THE FABULOUS BLUE JAYS Jay Walker (Royce Nicholls - Mal Clarke [label credit: The Blue Jays])
Australia 1964 #5 Brisbane
Single on Sunshine, October 1964. Double-sided hit in Brisbane with the B-side, Pathfinder, another original Blue Jays instrumental. Produced by distinguished Sunshine label residents Nat Kipner and Pat Aulton.
Both tracks were written by the band's regular songwriters, bassist Royce Nicholls and rhythm guitarist Mal Clarke.
The Blue Jays had been performing and recording in Melbourne since 1959. In 1964, Sunshinefounder Ivan Dayman joined them with Brisbane singer Tony Worsley to become The Fabulous Blue Jays. There were many personnel changes over the years, and drummer Bob Johnstonwas the only original member after he rejoined the band in 1964.Johnston, Nicholls and Clarke, with lead guitarist Ray Eames, saxophonist-keyboardist Paul Shannon and lead singer Worsley,became one of Australia's pre-eminent Merseybeat-influenced bands, with an eclectic repertoire of covers and originals.
The name Blue Jays has been used by other bands, for example in the USA: see this page at 45cat.com.
• The Aulton Mob (2 tracks) and The Blue Jays (2 tracks)- March Of The Mods (1967), EP featuring The Aulton Mob'sMarch Of The Mods (1966, the Kommotion TV theme). Nicholls & Clarke wrote one of the Blue Jays tracks and arranged the other. It is plausible that The Blue Jays could have participated in all four tracks.
PETER JAY AND THE JAYWALKERS Jaywalker (Peter Jay - Joe Meek)
SIMILAR TITLE BUT NOT THE SAME SONG AS
'JAY WALKER' BY THE FABULOUS BLUE JAYS.
Single on Decca, February 1963, B-side of Totem Pole, also an instrumental, written by Joe Meek.
Peter Jay & The Jaywalkers were a mainly instrumental group from the early to mid-60s, formed in Norfolk by Southgate, London drummer Peter Jay. They charted in November 1962 with Can Can 62 (#31 UK), a pop version of the dance from Offenbach'sOrpheus in the Underworld (1858). It was also produced by Joe Meek, whose biggest hit, The Tornados'instrumental Telstar (#1 UK, #1 USA) had charted in August 1962.