December 2008 marks the 50th anniversary of one of the all-time hit songs of Rock and Roll, “Since I Don’t’ Have You”. Recorded by the Skyliners in New York City at the Capitol Studio, the song was released as a 45 rpm record on Pittsburgh’s own “Calico” label and went on to become a million-seller.
The hit-producing team of Skyliners’ manager, Joe Rock, who wrote the lyrics, and legendary lead vocalist, Jimmy Beaumont, who composed the music, led to the creation of this quintessential ’50s ballad. “Since I Don’t Have You” is heard on radio, even today. The Skyliners soulful and dynamic delivery, balanced by the lush, string-filled arrangement of Pittsburgh’s Lenny Martin, created a recording that went straight to the top of the national charts.
The original Skyliners, comprised of Jimmy Beaumont, Janet Vogel, Wally Lester, Joe Verscharen, and Jack Taylor – all from the Steel City – performed their hit composition at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, New York as well as the Brooklyn Fox Theater for producer Alan Freed, and Dick Clark’s television show “American Bandstand” (Philadelphia, Pa.). “Since I Don’t Have You” has made its way onto the soundtracks of major motion pictures such as “American Graffiti” and “Lethal Weapon 2″. Throughout five decades other nationally known artists recorded their own arrangements of this golden masterpiece.
In recent years Jimmy Beaumont and the Skyliners have been a substantial part of the PBS Specials (DooWop50, Moments to Remember, Cavalcade of Music, My Music). Today, members Donna Groom, Nick Pociask, Rick Morris, drummer/conductor Mark Groom and legendary leader, Jimmy Beaumont, continue to thrill live audiences in the United States and Canada each time they perform “Since I Don’t Have You”.
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