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Jay Graydon (born October 8, 1949, Burbank, California) is an American 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 and the studio albums The New Don Ellis Band Goes Underground, Connection and Soaring.
L. A. session musician
From the late 1960s to late 1970s 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, Albert King. One of Graydon's most notable session performances is 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. 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 1960s
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" (co-written with Steve Lukather and Bill Champlin) as performed by George Benson and "After the Love Has Gone" (co-written with David Foster and Bill Champlin) as performed by 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. 
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.
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, The Tonight Show, The Merv Griffin Show, The Soupy Sales Show, The Smothers Brothers Show, The Midnight Special, The First Rock and Roll Awards Show, Miami Vice, Thank God It's Friday, and Starsky and Hutch.
Perhaps Graydon's most noted collaboration has been with Al Jarreau. Graydon was Jarreau's main songwriter/producer for in the early 1980s. 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.
Foster and Graydon have worked together on several 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.
- He played on Concrete Jungle.
|1993||Airplay For The Planet|
|2006||Past To Present - The 70s|
|2008||Airplay For The Planet - Live In Japan|
|1974||Boz Scaggs||Slow Dancer||Guitars|
|Joe Cocker||I Can Stand a Little Rain|
|1975||Gino Vannelli||Storm at Sunup|
|Barbra Streisand||Lazy Afternoon|
|Candi Staton||Young Hearts Run Free|
|Paul Anka||The Painter|
|Jennifer Warnes||Jennifer Warnes|
|Marvin Gaye||I Want You|
|Donovan||Slow Down World||Synthesizer, programming|
|Cher||I'd Rather Believe in You||Guitar, mandolin|
|Stephen Bishop||Careless||Electric guitar, acoustic guitar|
|Gino Vannelli||The Gist of the Gemini||Electric guitar|
|1977||Olivia Newton-John||Making a Good Thing Better||Electric guitar, acoustic guitar, slide guitar|
|Dolly Parton||Here You Come Again||Pedal steel guitar|
|Boz Scaggs||Down Two Then Left||Guitar, guitar solo|
|Steely Dan||Aja||Guitar solo|
|Rhythm Heritage||Last Night on Earth||Lead guitar|
|Marlena Shaw||Sweet Beginnings||Guitar|
|Paul Anka||The Music Man|
|Jackie DeShannon||You're the Only Dancer|
|Leo Sayer||Thunder in My Heart|
|Dionne Warwick||Love at First Sight|
|Shaun Cassidy||Born Late|
|Dalbello||Lisa Dal Bello|
|Syreeta Wright||Rich Love, Poor Love|
|1978||Various Artists||Grease Soundtrack|
|Carole Bayer Sager||...Too|
|Leo Sayer||Leo Sayer|
|Melissa Manchester||Don't Cry Out Loud|
|Paul Anka||Listen to Your Heart|
|Helen Reddy||We'll Sing in the Sunshine|
|Juice Newton||Well Kept Secret|
|Shaun Cassidy||Under Wraps|
|Candi Staton||House of Love|
|Valerie Carter||Wild Child|
|Ben E. King||Let Me Live in Your Life|
|Rhythm Heritage||Sky's the Limit|
|Alice Cooper||From The Inside||Guitar, synthesizer programming|
|Rita Coolidge||Love Me Again||Guitar, acoustic guitar|
|Nigel Olsson||Nigel Olsson||Guitar, electric guitar|
|Pages||Pages||Engineer, guitar, horns, keyboard programming, producer, songwriter|
|1979||Barbra Streisand||Wet||Electric guitar|
|Christopher Cross||Christopher Cross||Guitar solo|
|Cher||Take Me Home||Guitar|
|Peter Allen||I Could Have Been a Sailor|
|Donna Summer||Bad Girls|
|Rhythm Heritage||Disco Derby|
|Nigel Olsson||Nigel||Electric guitar, acoustic guitar|
|The Manhattan Transfer||Extensions||Producer, arrangement, guitars, synthesisers, guitar solo, additional vocals, synthesizer programming, Mixing and Overdub Tracking|
|Marc Jordan||Blue Desert||Lead guitar, synthesiser, arranger, conductor, producer, engineer|
|Earth, Wind & Fire||I Am||Songwriter|
|Bernie Taupin||He Who Rides the Tiger||Electric Guitar|
|Mariya Takeuchi||Miss M||Acoustic and electric guitars, rhythm arrangement, backing vocals, songwriter|
|Airplay||Airplay||Producer, guitar, lead and backing vocals, overdubbing, mixing, songwriter|
|Al Jarreau||This Time||Synthesiser programming, electric guitar, rhythm arrangements, producer, engineer|
|1981||Breakin' Away||Producer, mixing, songwriter, electric guitar, synthesiser programming, rhythm arrangements, vocal arrangements|
|Dolly Parton||Dolly, Dolly, Dolly||Guitar|
|Carole Bayer Sager||Sometimes Late at Night|
|The Manhattan Transfer||Mecca for Moderns||Producer, songwriter, guitar, synthesiser, arrangements|
|Pages||Pages||Composer, engineer, guitar, mixing, producer, programming|
|1982||Herbie Hancock||Lite Me Up||Composer, engineer, guitar, producer, songwriter|
|Dionne Warwick||Friends in Love||Producer, rhythm arrangements, synthesisers, guitar, percussion, recording, mixing|
|1983||Donna Summer||She Works Hard for the Money||Songwriter, guitar|
|The Tubes||Outside Inside||Special Musical Contributor|
|Paul Anka||Walk a Fine Line||Composer|
|Sheena Easton||Best Kept Secret||Guitar, producer, engineer|
|Christopher Cross||Another Page||Guitar solo|
|David Foster||The Best Of Me||Composer, engineer, guitar, songwriter|
|Al Jarreau||Jarreau||Producer, songwriter, rhythm arrangements, guitar, synthesisers, guitar solo, engineering|
|1984||High Crime||Producer, songwriter, guitar, arrangements, synthesisers, computer concept|
|1985||DeBarge||Rhythm of the Night||Producer, songwriter, guitars, synthesisers|
|1986||El DeBarge||El DeBarge||Synthesiser, guitar, songwriter, arranger, producer, engineer|
|Kenny Rogers||They Don't Make Them Like They Used To||Producer, engineer, songwriter, synthesisers, lead guitar, electronic drums, arrangements, guitar solo, drums, guitar lines|
|Al Jarreau||L Is for Lover||Songwriter|
|1988||Heart's Horizon||Producer, songwriter, synthesisers|
|Art Garfunkel||Lefty||Producer, engineer|
|George Benson||Twice the Love||Producer, synthesisers, drums, arrangements, engineer, mixing|
|1989||El DeBarge||Gemini||Producer, songwriter|
|1993||Planet 3||Music From The Planet||Guitars, keyboards, programming, mixing, recording|
|2004||Gems Unearthed||Lead guitar, keyboards, programming, liner notes, mastering|
|2008||JaR||Scene 29||Lead and backing vocals, guitar, drums, synthesiser, composer, arranger, producer, engineer, mixing and mastering|
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- "Grammy Awards 1983". Awards & shows. Retrieved March 18, 2018.
- "Grammy Awards 1984". Awards & shows. Retrieved March 18, 2018.
- "Grammy Awards 1985". Awards & shows. Retrieved March 18, 2018.
- "Grammy Awards 1986". Awards & shows. Retrieved March 18, 2018.