Vocalist. Joseph William “Joe” Verscharen aka Joe Rock A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was a founding member of the 1950s musical quintet The Skyliners, known for the recordings "Since I Don't Have You" (1959), "This I Swear" (1959) and "Pennies From Heaven" (1960). He continued to perform with the group until his retirement in 1976. They were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2002. He died from cancer.
Artist Biography by Ed Hogan
Joe Rock wrote the lyrics to the Skyliners' "Since I Don't Have You." The perennial favorite, with a melody composed by Skyliners lead singer Jimmy Beaumont and released on the Calico label, went to number three R&B on Billboard's charts in early 1959. Rock co-wrote the single's B-side, "One Night, One Night." "Since I Don't Have You" was included on the soundtrack of the 1974 George Lucas movie American Graffiti. Rock co-wrote the follow-up "This I Swear" — not to be confused with the Tyrone Davis hit of the same name.
Born Joseph V. Rock, he was the Skyliners' manager and also co-wrote "I'd Die," "It Happened Today," "Lonely Way," "How Much," and "You're My Christmas Present" with Jimmy Beaumont and the Skyliners for the Pittsburgh, PA, group. His other credits include "Lorraine" recorded by Joey Dee.
A standard, "Since I Don't Have You," has been covered by a diverse list of artists that includes Chuck Jackson (late 1964), Johnny Mathis (In the Still of the Night), Guns N' Roses (Spaghetti Incident?), Art Garfunkel, Ronnie Milsap, Eddie Holman, the Brian Setzer Orchestra, Jay and the Americans, Patti Labelle, New Edition, Don McLean, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Gloria Loring, and Barbra Streisand.
At the age of 63, Joe Rock died on April 4, 2000, at Baptist Hospital in Nashville, TN, from complications from quadruple surgery.