Jay Jay French

Jay Jay French
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Jay Jay French performing in 2016
Background information
Birth nameJohn French Segall
Born (1952-07-20) July 20, 1952 (age 66)
New York City, New York
GenresHeavy metal
Years active1965–present
Associated actsTwisted Sister

Jay Jay French (born John French Segall, July 20, 1952) is an American guitarist, manager and producer.

French is the founding member and one of the guitarists of the heavy metal band Twisted Sister. Since his first performances with Twisted Sister, French has played more than 9000 concert performances.[1] Being an avid runner, French has also completed two New York Marathons, in 1981 and 1986.[2]

Early life

Born in New York City, French grew up on Manhattan. His father, Lou Segall, was a jewelry salesman. His mother, Evaline French Segall, was a political consultant for the Democratic Party in New York, and worked for the John F. Kennedy presidential campaign. Evaline also ran the successful election campaign of Constance Baker Motley, the first black female state senator of New York.

French has one older brother, Jeff Segall.

French was an anti-Vietnam war and civil rights activist. In the summer of 1967, he attended the Shaker Village summer program, and was a bunkmate of Ben Chaney, brother of James Chaney, one of the three murdered civil rights workers who died on a voting registration drive in Mississippi in 1964. These events were later portrayed in Alan Parker's movie Mississippi Burning in 1988.

The seeds for French's musical life were planted in 1963, when he attended his first concert, seeing the folk group The Weavers in Carnegie Hall.

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