The Hilltoppers

Genres: R&B / Soul
Tags: 50s 50's pop vocal american male oldies group male vocalists close harmony diner Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1950s 1990s 2000s
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This vocal quartet formed at the Western Kentucky College in Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA, comprised lead Jimmy Sacca (Hazard, Kentucky, USA), baritone Billy Vaughn (b. 12 April 1919, Glasgow, Kentucky, USA, d. 26 September 1991, Escondido, California, USA), tenor Seymour Speigelman and bass Don McGuire. Sacca and Vaughn formed the group to record ‘Trying’ in 1952 and named it after their college nickname. Dot Records signed the band, re-recorded ‘Trying’ in the college auditorium, and it reached the US Top 10 (making the UK charts in 1956). Over the next five years the group, who wore college sweaters and beanies on stage, scored a further nine US Top 20 singles, the biggest being ‘P.S. I Love You’ in 1953, ‘Only You’ in 1955 and ‘Marianne’ in 1957. Vaughn left in 1955 and had a very successful career as musical director for Dot and as an orchestra leader. In the UK, where the Platters’ original version of...

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