Jay Graydon Production
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,
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.
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
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".
1980 - Best Jazz Fusion Performance, Vocal or Instrumental - TWILIGHT ZONE/TWILIGHT TONE
Twilight Zone/Twilight Tone (included on the album THE BEST OF MANHATTAN TRANSFER)
|EXTENSIONS||SONGS - (titles in bold are co-written by Jay)||JAY'S INPUT|
- Wacky Dust
- Nothin' You Can Do About It
- Coo Coo U
- Body And Soul
- Twilight Zone/Twilight Tone
- Trickle Trickle
- Shaker Song
- Foreign Affair
- Additional vocals
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)
1981 - Best Vocal Arrangement For Two Or More Voices - KAFKA
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 MODERNS||SONGS - (titles in bold are co-written by Jay)||JAY'S INPUT|
- On The Boulevard
- Boy From New York City
- Nothin' You Can Do About It
- (Wanted) Dead Or Alive
- Spies In The Night
- Smile Again
- Until I Met You (Corner Pocket)
- (The Word Of) Confirmation
- A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
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 TO||SONGS - (the title in bold is co-written by Jay)||JAY'S INPUT|
- This Love We Share
- If I Could Hold On To Love
- You're My Love
- Time For Love
- They Don't Make Them Like They Used To
- Life Is Good, Love Is Better
- Just The Thought Of Losing You
- Anything At All
- After All This Time
- Twenty Years Ago
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
- 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 LOVE||SONGS - (titles in bold are co-written by Jay)||JAY'S INPUT|
- For You
- Friends In Love
- Never Gonna Let You Go
- Can't Hide Love
- Betcha by Golly Wow
- More Than Fascination
- Got You Where I Want You
- With A Touch
- What Is This
- A Love So Right
- Strings (ARP 2600)
ARTISTS PRODUCED BY JAY GRAYDON
- AIR SUPPLY
- GEORGE BENSON
- ROBBIE BUCHANAN
- BILL CANTOS
- TAMARA CHAMPLIN
- BARRY CROCKER
- 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
- AL JARREAU
- MARC JORDAN
- STEVE KIPNER
- PATTI LABELLE & BILL CHAMPLIN
- THE MANHATTAN TRANSFER
- GREG MATHIESON PROJECT
- JOHNNY MATHIS
- SEIKO MATSUDA
- DONNY OSMOND
- RICHARD PAGE
- PLANET 3
- RAKE AND THE SURFTONES
- LOU RAWLS
- DAVID ROBERTS
- TOMMY ROE
- KENNY ROGERS
- ALAN SORRENTI
- DIONNE WARWICK
- BARRY WHITE AND GEORGE BENSON
- YOU YAMASHITA
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