John “Jay” Traynor. 1943-2014. Rest In Peace.




091-20071215jay-jay-porscheIt’s with great sadness to tell you that Jay Traynor passed away this morning. He’s been fighting liver cancer for the past 2 years. We all lost a great talent & a true gentleman, & I lost a wonderful friend. -Jay Siegel

22 Responses to “John “Jay” Traynor. 1943-2014. Rest In Peace.”

  1. Tony Testa (The Duprees) January 3, 2014 12:07 am #

    I can’t tell how much I was so profoundly happy Jay was singing with you. He was, as you know, the most wonderful man, talent, and friend anyone could hope to know. To say he will be sorely missed is an incredible understatement. Thanks for what you did for him and Mr. Traynor, I know the angels will forever more be singing so much more gloriously!

  2. jessica allen January 3, 2014 12:47 am #

    My husband and I saw Jay Traynor and the rest of the tokens last year during Bowzer’s Doo wop show at the south shore music circus last year and after the Show during the meet and greet. Jay took the time out to chat with My husband Jeff and I for a few minutes or soabout different everyday stuff and. ( he commented about how he wished he had my husband’s muscles haha) He seemed like a very nice down to Earth type person and was very honered to have had the chance to meet and chat with him. You will be missed Jay and are loved by many. Keep singing with the Angels in Heaven. God bless all his loved ones

  3. Peter K. Sullivan January 3, 2014 2:38 am #

    I saw Jay Traynor two years in a row in Wilmington VT several years ago. The first year was a Sinatra show, the second year singing all the great songs of the original Jay and the Americans (I saw the second show with one of my best friends who appreciates great oldies). He was my favorite Jay of the now 3 Jays of Jay and the Americans. Their first album could be a greatest hits album. I will definitely miss him. Thanks for bringing us great music, John “Jay” Traynor.

  4. Lois Lipton Parker January 3, 2014 12:30 pm #

    Jay will be sadly missed. He was loved by many of us and the place he has in our hearts will live forever. Thank you Jay Siegel for making the last few years of his life so important to him. He loved being a Token.

  5. Prof. Robert Anzalone January 3, 2014 10:23 pm #

    I am sad to learn of Jay Traynor’s death. I have seen him perform with the Tokens, many times in NY & LI. Most recently Dec. 14th 2013 at NYCB-Westbury. His professionalism
    and courage will continue to be an inspiration to all. Rest in Peace…….

    Professor Robert Anzalone

  6. Kathy Young January 4, 2014 4:27 am #

    I am so truly heartbroken to learn of Jay’s passing. We have lost one of the greatest voices, and also one of the nicest and most humble friends I’ve had the pleasure to know.
    God bless you, Jay.

  7. Freda Carter January 4, 2014 4:08 pm #

    I am so sad to learn of Jay Traynor’s passing. My friend and I had the great pleasure of seeing the Tokens perform on the Malt Shop Memories cruise in November and most recently on Dec. 7 in Brooklyn. The group not only sounded fabulous but had the enthusiasm and energy which brought us right back to when we first heard the music. And when Jay sang “She Cried” in that still beautiful voice, he broke our hearts all over again. Now our hearts are truly broken. He will be missed.

  8. Lou Christie January 5, 2014 7:35 pm #

    It seems to have been a very hard week with so many wonderful people passing…many close friends I’ve known most of my career. Jay Traynor was someone who was there in the early 60s then disappeared after he was the lead voice of Jay and the Americans. He stepped out and then, with the help of Jay Siegel, joined The Tokens. It was a moment he wished for and it came true. He was a real talent with a beautiful voice. I will miss Jay Traynor and all my colleagues feel the same way. He was blessed with kindness and will always be in my thoughts. Lou Christie

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  10. Carole January 9, 2014 3:29 am #

    I was so saddened to hear of Jays passing. I loved his voice and was anxiously awaiting his appearance at Mohegan Sun in CT on 1/19……..I loved watching him perform and hearing him sing some of the greatest songs around……he could do Sinatra, Darin & just old rock & roll like no other entertainer.
    I will miss seeing him at the concert but I am sure there will be a tribute to him by The Tokens, it will be a sad day for me, but I know Jay will be watching and smiling because we all loved him and I am sure many in the audience will remember how he sang “She Cried” Well Jay Traynor…..”we Cried “

  11. Mike & Mickey Caputo January 12, 2014 9:31 pm #

    Dear Jay & Bill
    We were blessed to have seen you and Jay perform at Westbury for the winter concert, and so very lucky to have had the opportunity to meet the three of you on the Explorer of the Seas when we departed for Bermuda in June of 2013. We are both deeply saddened that you have lost such a talented member of your group, and also such a good friend.
    I’m sure Jay will be singing to the angels, and will be deeply missed by those of us here on earth.

