Jay & The American’s first chart entry, She Cried, was produced by Leiber and Stoller and made it all the way to number five in 1962. They then recorded Leiber and Stoller's Only In America from a Drifters' track, and it was the group's next tune to reach the top forty.   In 1964 they recorded their biggest hit, Come A Little Bit Closer, which made it to number three and solidified the group's reputation as one that was capable of producing hits.

Other hits followed in 1965: Let's Lock The Door (And Throw Away The Key)Some Enchanted Evening, and a song that was Neil Diamond's first big hit as a songwriter, Sunday and Me. Continuing in the vein of cabaret-style music that was somewhat different from mainstream pop in the mid-60's, Jay & the Americans reached number four with their cover of a song that had reached the top ten for David Whitfield in 1954, Cara Mia.  Later in the 60's they recorded more covers that sold well: the Drifters' This Magic Moment (top ten in 1969) and the Ronettes' Walkin' In The Rain.   They continue to thrill crowds throughout the world with great songs and great showmanship!