On this page we will post promotional videos for songs that Jay Graydon has written over the years. In other words they
will show all kinds of artists performing his songs. Most of these videos are posted at
YouTube and other similar video services.
Jay Graydon's Grammy winning song AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE performed by
Earth, Wind & Fire, was co-written with David Foster and Bill Champlin. This song has been a huge #1 hit with
Earth, Wind & Fire over the years, and was Grammy nominated in two categories, WINNING the category of being
BEST RHYTHM & BLUES SONG
and also Grammy nominated SONG OF THE YEAR among the top 5 finalists. This is the official
promo video from
Earth, Wind & Fire - I AM. The song may
sometimes be noted as AFTER THE LOVE IS GONE, which was the original title. The song is released on
the AIRPLAY album and on the
FOR THE PLANET album as well, and here is the story about the intended melody and the AKA title.
Jay notes: The AIRPLAY version of After The Love Has (Is) Gone (the first version recorded) was entitled After The Love Is Gone. For
some reason Earth Wind & Fire changed the "Is" to "Has". When the song was recorded again for my album Airplay For The
Planet, Bill Champlin and I decided to use After The Love Has Gone to avoid confusion.
Back to the Earth Wind & Fire version. The first time I heard that version, I told David Foster that the harmony part
is louder than the melody making the listener think the high harmony part is the melody. David agreed. David and I went
to an Earth Wind & Fire concert (The Forum in Inglewood) just after the EWF "I Am" album was released. During the
song, Maurice White asked the crowd to sing along with the song. There were about 17,000 people there and we did not
notice anyone singing along!
David and I looked at each other noting this could be a big problem. Obviously, this was not a problem as the song was a huge hit.
I know the song has been recorded many times over the years and every version I have heard features the harmony as the
melody in the choruses. For example, I went to one of David's concerts in LA a few years ago and the guy that sang the song had a
very wide vocal range, just wide enough to sing all of the song. Most singers would not have such a range as to
sing this song.
The correct melody is on the AIRPLAY FOR THE PLANET version. The EWF version features the high harmony part, which
makes it impossible for most singers to sing the whole song. If anyone cares to know the intended melody, you can hear it on
the last part of the first "B" section and the 1st chorus of the
Airplay For The Planet version. - Jay
Noted on The Manhattan Transfer official website Mecca For Moderns was the highest charting album for The Manhattan Transfer, peaking on Billboard's Top Pop Album charts at #22. The album
also helped The Manhattan Transfer make music history by becoming the first group to win Grammy Awards in both the pop and jazz categories
in the same year. "Boy From New York City" became their first top 10 hit, reaching #7 on Billboard’s Hot 100 charts. The song also won them
the Grammy for "Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal." "Until I Met You (Corner Pocket)" earned them a Grammy for "Best Jazz
Performance, Duo or Group." The song "Spies In The Night" also charted on Billboard's Bubbling Under charts, peaking at #103.
Alan Paul comments:
We rode the creative wave with Jay Graydon. After successfully producing Extensions, the group worked with him again on Mecca For Moderns. Jay's
talents as a producer helped The Manhattan Transfer explore themselves as individual artists within the group.