Jay And The Techniques was a Pop/R&B group, that was formed in Allentown, Pennsylvania during the mid 1960s. Original band members included, Jay Proctor-lead, Karl Landis, Ronnie Goosley, John Walsh, George Lloyd, Chuck Crowl and Dante Dancho. The group was more pop than soul in their sound. Their first hit record in 1967 was their biggest hit.
On July 15, 1967 Jay And The Techniques charted APPLES, PEACHES, PUMPKIN PIE on the Smash Records label. on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The single became a big hit during the summer, climbing the Billboard national chart, all the way to #6. The single remained on the Hot 100 for 17 weeks. The single crossed over to the Billboard R&B chart, becoming a #8 R&B hit single. The single sold over 1 million copies and was awarded a “Gold Record”.
In October of 1967 the group’s follow-up single, KEEP THE BALL ROLLIN’ made its Hot 100 debut and became a Top 20 hit, charting at #14. The single did not chart on the Billboard R&B chart. Sales of the single were over 1 million copies and Jay And The Techniques were awarded their second “Gold Record”.
The groups last Top 40 hit would make its debut on January 20, 1968. STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE would become a #39 hit on the Hot 100. Their next single, BABY MAKE YOU OWN SWEET MUSIC would climb to #64 and become their last Billboard Hot 100 hit. The groups, APPLES, PEACHES, PUMPKIN PIE is still a radio favorite and its great beat and free-flowing sound take us back to 1967 each time it gets a spin. A reminder of just how good a sound Jay And The Techniques had and why their music lives on in the “GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK AND ROLL”
Till the next time—Joe