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Jay Graydon "Nothin' You Can Do About It" video (feat. David Foster and Warren Wiebe)

Jay Graydon "Nothin' You Can Do About It" video (feat. David Foster and Warren Wiebe).

Jay Graydon is a Los Angeles songwriter, recording artist, guitarist, 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". In his prolific career his recordings have been featured on record, film, television and on stage.

He 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 briefly after his college days Jay Graydon played in the renowned Don Ellis Band. The Don Ellis music style can be described as experimental post-bop jazz.

From the late 60s and the late 70s he was an "A list" session musician in Los Angeles, acquiring a reputation as an ace studio guitarist/ solo specialist working with such artists as Barbara Streisand, Dolly Parton, Diana Ross, The Jackson Five, Cheap Trick, Christopher Cross, Ray Charles, Cher, Joe Cocker, Marvin Gaye, Hall & Oates, Olivia Newton-John and Albert King.

Among rock music fans, he is perhaps best known for his now-legendary guitar solo for Steely Dan's "Peg". The band had turned down 7 other guitarists, among them Walter Becker himself.
Jay Graydon's production credits include work with Air Supply, George Benson, Al Jarreau, DeBarge, El DeBarge, Sheena Easton, Art Garfunkel, The Manhattan Transfer, Johnny Mathis, Patti LaBelle, Lou Rawls, Kenny Rogers and Dionne Warwick.

He has written more than 220 songs. Some of his greatest hits include Grammy winning "Turn Your Love Around" with George Benson, many songs co-written with super producer and friend David Foster, including the Grammy-winning "After The Love Has Gone" (a hit for Earth, Wind & Fire and "Friends In Love" with Dionne Warwick and Johnny Mathis; several hits with Al Jarreau (including "Mornin'", "Breakin' Away", "High Crime", "After All", "Roof Garden", "Love Is Waiting", "Closer To Your Love"), "Who's Holding Donna Now" with DeBarge, several hits with Manhattan Transfer including "Twilight Tone", "On The Boulevard", "Smile Again" and "Spies In The Night" (a potential James Bond theme).

Jay has written numerous articles in music magazines and as an educator he conducted seminars at Musician's Institute in Hollywood together with guitar legend Tommy Tedesco for more than 15 years. He has been working on a series of books on recording techniques together with Craig Anderton - well known writer of recording technique best sellers, columns in music magazines and gear manuals. The books will include recording the guitar, bass, drums, percussion, keyboards, vocals, horns, strings, and mixing.

Jay Graydon worked with René Angelil and Céline Dion on the JT Super Producer concert in Japan in 1994 with David Foster (which this "Nothin' You Can Do About It" is an extract). Foster and Graydon have also worked together on numerous other projects like Airplay.
His first "own" hit album was "Airplay" in 1979. Together with David Foster and Tommy Funderburk he created the concept of "Airplay".

Airplay (feat. Jay Graydon, Tommy Funderburk and David Foster) "Nothin' You Can Do About It" from "Airplay" album (1979).


I can't help but get the impression Jay's vocals are from a tape. I can't remember him ever singing this song so well on his own solo tours and the lead sounds suspiciously close to the one on the Airplay album. The rest sounds live though...

It's great seeing these studiomonsters live on stage,though a bit unfortunate that Graydon is lip-synching the original vocal--the band's groovin',though--I'll admit,I'd rather have heard Warren Wiebe sing it live......

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