Jay Spell Remembered
January 10, 2011 at 1:20 PM (PT)
Belated condolences to friends and family of JACOB "JAY" A. SPELL, who lost his three-year-battle le with esophageal cancer on DECEMBER 30th, SPELL was admired as one of the finest keyboard players in the music industry; He also played fiddle and accordion and was a vocalist, a music producer, writer and arranger.
Born blind, he attended the "Blind School" in RALEIGH where he met RONNIE MILSAP in 1956 -- and they became life-long friends, touring and recording together. SPELL would eventually perform and record acts such as JIMMY BUFFETT, CANNED HEAT, DAVID CLAYTON-THOMAS, STEVE CROPPER, JOSE FELICIANO, VERN GOSDIN, ROY HEAD, EMMYLOU HARRIS, JOHN MAYALL, POCO, DAN SEALS, TOWER OF POWER, RANDY TRAVIS and CONWAY TWITTY.
Samples of his music can be heard at JaySpell.com; he also has several videos on YOU TUBE and MYSPACE.