Wally Lester has died. He as an original member of the American doo-wop group The Skyliners, he was seventy-three when he passed away of
pancreatic cancer on April 21, 2015. They are known their biggest hit “Since I Don’t Have You,”. It was in Pittsburgh where the group had been formed and Lester was just fourteen at the time he joined an early version of the Skyliners and just seventeen when he recorded the classic “Since I Don’t Have You.”
Lester, was a tenor with the group, also became a sales manager for Clairol and then a company vice president.
“It was hard to stay enthusiastic about the [music] business,” he told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in 2009.
“I was on the road for four years and really didn’t like it. Riding the bus and all that. … Plus, I had to get my high school degree. As Chuck Noll would say, it was time to get on with my life’s work. I didn’t want to be a background singer in an oldies group doing oldies shows.”
Jimmy Beaumont, the leader of the Skyliners, marked Lester’s death by stating on the group’s Facebook page that,
“My good buddy Wally Lester passed away. … We began touring the country in 1959 with Wally keeping us laughing all the way. I will miss you, but I won’t say goodbye. I’ll just say so long my friend.”
They also had the hits This I Swear, Pennies from Heaven, It Happened Today, Close Your Eyes and Comes Love.