Jay and the Americans frontman Jay Black died at the age of 82 on Friday, his family announced.
Complications from pneumonia were the cause of the death of the Brooklyn-born leader, the family told Rolling Stone magazine.
Black was the second “Jay” to lead the group, after Jay Traynor. A third “Jay” led the group when they reformed in the early 2000s, the magazine reported.
The 60s New York pop-rock group based on the doo-wop announced the death of the singer, whose real name was David Blatt, on Facebook.
“We recognize the great success we have had with him both as a partner and as a lead singer,” the band wrote.
“We shared some wonderful and very controversial moments, and just like an ex-wife, we are so proud of the beautiful children we have created. We will always remember The Voice.
Jay and the Americans were best known for their Top 10 hits like “This Magic Moment” and “Cara Mia”.
“Jay Black was an iconic artist with an instantly recognizable voice all over the world,” said John Catsimatidis, who recalled that Black helped run his campaign for mayor in 2013. “He left us too soon. We have lost immense talent today.