1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
The Hilltoppers Jimmy Sacca, lead, (b.1929), Billy Vaughn, baritone, (b.1919), Seymour Spiegelman, tenor, (b.1930), Don McGuire, bass, (b.1931)
Famous EASY-POP hit during the 50s: P.S. I Love You 1953
The Hilltoppers also had hits with Trying in 1952, I’d Rather Die Young in 1953, Only You in 1955, and Marianne in 1957.
Recording career with hits on the charts: 1952-1957 Record Label: Dot
Originally a trio formed at Western Kentucky State College (now Western Kentucky University), in Bowling Green, the original members were students, Jimmy Sacca, born in Lockport, New York, Don McGuire born in Hazard, Kentucky, and Seymour Spiegelman born in Seneca Falls, New York. ‘Hilltoppers’ was the nickname of Western Kentucky’s athletic teams. They added a pianist, Billy Vaughn, who became the fourth member of the singing group. Born in Glasgow, Kentucky, he became music director for Dot, came up with the hit Melody of Love, and he was the arranger/conductor for many of the records released on the Dot label. In 1952, the Hilltoppers recorded Trying, written by Billy Vaughn. It became a top-ten hit and they recorded 17 more hit songs from 1952 to 1957, the biggest was P.S. I Love You. A popular act in their college sweaters and beanies, they frequently appeared on TV including Ed Sullivan’s Show.