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It's A 5 O'Clock World

The Vogues are a singing quartet from Turtle Creek, Pa with members Bill Burkette (lead baritone), Don Miller (baritone), Hugh Geyer (first tenor) and Chuck Blasko. They are best known for their chart toping singles “Five O’Clock World”, “Magic Town”, and “Turn Around, Look at Me”. In addition to touring the world, the group appeared "American Bandstand," "The Tonight Show," and "The Ed Sullivan Show". They were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2001.

The group originally named the Val-Aires formed in 1958 at Turtle Creek High School. They signed with Pittsbugh manager Elmer Willet, who produced their first recording release "Which One Will It Be / Laurie My Love". DJ Porky Chedwick became a supporter booking the group for his rock and roll shows and record hops. Porky put them on bills with the Drifters, the Platters, and the Dells.  Clark Race of KDKA radio promoted the group on his KDKA TV dance show. Having strong regional sales it was picked up for national distribution by Coral Records.

After high school, several members of the group joined the several Army and some went to college. A few years later with their enlistments completed and degrees in hand, they decided to record again. They pitched in $100 a piece to record a demo tape. They hired Nick Cenci, who had broken Lou Christie, to produce the recording. In 1965 Nick Cenci produced recording sessions for the Val-Aires at Gateway Studios in Pittsburgh. The band recorded vocals for a cover of the Petula Clark song "You're The One."  It was released the bands own Blue Star label.  Nick Cenci persuaded John Rook, program director of KQV to play the single. With local airplay and sales Nick signed them to the Co & Ce label as the “Vogues”.  He had the single distributed nationally .  The song became a national hit reaching number four on the Billboard charts. Later in 1965 Cenci produced another Vogues recording session giving the world the no. 4 Billboard hit "Five O'Clock World". 

In 1966 Co & Ce Records released the single "Magic Town which reached no. 21 in February and the no. 29 “The Land of Milk and Honey”. The singles "Summer Afternoon" and "Lovers Of The World Unite" were released on Co & Ce in 1967.   Co & Ce leased the Vogues to Reprise Records (distributed by Warner Bros.) where they scored a no. 7 hit with the song “Turn Around, Look at Me” (#7). They continued to hit the charts with cover versions of "My Special Angel" peak); "Till" ,"No, Not Much", "Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)", "Moments To Remember," and Green Fields”.