The Skyliners are a veteran pop/doo-wop group from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with an ever-changing lineup that became famous during the late 1950s. Formed in 1958, the original members consisted of soprano Janet Vogel (June 10, 1941 - February 21, 1980), baritone Joe Verscharen (August 30, 1940 - November 2, 2007), tenor Wally Lester (October 5, 1941 - April 21, 2015), Jackie Taylor (bass, guitarist), and lead singer Jimmy Beaumont (October 21, 1940 - October 7, 2017). The group's distinctive sound came from its close-knit male-female harmonies and Beaumont's strong, soulful lead vocals.
The Skyliners made their national debut in 1959 with "Since I Don't Have You," which reached #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #3 on the R&B charts and became the group's signature song. Co-written by all the members of The Skyliners plus Lennie Martin and Joseph Rock, the group's producer and manager, this lushly orchestrated, heartfelt ballad is a longtime favorite on oldies music stations and has been used as a part of the soundtrack to "American Graffiti" and a number of other movies. The Skyliners later had two Top 40 hits with "This I Swear" (1959) and "Pennies From Heaven" (1960) and also had several minor hits before disbanding in 1963 that included "It Happened Today" (1959), "Close Your Eyes" (1961), and "Comes Love" (1963). In 1965, Jack Taylor fronted a group billed as The Skyliners with all new members that had a minor hit that year with the soulful ballad, "The Loser." The Skyliners reformed in 1974 with all of the original members except for Jackie Taylor to record "Where Have They Gone?" which became the group's final hit on the Billboard Hot 100. The final Pop/Rock charts entry for The Skyliners came in 1978 with "Oh How Happy" (1978).
Over the years, The Skyliners have continued performing through the present day, with many personnel changes. Jimmy Beaumont remained with the group up to his passing in 2017 while also pursuing a solo career since the early 1960s. The Skyliners were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2002.
- For more info on the history of The Skyliners and the group's current projects, see theskyliners.org.
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- Pennies From Heaven 1960
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