The Vogues

By Gary: I was never a huge fan of White Quartets, I guess because they really sang a lot of ballads and at the time I wasn’t that big on that type of music; yes I was wrong.

In the mid-sixties a Quartet came along that I really enjoyed.  They where from a small town in Pennsylvania called Turtle Creek.  So I give you…

Bill Burkette (lead baritone), Don Miller (baritone), Hugh Geyer (first tenor) and Chuck Blasko (second tenor).

The Vogues

1965 / Your the One / Hullabaloo /
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2011 / PBS Special / My Special Angel /
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2011 / PBS Special / Magic Town /
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2013 / Steubenville, Ohio / Five O’clock world /
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2015 / Vogue’s Promo (they are still going) /
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Audio

1.   You’re the One/ Co & Ce 229 (first released on Blue Star)/ 10/9/65/ #4 Billboard

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2.   Five O’ Clock World/ Co & Ce 232/ 12/11/65/ #4 Billboard

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3.   Magic Town/ Co & Ce 234/ 3/19/66/ #21 Billboard

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4.   The Land of Milk and Honey/ Co & Ce 238/ 6/25/66/ #29 Billboard

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5.   Turn around Look at Me/ Reprise 0686/ 7/13/68/ #7 Billboard

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6.   My Special Angel/ Reprise 0766/ 9/21/68/ #7 Billboard (# 1 Adult Contemporary hit ( 2 weeks)

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7.   Till/ Reprise/ 0788/ 12/8/68/ # 27 Billboard

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8.   No, Not Much/ Reprise 0803/ 3/29/69/ #34 Billboard

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9.   Earth Angel/ Reprise 0820/ 1969/ #42 Billboard

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10. Moments to Remember/ Reprise 0831/ 1969/ #47 Billboard

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11. Green Fields/ Reprise 0844/ 1969/ #92 Billboard

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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 changed their name when they were signed to the tiny Co & Ce label.

In 1965 they released a song called “You’re The One“, that quickly rose to the #4 position on Billboard’s Hot 100. The group’s second effort, ‘Five O’Clock World‘ continued the rock-folk 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 90’s.

The group’s next attempts, ‘Magic Town‘ and ‘The Land Of Milk and Honey’ were not quite as successful, but still managed to edge into the top 40 in 1966.

For the next few years, The Vogues clean cut, harmony group image was out of step with the rock and 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‘, into the Top 10 in September 1968. As they toured the club circuit, the group had two more songs reach the Top 40, ‘Till‘ and ‘No, Not Much‘.

By the time the 1970’s dawned, the Vogues were out. Further singles failed to get any attention. Various lineups continue to play the oldies circuit for years and the group is still touring in the new millennium.

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