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Graydon, Jay

Graydon, Jay, record producer, songwriter, guitarist; Some of his songs include the Grammy awarded Turn Your Love Around with George Benson, many songs co-written with David Foster, e.g. the Grammy awarded After The Love Has Gone with Earth, Wind and Fire and Friends In Love with Dionne Warwick and Johnny Mathis, several hits with Al Jarreau (e.g. Mornin', Breakin' Away, High Crime, After All, Roof Garden, Love Is Waiting, Closer To Your Love and many more), Who's Holding Donna Now with DeBarge, and several with Manhattan Transfer such as Twilight Tone, On The Boulevard, Smile Again, Spies In The Night, just to name a few.

He has produced several top artists, such as Air Supply, George Benson, Al Jarreau, DeBarge, El DeBarge, Sheena Easton, Art Garfunkel, Manhattan Transfer, Johnny Mathis, Patti LaBelle, Lou Rawls, Kenny Rogers and Dionne Warwick, just to name a few, and many of the more than 200 songs he has written are included on Gold and Platinum selling albums.

Among the many acknowledgements Jay Graydon has received over the years, N.A.R.A.S. - the Grammy board - once nominated him as Studio Guitarist of the Year. Donald Fagen and Walter Becker of Steely Dan chose for the guitar solo on "PEG" on the album Aja. As an artist Jay Graydon has recorded three pop albums over the years "Airplay" with producer and long time pal David Foster, Planet 3 and Airplay For The Planet.

He arranged a solo guitar arrangement of the "Star Spangled Banner," performed on his Bebop album.

Jay Graydon is featured in a 7 pages long article with many pics from his studio in the December 2001 issue of the British leading magazine on recording techniques - Sound On Sound (they publish an international edition as well).
The article is also available online at http://www.sospubs.co.uk/sos/dec01/articles/graydon.asp

Jay Graydon's 12 top five Grammy nominations are the following:
1979 Best Rhythm & Blues Song - After The Love Has Gone (Winner!)
1979 Song Of The Year - After The Love Has Gone
1980 Best Jazz Fusion Performance, Vocal Or Instrumental - Twilight Zone/Twilight Tone
1981 Album Of The Year - Breakin' Away
1981 Best Vocal Arrangement For Two Or More Voices - Kafka
1982 Best Rhythm & Blues Song - Turn Your Love Around (Winner!)
1983 Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocals - Mornin'
1983 Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocals - Step By Step
1983 Best Engineered Recording - Jarreau
1983 Producer Of The Year
1984 Best Album Of Original Score Written For A Motion Picture - Ghostbusters
1985 Best Album Of Original Score Written For A Motion Picture - St Elmo's Fire

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