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The Skyliners

Pittsburgh vocal group made it big with a magnificent heartache ballad in 1959, "Since I Don't Have You," among R&B's greatest hits. Led by vocalist Jimmy Beaumont, with Janet Vogel, Wally Lester, Joe VerScharen, and Jackie Taylor. Legend has it that Janet ad libbed the song's memorable ending in high C (after repeating thirteen "you's") as a joke during rehersals. The group liked it so much they made it a permanent part of their arrangement. More than a dozen labels rejected the song before it was released by a local Pittsburgh label, Calico Records. Their follow-up, "This I Swear," peaked at number 20 on the R&B charts.

In recent years, The Skyliners created not one, but two Christmas standards. The group's version of the Beaumont/Rock compositions "You're My Christmas Present" and "Another Lonely New Year's Eve" are not only heard across America each holiday season, but have been included on a number of holiday compact disc collections. The ensemble was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2002.