produced these Al Jarreau songs.

Al JarreauTHE CHRISTMAS SONG (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)1982WB7-29446Producer
Conductor
Al JarreauGIRLS KNOW HOW
(Night Shift Movie Soundtrack)
(Compilation by various artists)
1982WEA WB23702-4 Producer
Conductor
Arranger
Guitar, on the song /

Girls Know How / USWB11507569

Al JarreauNIGHT SHIFT - Original Sound Track From The Ladd Company Motion Picture
(Compilation by various artists)
1982 Warner Bros. RecordsWB K 57 024Producer
Conductor
Arranger
Guitar, on the song /

Girls Know How / USWB11507569

 

 

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THE MANHATTAN TRANSFER ALBUMS

PRODUCED BY JAY GRAYDON

 

Extensions

is the fifth studio album by The Manhattan Transfer, released on October 31, 1979, by Atlantic Records. Marking a new era for the group, the album was the first one with Cheryl Bentyne, who replaced Laurel Massé the previous year.

It was their first album with Jay Graydon in the producer's chair. It was also the first album that contained songs that were hits in both the jazz and pop categories.

The song "Twilight Zone/Twilight Tone" reached No. 12 on the Billboard Disco chart and No. 30 on the Hot 100. "Trickle, Trickle" reached No. 73 on the Hot 100. The album reached No. 55 on the Billboard Top LP's chart.

The most widely known song from this album, "Birdland" by Weather Report, won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Fusion Performance in 1981. Jon Hendricks wrote lyrics for the vocalese version on the album and Janis Siegel received a Grammy for her vocal arrangement of "Birdland".

GRAMMY NOMINATION

1980 - Best Jazz Fusion Performance, Vocal or Instrumental - TWILIGHT ZONE/TWILIGHT TONE

CERTIFIED PLATINUM

Twilight Zone/Twilight Tone (included on the album THE BEST OF MANHATTAN TRANSFER)

 

EXTENSIONSSONGS - (titles in bold are co-written by Jay)JAY'S INPUT

Extensions

  1. Birdland
  2. Wacky Dust
  3. Nothin' You Can Do About It
  4. Coo Coo U
  5. Body And Soul
  6. Twilight Zone/Twilight Tone
  7. Trickle Trickle
  8. Shaker Song
  9. Foreign Affair
  • Producer
  • Conductor
  • Songwriter
  • Guitar
  • Arranger
  • Engineer
  • Synthesizer
  • Additional vocals

Album details

 

Mecca for Moderns

is the sixth studio album by The Manhattan Transfer. It was released in 1981 by Atlantic Records.

This album was the highest charting album to date for the group, peaking on Billboard magazine's Top Pop Catalog Albums chart at No. 22. With this album, the Manhattan Transfer became the first group to win Grammy Awards in both the pop and jazz categories in the same year.

Jay Graydon - guitar (1-4, 8), synthesizer (1, 3), arrangements (1, 3, 5, 8), horn arrangement (2), rhythm arrangement (2, 4, 6), vocal arrangement (4, 6)

GRAMMY NOMINATION

1981 - Best Vocal Arrangement For Two Or More Voices - KAFKA

CERTIFIED GOLD

The Netherlands, Japan

The song "The Boy from New York City" became their first top 10 hit, reaching #7 on Billboard Magazine's Hot 100 chart. This song also won the group the Grammy for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals.

The song "Until I Met You (Corner Pocket)" also earned them a Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Duo or Group.

The song "A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square" which was arranged by Gene Puerling, won the Grammy Best Vocal Arrangement for Two or More Voices.

The song "Spies In The Night", which incorporates the "James Bond Theme", also charted on Billboard Magazine's Bubbling Under chart, peaking at #103.

 

MECCA FOR MODERNSSONGS - (titles in bold are co-written by Jay)JAY'S INPUT

Mecca for Moderns

  1. On The Boulevard
  2. Boy From New York City
  3. (Wanted) Dead Or Alive
  4. Spies In The Night
  5. Smile Again
  6. Until I Met You (Corner Pocket)
  7. (The Word Of) Confirmation
  8. Kafka
  9. A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
  • Producer
  • Conductor
  • Songwriter
  • Guitar
  • Arranger
  • Engineer
  • Synthesizer

Album details

 

 

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KENNY ROGERS - THEY DON'T MAKE THEM LIKE THEY USED TO

PRODUCED BY JAY GRAYDON

 

They Don't Make Them Like They Used To is the nineteenth studio album by country superstar Kenny Rogers. The album's title cut was used as the theme tune to the box office hit movie Tough Guys.

The song "You're My Love" was written by Prince under the pseudonym "Joey Coco" and features El DeBarge on backing vocals.

The album was a top 20 success on the country charts (and crossed over into the pop Billboard 200) with the single "Twenty Years Ago" peaking at #2.

Two singles came from the album. The title cut, released at the end of 1986, only made #53 in the country charts although it did well by hitting #10 on the contemporary charts. When RCA released "Twenty Years Ago" in 1987, however, Rogers returned to the top five at #2, matching this feat in Canada as well.