  12. Bill White January 16, 2014 6:13 am #

    On January 2th I not only lost a true friend but someone that’s been a part of my family since I was 5 years old.I was truly blessed to be a part of Jay’s life and will miss him deeply…..Thanks Jay & Billy for making Jay a member of the Tokens and putting him back in the spotlight again.Jay loved being with you guys both on & off the stage.
    Hope to see you & Billy soon
    Be Well,
    Bill White

  13. Elizabeth Capwell January 20, 2014 2:05 pm #

    Yesterday at Bowzer’s 13th Annual Doo-Wop Party at Mohegan Sun, when Jay Siegel sang “She Cried” – I think it was you, Jay; I’ve lost most of my eyesight – and Jay Traynor’s handsome profile appeared on the giant monitors, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. We are all missing him so much….but I know he would want you to keep on keepin’ on, bringing us the music we fell in love to, broke up to, woke up and went to sleep to, all those years ago. RIP, Jay Traynor…welcome to Rock ‘N’ Roll Heaven…give our love to everyone there. Thank you for the wonderful music and memories. And thank YOU, Jay Siegel, for bringing Jay Traynor back to us, and for bringing us so much wonderful music all these years.
    God Bless all of you,
    Elizabeth Capwell

  14. Keith Smith February 8, 2014 2:50 am #

    My wife and I have been truly blessed to see about 30 oldies concerts each year. Next to The Lettermen, Jay Siegel and The Tokens and Kenny Vance and The Planotones are our favorites. Jay’s voice was so special. He could adapt to singing so many different types of songs. We would just marvel at what a phenomenal singer he was. We will miss him greatly and I am not ashamed to admit that tears are streaming down my cheeks as I write this. God Bless.

  15. Jeff Maynor February 10, 2014 4:19 am #

    Very sorry to learn of Jay Traynor’s passing. It was a joy to know him and hear him with The Tokens.

    Thanks, Jay Siegel.

    Jeff Maynor
    WKYC TV Cleveland

    • Robert February 18, 2014 9:05 pm #

      So very sorry to hear of the passing of Jay Traynor. I have been a fan of his since I first heard him sing in a local “Battle of the Bands” back in the late 1950’s.He has now joined an elite group of entertainers that are sure give an eternity of pleasure to all our Dear Lord has called home . . . RIP Jay – knowing you have brightened the lives of many with your very special voice

  16. Al Forgione March 12, 2014 1:01 am #

    Loved his voice in all the early Jay & the Americans hits. She Cried and This Is It. Lost track of him during the years. A couple of years ago at Bowzer’s Christmas show in Clearwater I saw a familiar face singing with The Tokens. It was Jay and when he sang She Cried, it brought the house down. After the show I saw him standing in a doorway looking for his family. I ran over, got him to pose for a picture with me and got to shake his hand. The picture is now in a frame in my 50’s Diner in my family room. He will be missed by me and many, many more. Thank you Jay…

  17. Kathryn Kennedy March 29, 2014 2:15 pm #

    Jay gave magic moments. entle, kind, sweet and talented. He will ne missed by all who loved him.

  18. Cindy Hunter April 21, 2014 6:01 am #

    We had the luck to see Jay Siegel and the Tokens three times during the Bowser shows and the group was amazingl each time. What a thrill to hear “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” performed and done so well. RIP Sir, your voice will be missed down here but I am sure the angels are happy to have your voice singing in heaven.

  19. Barry Curtis August 23, 2016 7:48 pm #

    I saw Jay along wit other oldies artists perform on a cruise a few months prior to his death. Leslie Gore was there as well. As a lover of music from that era, I was blessed to be able to enjoy their music near the end.

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