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You're The One
#4 in 1965
|The Vogues were an singing quartet from Turtle Creek,
Pennsylvania, a Pittsburgh suburb. They consisted of Bill Burkette (lead
baritone), Don Miller (baritone), Hugh Geyer (first tenor) and Chuck
Blasko (second tenor). Originally called "The Valaires," the
group included a fifth member, Neil Foster. After disbanding in the
early 1960s, the group reformed as a quartet by 1965 (minus Foster),
adopting "The Vogues" as their new name. The name was derived
from Vogue Terrace, a popular teenage dance hall that also housed
Willett Records in North Versailles, Pennsylvania. It was owned by
Willett and was the site of numerous performances by the group during
their "Valaires" days. For their first release as The Vogues,
the group chose an original song by Petula Clark, "You're the One"
(1965) - co-written by Petula Clark and Tony Hatch, releasing it on
their own Blue Star label. As the record caught on locally in the
Pittsburgh area, they quickly sought out a source to distribute the disc
nationally, and soon signed a contract with the small Pittsburgh-based
Co & Ce Records label, run by Herb Cohen and Nick Cenci. The song
rose to #4 on the Billboard charts and was followed by "Five
O'Clock World," which reached the same #4 level. Two more hits, "Magic
Town" and "The Land of Milk and Honey," did not reach the
same heights, but still made Billboard's Top 40 in 1966.
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