 

Jay Graydon Input (track numbers)

  • Producer (1,2,3,4,6,7,8,9,10)
  • Songwriter (1)
  • Synthesizers (1, 2, 7, 8, 10)
  • Lead guitar (1, 4)
  • Electronic drums (1, 2, 8)
  • Arrangements (1, 2, 4, 7, 8, 10)
  • Guitar solo (2, 9)
  • Drums (6)
  • Guitar lines (9)

 

THEY DON'T MAKE THEM LIKE THEY USED TOSONGS - (the title in bold is co-written by Jay)JAY'S INPUT

Kenny Rogers

  1. This Love We Share
  2. If I Could Hold On To Love
  3. You're My Love
  4. Time For Love
  5. They Don't Make Them Like They Used To
  6. Life Is Good, Love Is Better
  7. Just The Thought Of Losing You
  8. Anything At All
  9. After All This Time
  10. Twenty Years Ago
  • Producer
  • Conductor
  • Songwriter
  • Guitar
  • Arranger
  • Engineer
  • Synthesizer
  • Drums

Album details

 

 

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Dionne Warwick - FRIENDS IN LOVE

PRODUCED BY JAY GRAYDON

 

Dionne Warwick's third studio album for the Arista label, was released in 1982. It was recorded during the winter of 1981-82 and was released that spring. The LP was originally issued as number AL 9585 in the Arista Catalog. The album rose to No. 87 on the Billboard album chart, selling approximately 200,000 US copies.

Songs on the album include the title track, a duet with singer Johnny Mathis, which made the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart at #38, in addition to charting on the Billboard R&B and adult contemporary charts at #22 and #5, respectively. A follow-up single, "For You", peaked at #14 on the adult contemporary chart. This album also contains the Cynthia Weil/Barry Mann song "Never Gonna Let You Go", which would become a hit the following year for Brazilian musician Sérgio Mendes.

 

Jay Graydon Input (track numbers)

  • Producer (full album)
  • Conductor (full album)
  • Songwriter (1, 2, 9)
  • Rhythm arrangements (full album)
  • Synthesizers (1, 6, 7)
  • Strings ARP 2600 (1)
  • Guitar (1-4, 6, 7, 8, 10)
  • Percussion (3)
  • Engineer (full album)

 

FRIENDS IN LOVESONGS - (titles in bold are co-written by Jay)JAY'S INPUT

Friends in Love

  1. For You
  2. Friends In Love
  3. Never Gonna Let You Go
  4. Can't Hide Love
  5. Betcha by Golly Wow
  6. More Than Fascination
  7. Got You Where I Want You
  8. With A Touch
  9. What Is This
  10. A Love So Right
  • Producer
  • Conductor
  • Songwriter
  • Guitar
  • Arranger
  • Engineer
  • Synthesizer
  • Strings (ARP 2600)
  • Drums

Album details

 

 

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Marc Jordan - BLUE DESERT

PRODUCED BY JAY GRAYDON

 

American-born Canadian singer-songwriter, record producer, session musician and actor, born in Brooklyn, NY, son of singer Charles Jordan, and grew up in Toronto, Canada. Jordan's music career really took off in 1978 when he was signed to Warner Music in Los Angeles and began writing songs for and with the likes of Diana Ross, Chicago, Kansas, Manhattan Transfer, Kenny Loggins, Bette Midler, Natalie Cole, Olivia Newton John, Joe Cocker, Bonnie Raitt, Josh Groban, Cher and Rod Stewart. His songs have been on 35 million CDs and he has recorded 16 albums of his own material.

Marc's own comments about Jay in an interview by Toshi Nakada of Cool Sound, Japan.

I met Jay in 1978 on a session for Mannequin ......I was struck by the way his playing had intention ....it was not just blowing over chords...his solos had a beginning, middle and end......they were like little compositions within the song.........I later got him to produce Blue Desert and I think he played some of his best solos on that record. He is brilliant, quirky, funny and so talented and I am glad to call him my friend for all these years.....we've had some great times together and the music he made will live on ......Marc Jordan

 

Jay Graydon Input (track numbers)

  • Producer (full album)
  • Conductor (full album)
  • Arranger (full album)
  • Lead guitar (1,2,3,4,7)
  • Rhythm guitar, soloist (8)
  • Guitar (5)
  • Synthesizers (3, 6)
  • Engineer (full album)

 

BLUE DESERTSONGSJAY'S INPUT

Blue Desert

  1. Generalities
  2. I'm A Camera
  3. Twilight
  4. From Nowhere To This Town
  5. Beautiful People
  6. Lost In The Hurrah
  7. Release Yourself
  8. Tattooed Lady
  9. Exile
  • Producer
  • Conductor
  • Electric and Acoustic Guitars
  • Rhythm and Lead guitar
  • Bass synth programming
  • String synth sequencing
  • Arranger
  • Engineer

Album details

 

 

ARTISTS PRODUCED BY JAY GRAYDON

  • AIR SUPPLY
  • AIRPLAY
  • GEORGE BENSON
  • ROBBIE BUCHANAN
  • BILL CANTOS
  • TAMARA CHAMPLIN
  • BARRY CROCKER
  • DEBARGE
  • BUNNY DEBARGE
  • EL DEBARGE
  • PHIL DEGRUY
  • SHEENA EASTON
  • DAVID FOSTER
  • ART GARFUNKEL
  • JAY GRAYDON
  • JAY AND JOE GRAYDON
  • JAY GRAYDON WITH SHERWOOD BALL
  • HERBIE HANCOCK
  • MILE EARNST HENDERSON
  • JaR
  • AL JARREAU
  • MARC JORDAN
  • STEVE KIPNER
  • PATTI LABELLE & BILL CHAMPLIN
  • THE MANHATTAN TRANSFER
  • GREG MATHIESON PROJECT
  • JOHNNY MATHIS
  • SEIKO MATSUDA
  • MISATO
  • DONNY OSMOND
  • RICHARD PAGE
  • PAGES
  • PLANET 3
  • RAKE AND THE SURFTONES
  • LOU RAWLS
  • DAVID ROBERTS
  • TOMMY ROE
  • KENNY ROGERS
  • SHALAMAR
  • ALAN SORRENTI
  • DIONNE WARWICK
  • BARRY WHITE AND GEORGE BENSON
  • YOU YAMASHITA

 

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