Hello: The Skyliners are a white doo-wop group from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The original group included the great lead vocalist Jimmy Beaumont, Janet Vogel, Wally Lester, Joe VerScharen and Jack Taylor. Jimmy was not yet 19 years old when he and the Skyliners recorded their all-time classic, SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU on Calico Records, a small record label in Pittsburgh. Since I Don’t Have You became a smash hit entering the Billboard Hot 100 on February 16, 1959, it had a 19 week stay on the chart, peaking at #12, and selling over 1 million copies.
In June of 1959 the group released their second hit record, THIS I SWEAR, another strong vocal by Jimmy Beaumont and great backing by the Skyliners took This I Swear to #26 on the Hot 100. Their third release of 59′ was IT HAPPENED TODAY, a modest hit reaching #56 on the charts.
In May of 1960 their last Top 20 hit entered the Billboard charts. PENNIES FROM HEAVEN stayed on the Hot 100 for 13 weeks, reaching #13. That would be the last of the big hit records but not the last of the Skyliners. They would become huge on oldies radio with Since I Don’t Have You turning into a super-classic song for the ages. Their 4 hit singles would be listed on the Doo-Wop Top 1000 songs of all-time. In recent years they have appeared on PBS TV specials, Doo-Wop 50 and Moments To Remember.
In 2002 The Skyliners were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall Of Fame. In February of 1980 Janet Vogel died (age 37) and Joe VerScharen died in November of 2007 (age 67). The new line up is Jimmy Beaumont lead vocals, Nick Pociask, Donna Groom, Dick Muse and Mark Groom. The Skyliners are still out there singing their hits and thrilling old and new fans alike in 2010.
I was fortunate enough to see the Skyliners perform live in 1960. They were as powerful in person as on record. Maybe that’s the reason their music is still in demand today 51 years after the release of their classic, Since I Don’t Have You.
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Till the next time—Joe