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Charles Williams Higgins, 17 April 1924, Gary, Indiana, USA. Higgins was an R&B singer best known for his recording Pachuko Hop in 1952. The son of a preacher who also played trombone, Higgins learned to play the trumpet at the age of 10. In 1940 he moved to Los Angeles, where he played the trumpet in his high-school band. While attending the Los Angeles Music Conservatory, Higgins formed a band with pianist Frank Dunn, saxophonist Johnny Parker and others on bass and drums. After a series of personnel changes, Higgins took over the saxophone position and wrote Pachuko Hop, featuring a squealing solo on that instrument. It became a highlight of his stage show and was heard by Vernon Jake Porter, owner of Combo Records. Porter released the single (pachuko was a slang word denoting a Mexican-American dressed fashionably in baggy pants, with a long key chain), with the b-side Motorhead Baby, another raw...