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Saturday, January 28, 2012

The Skyliners - Self Titled 1978 Lp


The Skyliners were formed in the late 50s from two other groups from Pittsburgh. Jimmy Beaumont, Wally Lester and Jackie Taylor had sung with the Crescents, while Janet Vogel and Joe VerScharen were formerly of the El Rios. The Skyliners were best known for their 1959 hit "Since I Don't Have You". Over the years they have changed some members. Since 1958 they have released several singles and a few albums. In 1978 they released a self-titled album on Tortoise International Records, subsidiary of the RCA Records.


At that time the members of the group were Jimmy Beaumont, Janet Vogel Rapp, Jimmie Ross and Bobby Sholes. They collaborated with the producer Don Davis from Detroit who had previously produced Marilynn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr., Johnny Taylor, the Dramatics, and the Dells.
The album was recorded at United Sound Systems, Detroit, Michigan.
I have chosen a great song entitled "The Love Bug (Done bit me again)". All the songs of the album were produced by Don Davis except this song which was produced by Tony Hester. Arranged by Rudy Robinson and Johnny Allen. Composed by Tony Hester.
I want to note that this song released as 7 incher and 12 incher respectively on Tortoise International Records in 1978.



After this album Jimmie Ross along with Cathy Cooper released an album entitled "Bottom line" in 1982 on MCA Records. This album I presented on my blog about two years ago.




Today, Jimmy Beaumont still performs with The Skyliners in their current lineup of Nick Pociask, Rick Morris, and Donna Groom (whose husband, Mark Groom, has been the group's drummer/conductor for more than 25 years). Two of the original members have died: Janet Vogel (suicide) in 1980 (age 37), and Joe Verscharen of cancer in 2007 (age 67).

Note: The above posted track is not played in full

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