Jay Graydon

born on 8/10/1949 in Burbank, CA, United States

Jay Graydon

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Jay Graydon is a Los Angeles songwriter, recording artist, guitarist, singer, producer, arranger, and recording engineer. He is the winner of two Grammy Awards (in the R&B category) with twelve Grammy nominations, among them the title "Producer of the Year" and "Best Engineered Recording". He has mastered many different music styles and genres, and his recordings have been featured on record, film, television and the stage.


Graydon made his singing debut on his second birthday on the "Joe Graydon Show," the first music/talk television show in Los Angeles, hosted by his father, Joe Graydon.

During and for a brief time after his college days, Graydon played in the Don Ellis Band, whose style can be described as experimental post-bop jazz. He can be heard on the live double album "Don Ellis at Fillmore".

L. A. session musician

From the late '60s to late '70s Graydon was a session musician in Los Angeles, working with such artists as Gino Vannelli, Barbra Streisand, Dolly Parton, Diana Ross, The Jackson Five, Alice Cooper, Cheap Trick,Al Jarreau, Christopher Cross, Ray Charles, Cher, Joe Cocker, Marvin Gaye, Hall & Oates, Wayne Shorter, Olivia Newton-John, and Albert King. He is perhaps best known for his guitar solo on Steely Dan's 1977 hit single "Peg".

In 1977 he appeared as a character in a number of Doonesbury strips as Jay "Wah-Wah" Graydon.[1] Graydon played on the Jimmy Thudpucker album "Greatest Hits" along with Steve Cropper and Donald "Duck" Dunn. He was the subject of the track "Fretman Sam" and played its guitar solo. He also programmed the synthesizers for the album.


Jay Graydon's production credits include work with Airplay, Air Supply, George Benson, Al Jarreau, DeBarge, El DeBarge, Sheena Easton, Art Garfunkel, The Manhattan Transfer, Johnny Mathis, Patti LaBelle, Lou Rawls, Dionne Warwick, Alan Sorrenti and the album They Don't Make Them Like They Used To by Kenny Rogers.

He started his own record label, Sonic Thrust Records, in 2001 to give himself creative and artistic freedom in his songwriting and producing profession. The label features straight-ahead jazz, adult contemporary pop, AAA, AOR, classic R&B, smooth jazz, and genuine retro surf from the '60s

As a musician and recording engineer, he has often been a consultant and beta tester for new musical equipment and recording gear.


Graydon has written over 200 songs. His catalog includes the Grammy winners "Turn Your Love Around" (George Benson) and "After the Love Has Gone" (Earth, Wind & Fire), as well as "Who's Holding Donna Now" (DeBarge), "Friends In Love" (Dionne Warwick and Johnny Mathis), many songs written with and for Al Jarreau (including "Mornin'", "Breakin' Away", "High Crime", "After All", and "Roof Garden"), and several hits with Manhattan Transfer including "Twilight Zone", "On The Boulevard", "Smile Again" and "Spies In The Night". Many of his songs were co-written with David Foster. [1]

Writer and educator

Graydon has written numerous articles in music magazines, and has conducted seminars at Musician's Institute in Hollywood with guitarist Tommy Tedesco for over 15 years. He has been working on a series of books on recording techniques with Craig Anderton, a widely published and bestselling authority on recording technology. The books will discuss the subtleties of recording various instruments, as well as mixing.

Film scores

Graydon has participated as a musician and/or songwriter in over 50 film scores including The French Connection, Grease, Ghostbusters, St. Elmo's Fire, The Secret of My Success, Navy Seals, Lady Sings the Blues, The Greatest, Ghost Dad and Mahogany.


Graydon has played on or written songs for The Andy Williams Show, The Jackson 5 Show, The Alan Thicke Show, The David Steinberg Show, The Ed Sullivan Show, Friday Nite Live, The Tonight Show, The Merv Griffin Show, The Soupy Sales Show, The Smothers Brothers Show, The Midnite Special, The First and 2nd Rock and Roll Awards Show, Miami Vice II, Thank God It's Friday, and Starsky and Hutch.

With Richard Page, he also wrote the second theme song for Gimme a Break!, which was used from its third through sixth seasons.

Key collaborations

Al Jarreau

Perhaps Graydon's most noted collaboration has been with Al Jarreau. Graydon was Jarreau's main songwriter/producer for in the early '80s. Graydon produced Jarreau's albums This Time, Breakin' Away, Jarreau and High Crime, among others. Graydon also played guitar and synthesizer on these albums, as well as serving as songwriter, arranger and engineer.

David Foster

Foster and Graydon have worked together on countless album projects, including the band Airplay, a pop-rock group they formed in the late 1970s, and the JT Super Producer concert in Japan in 1994 with René Angélil and Céline Dion[2].

Randy Goodrum

Graydon and Randy Goodrum formed a group named JaR. In 2008, they released an album titled Scene 29, described as "Steely Dan meets Airplay and Pages".[2]

Grammy Awards

Year Awarded Category Nomination Notes
1980 Best Rhythm & Blues Song "After the Love Has Gone" (1979) Together with Bill Champlin and David Foster
1983 "Turn Your Love Around" (1981) Together with Bill Champlin and Steve Lukather
1980 Song of the Year "After the Love Has Gone" (1979) Together with Bill Champlin and David Foster
1981 Best Arrangement for Voices "Twilight Zone/Twilight Tone" (1979) Together with Alan Paul
1982 Album of the Year Breakin' Away (1981) Together with Al Jarreau
Best Vocal Arrangement for Two or More Voices "Kafka" (1981) Together with Bernard Kafka
1984 Producer of the Year (Non-Classical) Jarreau (1983)
Best Engineered Recording - Non-Classical Together with Ian Eales and Eric Prestis
Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocal(s) "Mornin'" (1983) Together with David Foster and Jeremy Lubbock
"Step by Step" (1983) Together with Tom Canning and Jerry Hey
1985 Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or a Television Special Ghostbusters Soundtrack (1984) Together with various artists and producers
1986 St. Elmo's Fire Soundtrack (1985)



  1. Graydon, Jay, MusicPlayer Forums: Jay Graydon here, musicplayer.com, 2000-02-29. URL accessed on 2008-12-08.
  2. JaR, CDBaby. URL accessed 2009-08-17.

External links

  • Artist's website
  • Artist's 2nd website
  • Artist's Myspace website
  • Graydon, Jay writing credits
  • Jay Graydon's Collaboration with Randy Goodrum as the group JaR
  • Jay Graydon's awards and nominations
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