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   David Proch
Car  Crash....Oct 19, 1998
  Age 44
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         LIGONIER, Pa. (AP) _ David Proch, a singer who became the third person 
        to sing first tenor for the group the Skyliners, died Monday in a car accident. 
        He was 44. 

        His car collided with a truck hauling asphalt on U.S. Route 30 near Ligonier, 
        about 45 miles east of Pittsburgh. 

        Proch was singing with another group when the Skyliners came to hear him 
        sing in 1993. At first listen, the Skyliners' original lead singer, Jimmy Beaumont, 
        invited him to join the group. 

        The Skyliners played places like Atlantic City, Hawaii and Madison Square 
        Garden.

       
 

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            This Pittsburgh vocal group made a magnificent heartache 
            ballad in 1959, "Since I Don't Have You." It remains among 
            R&B's ultimate agonizing triumphs, and Chuck Jackson later 
            did an equally gripping version. Jimmy Beaumont was the 
            lead vocalist, with Janet Vogel, Wally Lester, Joe VerScharen, 
            and Jackie Taylor.  Beaumont, Taylor, and Lester had been in 
            The Crescents, while Vogel and VerScharen were alumni of  
            The El Rios. Their follow - up, "This I Swear," was a creditable 
            effort that peaked at number 20 on the R&B charts, but few  
            remember it. Oddly, "Since I Don't Have You" only reached 
            number three on the R&B side and number 12 on the pop charts. 
            But it's certainly one song for whom the numbers really don't  
            come close to telling the story. The Skyliners had two chart 
            singles on Callico and then had one other song reach the  
            R&B Top 40 in 1965,  "The Loser," for Jubilee.  

              - - Ron Wynn      AMG

 


         
 The Skyliners
         
            This white vocal quintet comprised of members drawn 
            from two Pittsburgh, USA groups. Jimmy Beaumont  
            (lead vocals), Wally Lester (tenor) and Jackie Taylor  
            (bass) had sung with the Crescents, while Janet Vogel 
            and Joe VerScharen (baritone) were formerly of the 
            El Rios. The new act reached number 12 in the US  
            charts in 1959 with the poignant Since I Don't Have 
            You, a much-covered classic marked by Beaumont's  
            superb, sweeping delivery. The Skyliners later enjoyed 
            two Top 30 entries with This I Swear (1959) and Pen- 
            nies From Heaven (1960), but were quickly overtaken  
            by newer, more contemporary acts. They did enjoy minor 
            success in 1965 with The Loser, but the Skyliners became 
            increasingly confined to the nostalgia circuit. Although  
            Vogel retained a professional self-confidence, she was 
            latterly beset by personal problems and committed 
            suicide on 21 February 1980. 
         
         
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