Jay and the Americans kick off Stockton beach concerts in Cape May

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Jay and the Americans’ hits include “This Magic Moment,” “Come a Little Bit Closer” and “Cara Mia.” The group will open the Stockton Goes to the Beach concert series 8 p.m. Monday, July 9. Jay and the Americans’ hits include “This Magic Moment,” “Come a Little Bit Closer” and “Cara Mia.” The group will open the Stockton Goes to the Beach concert series 8 p.m. Monday, July 9.

Jay and the Americans, whose hit “This Magic Moment” earned the group a gold record in 1969, will open the Stockton Goes to the Beach concert series Monday, July 9 in its new venue, Cape May Convention Hall.

The group’s catalog of hits includes “Come a Little Bit Closer,” “Cara Mia,” “Walking in the Rain,” “Only in America,” “She Cried” and “When you Dance.”

Jay and the Americans – Kenny Vance, Marty Sanders, Jay Black and Sandy Yaguda – produced their first album, "Sands of Time," for their own company, JATA (For Jay and the Americans) Enterprises, in 1969. The album was a collection of oldies.

Throughout the years, the Drifters had held a very special place in the hearts of the members, and the album was a tribute to the way they all felt about R&B music of the ’50s, according to a press release.

The single released from the album, "This Magic Moment," had been recorded by the Drifters in 1960, when it made it to the Billboard Top 100.

The Jay and the Americans version was also a huge hit – one of the group’s biggest – and the members regard the album as their greatest effort.

The Stockton Goes to the Beach concert series was formerly presented in the Ocean City Music Pier. This year marks the 11th anniversary of the music series.

Upcoming shows in the series include Dave Mason Monday, July 16 and The Lettermen Monday, July 23.

Show time is 8 p.m. All seats for all performances are $30 each and may be ordered online at

www.capemaycity.com, by calling 855-708-9699 or in person at Cape May Convention Hall, 714 Beach Ave.

The music series is funded in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.


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