The Vogues

Formed in 1960, The Vogues were a four man vocal group from Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania, consisting of Bill Burkette (lead baritone), Don Miller (baritone), Hugh Geyer (first tenor) and Chuck Blasko (second tenor). Originally calling themselves The Val-Airs, they signed with Pittsburgh manager Elmer Willet, who produced their first recording "Which One Will It Be / Laurie My Love" which was picked up for national distribution by Coral Records. After high school, the group fractured, with some joining the Army while others went to college. After their enlistments and graduations were completed, the band reformed and pooled their resources to record Petula Clark's "You're The One", which was released locally on their own Blue Star label. With strong sales and plenty of local radio play, producer Nick Cenci arranged to have them signed by the tiny Co & Ce label as The Vogues. The record quickly rose to the #4 position on Billboard's Hot 100 in late 1965. The group's second effort, "Five O'clock World" continued the Folk / Rock sound and also reached #4. This tune enjoyed a revival of sorts when it was used as the theme to The Drew Carey Show in the late '90s. The group's next attempts, "Magic Town" (#21) and "The Land Of Milk and Honey" (#29) were not quite as successful, but still managed to become hits despite the onslaught of The British Invasion groups.

For the next few years, The Vogues' clean cut, harmony group image was out of step with the Rock 'n' Roll scene and it wasn't until they signed with Reprise Records in 1968 that they reached the charts again with a middle of the road ballad called "Turn Around, Look At Me". Despite sharing radio air time with increasingly harder Rock, the song still managed to hit #7 and sell over a million copies. Staying with the lighter, more sophisticated style they loved best, The Vogues kept the hits coming when they took a cover of a 1957 Bobby Helms hit, "My Special Angel" to #7 in September 1968. As they toured the club circuit, the group had two more songs reach the Top 40, "Till" (#27) and "No, Not Much" (#34). Throughout the decade, the group appeared on all of the top TV shows of the day, including The Tonight Show, The Ed Sullivan Show, Shindig!, The Red Skelton Show, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, American Bandstand, Hullabaloo and several appearances on The Mike Douglas Show.

By the time the 1970's dawned, the Vogues were out of vogue. Further singles failed to get any attention and the group began to splinter. Various line-ups continued to play the oldies circuit for years and a version of the group was still touring at the turn of the new millennium. In 2001, the original members of The Vogues were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. Their 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 schedules still had them booked for shows across the United States.

For more, be sure to read Gary James' interview with Hugh Geyer