Since I Don't Have You

Album: Since I Don't Have You (1959)
Charted: 12

Songfacts®:

  • Songwriter Joe Rock, who composed this song along with Jimmy Beaumont, wrote most of the lyrics while sitting in his car between stoplights. He was upset about a girl who had just left him.
  • This was used in the movies American Graffiti, The Adventures Of Buckaroo Banzai, Lethal Weapon 2 and Mischief.
  • Guns N' Roses recorded this for their 1994 album The Spaghetti Incident and hit #10 in the UK with their cover. Art Garfunkel hit #38 UK with his 1979 cover, and Don McLean's 1981 version went to #23 in the US. Other artists to record the song include Chuck Jackson, The Vogues, Lenny Welch, Ronnie Milsap, and The Brian Setzer Orchestra. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Edna - Madrid, Spain, for all above
  • The Guns N' Roses version of this song has a very bizarre video where Gary Oldman does horrible things to Axl Rose.

Comments: 12

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyPer: http://www.oldiesmusic.com/news.htm {10-09-2017}
    Jimmy Beaumont, lead singer of the Skyliners, died Saturday (October 7th, 2017), a couple of weeks shy of his 77th birthday...
    Jimmy originally started singing while at Knoxville Junior High School in Pittsburgh in a group called the Montereys (later the Crescents) that came to the attention of local manager Joe Rock. He got them a contract with Calico Records with a song he wrote (literally on the way to the recording studio) called "Since I Don't Have You". Released under the name "the Skyliners", it got to #12 in 1959 and was followed by (among others) "This I Swear" (#26 in 1959) and "Pennies From Heaven" (#24 in 1960)...
    As a solo artist, Jimmy bubbled-under the national chart with "Ev'rybody's Cryin'" (#100 in 1961) and " I Feel Like I'm Falling In Love" (#123 in 1965). The Skyliners, however, called it quits by 1964. Jimmy took on a variety of non-musical jobs, including driving a cab, before re-forming the Skyliners to play the oldies circuit starting in the '70s and he continued to front the group until his passing. The Skyliners were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2002...
    May he R.I.P.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn June 28, 1969, the Spiral Starecase performed their covered version of "Since I Don't Have You" on the Dick Clark ABC-TV network Saturday-afternoon program 'American Bandstand'...
    The song was track five of side two on the quintet's debut album, 'More Today Than Yesterday', the album reached #56 on Billboard's Top LP Albums chart...
    Two tracks from the album made Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; "More Today Than Yesterday"* {#12 for 1 week} and "No One for Me to Turn To" {#52 for 2 weeks}...
    They had one other Top 100 record,"She's Ready", it peaked at #72 in 1970...
    * On the same 'Bandstand' show they also performed "More Today Than Yesterday"
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn May 30, 1981, Don McLean performed his covered version of "Since I Don't Have You" on the Dick Clark ABC-TV network Saturday-afternoon program 'American Bandstand'...
    At the time the song was in it's first of two weeks at #23 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart, and that would also be it's peak position on the chart, it spent 14 weeks on the Top 100...
    It reached #6 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart...
    Between 1971 and 1981 he had nine records on the Hot Top 100 chart; two made the Top 10 with one reaching #1, "American Pie" for 4 weeks on January 9th, 1972...
    His other Top 10 record was a covered version of Roy Orbison's "Crying", it peaked at #5 {for 3 weeks} on March 15th, 1981...
    Donald McLean III will celebrate his 72nd birthday this coming October 2nd {2017}.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyPer: http://www.oldiesmusic.com/news.htm
    Wally Lester, original tenor singer with the Skyliners, died Monday (April 20th, 2015) of pancreatic cancer in Southport, North Carolina. He was 73. Wally joined with fellow high school students Jimmy Beaumont, Janet Vogel, Joe VerScharen and Jackie Taylor in forming the doo wop group in Pittsburgh in 1958. They travelled to New York to audition for and were signed by Calico Records, where "Since I Don't Have You" topped out at #12 on the Pop charts-- #3 R&B-- the following year. Other hits included "Pennies From Heaven" (#24-1960), "This I Swear" (#26-1959) and "It Happened Today" (#59-1959). The group disbanded in 1963 and Wally became a sales manager and later vice-president with Clairol, though he did re-unite with surviving members from 1970 to 1975 and for anniversary concerts. The Skyliners were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2002...
    May he R.I.P.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn April 22nd 1960, the Skyliners appeared at the Spatz Show Lounge in Hamilton, Ohio...
    Seventeen days later on May 9th, 1960 their covered version of "Pennies From Heaven" entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #100; ten weeks later on July 18th, 1960 it would peak at #24 {for 1 week} and spent 13 weeks on the Top 100...
    Exactly one year earlier on April 22nd, 1959 their biggest hit, "Since I Don't Have You", was at #15 on the Top 100, the week before it was at #12 and that was its peak position on the chart...
    Between 1959 and 1965 the Pittsburgh quintet had five Top 100 records; their three other charted records were, "This I Swear" {#26 in 1959}, "It Happened Today" {#59 in 1959}, and "The Loser" {#72 in 1965}.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn February 13th 1959, the Skyliners performed "Since I Don't Have You" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
    Three days earlier on February 10th it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; eventually it peaked at #12 and spent 19 weeks on the Top 100...
    Four covered versions have charted; Chuck Jackson (#47 in 1964), Art Garfunkel (#53 in 1979), Don McLean (#23 in 1981), and Guns 'N Roses (#10 in 1994 in the U.K.)...
    And it was the B-side of Eddie Holman's 1970 hit "Don't Stop Now", it reached #48...
    Ronnie Milsap covered it in 1991; his version peaked at #6 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart...
    R.I.P. group member Janet Vogel (1942 - 1980).
  • James from Diamond Bar, CaDarn- one of the greatest records ever made- the greatest intro I ever heard- one of the greatest records I've ever heard- My favorite love ballad of the Fifties- Just beautiful -
  • Robert from Hagerstown, MdAnother Icon song of the Rock and Roll years. The best times of our lives. Rock and Roll Forever.
  • Sandy from Enterprise, FlGod rest Janet Vogel, the Skyliners' female singer who committed suicide. I used to live in Pittsburgh, home of the fabulous Skyliners.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyLead singer Jimmy Beaumont had two solo records that made Billboard's Top 100; in 1961 with "Everybody's Crying" and in 1975 with "Where Have They Gone". Both records peaked at No. 100 and were on the chart for one week...
  • Roland from Stockton, CaWhen I first heard "Since I Don't Have You" by The Skyliners, I was completely knocked out by the emotion & the over-all "feel" of the song. Jimmy Beaumont's great lead vocals, Janet Vogel's high "you" at the very end, the lyrics, the slow tempo,the complete orchestra & "BOOM" ~ the stuff that dreams are made of!! "This I Swear" was equally as perfect. Pure & solid GOLD!!
  • Steve Dotstar from Los Angeles, Caa fine arrangement by Lennie Martin..one of the
    first doo wop songs to use violins and clarinets
    in the backround...
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