Payton (Jay) Papers

Jay Payton interviews performers on the bandstand of The Jay Payton Show
The Yates Brothers and Sisters appearing on “The Jay Payton Show,” circa 1970s, Jay Payton papers, MS 205, African American Museum & Library at Oakland, Oakland Public Library.

Legendary Bay Area emcee Jay Payton (1925-2016) was born William J Payton on Oct. 29, 1925 in Asheville, North Carolina. Beginning in 1972 Payton hosted the KEMO-TV music show “Soul Is” (later “The Jay Payton Show”), a weekly entertainment show on Channel 20 featuring national and Bay Area African American musicians and performers. The Jay Payton Papers consist of photographs and 2 quad videotapes of “The Jay Payton Show” recorded in 1976.

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Dates: 1955-2003
Collection number: MS 205
Creator: Payton, Jay.
Collection Size: 1.75 (2 boxes + 1 oversize box)

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