….and 5 more things you didn’t know about Jay & the Americans In April 1964, Jay and the Americans were riding high, having had a couple of hits under their belt and working on driving their new single, “Think of the Good Times”, up the charts. The group made an appearance on the TV show
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The Lettermen enjoyed a 25-year-long string of hits with Capitol Records that produced some of the most enchanting recordings of the era – “When I Fall in Love”, “The Way You Look Tonight”, “Theme From A Summer Place”, “Goin’ Out of My Head / Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” (the first hit record ever to completely integrate two songs as one) and “Hurt So Bad”. Their signature sound made romantic standards of songs such as “Smile,” “Put Your Head On My Shoulder,” “Shangri-La,” “Love,” “Traces / Memories” and many more.
The breathy lead voice you hear on almost all of the group’s hit recordings belongs to Tony Butala, who still leads the group today. Butala estimates that the group made some 200 appearances on television shows including shows such as Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand” series, “Shindig”, and “Hullabaloo”. They were interviewed and performed on talk shows and variety shows with Johnny Carson, Mike Douglas, Merv Griffin, Jack Paar, Milton Berle, Steve Allen, Dinah Shore, and many others throughout the 60’s and 70’s, cultivating new crops of fans. The Lettermen have also enjoyed international success touring Japan, The Philippines, China, Thailand, Singapore, Korea, Hong Kong, Germany, France, South America, Canada, Mexico and even Saudi Arabia.