Richard Vaughn, 12 April 1919, Glasgow, Kentucky, USA, d. 26 September 1991, Escondido, California, USA. An extremely successful orchestra leader, arranger and musical director during the 50s and early 60s. In 1952, singing baritone and playing piano, he formed the Hilltoppers vocal quartet, with Jimmy Sacca, Seymour Speigelman and Don McGuire. They had a string of US hits through to 1957, commencing in August 1952 with Vaughns composition Trying, and in the following year with the million-selling P.S. I Love You. When Vaughn left the group in 1955 to become musical director for Dot Records, the other three members continued together until the early 60s, when they too accepted jobs with Dot.
Throughout the 50s, Vaughn contributed significantly to Dots chart success, particularly with his arrangements for the somewhat antiseptic cover-versions of rock n roll and R&B hits,...
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