Skyliners frontman dies in his sleep
Jimmy Beaumont, the lead singer of the American doo-wop group The Skyliners, died Saturday in his sleep at his home in McKeesport at age 76 after a career that lasted nearly 60 years. The band was best known for the 1959 hit, “Since I Don’t Have You”.
Other classics include “It Happened Today” (1959), “Close Your Eyes” (1961) and “Comes Love” (1962). The original group dissolved in 1963, but re-united eleven years later (without Jackie Taylor), for what would become their last charted record, “Where Have They Gone?”.
Beaumont’s death was announced on the Skyliners’ Facebook page by Nick Pociask, another member of the group, who wrote: “The sorrow we feel at this time cannot adequately be expressed, but your thoughts and prayers are now needed for his entire family and all those who were near and dear to his heart. This truly includes his fans and avid supporters throughout the 58 plus years he sang and entertained so many with a singing voice so unique, powerful, and melodic that it remains unmatched today by few, if any.”
Beaumont is survived by his wife, Ann Carol, daughters Stacey Schork of White Oak and Christina Shank of Penn Township and five grandchildren. Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Jaycox-Jaworksi Funeral Home and Creamatory in McKeesport.