Jay & the Americans with Dennis Tufano

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Jay & the Americans take the stage of the Englewood Event Center, singing all their hits... “This Magic Moment”, “Cara Mia”, “Come a Little Bit Closer”, “Some Enchanted Evening”, “Walkin’ in the Rain”, “Let’s Lock the Door (And Throw Away the Key.)”  With a staggering 18 charted hits and five Top 10 records, few bands ever reached the heights of Jay and the Americans.  The group features original Americans Sandy Deanne, Marty Sanders and Howie Kane joined by the powerhouse lead of Jay Reincke, who has fronted the group for the last 12 years.  A live band and live brass will help to re-create those magic moments and the special memories created by their decade-long string of hits.



They will be joined by Dennis Tufano, singing all the songs he made famous as the lead singer of the Buckinghams - “Kind of Drag”, “Don’t You Care”, “Susan”, “Hey Baby! They’re Playing Our Song” and all his hits in a show you won’t want to miss.


All seats for this special performance are reserved / assigned by ticket.


Presented by Pop, Rock & Doo Wopp Live!

Jay and the Americans

Jay and the Americans are an American rock group popular in the 1960s. Their initial line-up consisted of John "Jay" Traynor, Howard Kane (né Kirschenbaum), Kenny Vance (né Rosenberg) and Sandy Deanne (né Yaguda), though their greatest success on the charts came after Traynor had been replaced as lead singer by Jay Black. They were discovered while performing in student venues at New York University in the late 1950s. They auditioned for Leiber and Stoller, who gave the group its name. With Jay Traynor singing lead, they first hit the Billboard charts in 1962 with the tune "She Cried," which reached #5 (later covered by The Shangri-Las, Aerosmith, and others).

Dennis Tufano

Dennis, a native of Chicago, is the original "voice" of “The Buckinghams”. The Chicago-based group scored with a string of five Top Ten hits in the late-sixties including, the No#1 “Kind of A Drag”, “Don’t You Care”, “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy”, “Hey Baby, They’re Playing Our Song”, “Susan” and “Back In Love Again”. Dennis is not associated, in any way, with the current rendition of the band that owns the name The Buckinghams.
Following his success in the Buckinghams, Dennis was part of the song-writing duo "Tufano and Giammarese" and recorded three albums with Lou Adler's custom label, Ode Records. Appearing as guest vocalist he went on to co-write with renowned composer and musician Tom Scott. With Scott as composer, Dennis performed the "original title/theme song" for the long running "Family Ties" television show. (First 13episodes)
Dennis also wrote the music and performed with Bernie Taupin, Elton John's lyricist, on Taupin's album, " He Who Rides The Tiger ". Subsequently he teamed again with Taupin to co-write, co-produce and perform the Farm Dogs album “Last Stand In Open Country”.
Back on the road, Dennis joined Olivia Newton-John on her hugely successful tour and was featured, with her on the HBO Special in two dramatically inspired duets.
As an actor, Dennis has appeared in theater productions in
Los Angeles and has worked in film, television, radio and commercials.
He was also one of the founding members of an improvisational voice-ensemble called the “LA.MadDogs”. This group of actors performs on hundreds of movies and numerous television shows and have produced and performed seven "live" radio dramas, three of which Dennis directed, for KMPC RADIO THEATER in Los Angeles.
Dennis produced, directed and shot a documentary in Chicago, "Major Hall: Therapy Tuesday" and is currently preparing it for release. He has been praised for his performance on the, “PBS Music Series the ‘60s”, and will be included in the award winning PBS-DVD series.

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Englewood Events Center 3069 S McCall Road
Englewood, FL 34224