Jimmy Beaumont was only 17 when he co-wrote The Skyliners biggest hits Since I Don’t Have You and This I Swear. Their songs were released nationally Februrary 16, 1959 and marked the beginning of a long and successful career for the group, but especially for Jimmy who still thrills audiences with his beautiful Doo Wop ballads, Jazz influenced standards, and Rock & Roll classics. Jimmy possessed a surprising talent and experience beyond his teen years having been influenceed by listening to Frank sinatra in his mom and dad’s livingroom. He continued to grow and evolve musically as his music interest moved toward “group” harmony, especially the tight harmonies of The Moonglows.
Jimmy Beaumont and The Skyliners first appearance was at The Apollo Theater in Harlem where they would appear seven more times. Alan Freed invited them to appear on his 1959 Easter stage show with Jackie Wilson, Fats Domino, and Bobby Darin. Dick Clark took them on the road with his “Caravan of Stars” tour and featured them on Bandstand and his Saturday night television show numerous times.
After 50 years, Jimmy Beaumont and The Skyliners continue to record based on Jimmy’s early infuences and love of music.
Photo by Randy Barker.
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