Many years ago, Blue Jay...
recorded with a band called “The Morning After” at a Boston recording studio. Back then music was heard on records and a “single” had an “A” side and a “B” side. Often, though, the intended “A” was not the one chosen by the public. This was the case with this single and soon a song called “If You Love” began to gather popularity, especially on AM radio CKLW, broadcasting out of Windsor, Ontario and heard in the Detroit area in the US.
As it happened, the band was asked to go to Morristown, NJ to meet a Fender Music dealer, considered the biggest on the East coast. He had a considerable amount of influence with Fender which had been bought out by CBS a few years earlier. When the boys walked in, the owner looked at the Blue Jay and said, “You’re the lead singer, right?” The answer was “yes” and a very positive meeting began. The results were that, although no promises were made, it seemed likely that CBS would want to sign the band.
Within 48 hours the boys heard the good news, Fender/CBS wanted them. They were to re-record the single and were promised 7 releases in the first year. As soon as one reached “top 40” status they would be doing an album and one major TV appearance! This seemed like a dream come true to the teenagers!
Unfortunately this was not in the life plan that Blue Jay’s father had for him. Pressure was applied and, it was rumored, money was paid to keep the recording contract from happening. Eventually Blue Jay relented under the pressure and walked away from the dream! That decision still haunts him today as he has always wondered “what if?”
Fast forward to today, two of the originals from “The Morning After” have recorded “Broke” and “Good Country Music” These are the Blue Jay, of course, and the original drummer, Jim Grandmmont, who played keyboard and did the bass line on each song. Joining them is Dee, who rounds out the sound of “BLUE JAYD” heard today………..“What if?”
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