Groupe vocal US du Kentucky formé en 1952 et composé de Jimmy Sacca (né le 26 Juillet 1929 à Lockport, New York), Don McGuire ( (né le 7 Octobre 1931 à Hazard, Kentucky) , Seymour Spiegelman ( (né le 1er Octobre 1930 à Seneca Falls, New York), Billy Vaughn (né 4 Avril 1919, décédé le 26 Septembre 1991), et plus tard, Ed Crowe.

The Hilltoppers started out as a vocal trio consisting of Jimmy Sacca (born 26 July 1929 in Lockport, New York), Seymore Spiegelman (born 1 October 1930 in Seneca Falls, New York) and Don McGuire (born 7 October 1931 in Hazard, Kentucky) who were all students together at the Western Kentucky University in the town of Bowling Green. Sacca was acquainted with a pianist by the name of Billy Vaughn (born 12 April 1919 in Glasgow, Kentucky) who although considerably older than the trio of friends fitted their vocal style well and was drafted into the group as a full time member. He brought with him a song he had written called "Tryin" which the foursome recorded and sent the tape to a local radio DJ who in turn drew it to the attention of Randy Wood, the head of Dot Records in Nashville, Tennessee who duly signed the Hilltoppers to the Dot label. The single was a slow burner, breaking region by region but eventually secured a place in the top 10, peaking at no.7. They adopted a college look of beanies and letter sweaters that would become their trademark and appeared on Ed Sullivan's Toast of the Town in October 1952 and followed this with The Perry Como show in November as well as appearances with Patti Page, Kate Smith, Sammy Kaye and Milton Berle. Jimmy Sacca had been called up for military service and the Hilltoppers went into the studio to record a series of tracks that could be released while he was away. After "Tryin", a whole series of hits followed, "PS I Love You", "I'd Rather Die Young", "To Be Alone", "Love Walked In", "From the Vine Came the Grape" and "Till Then", all top 10s, making the Hilltoppers one of the top US vocal groups of the 1950s but rock n roll was on the way and their clean cut college look and style was rapidly becoming old fashioned. Billy Vaughn also left the group to begin his orchestral solo career in 1955, his place in the Hilltoppers taken by Chuck Schrouder. Vaughn went on to have a very successful chart career beginning with the no.2 hit "Melody Of Love" and included other top 10 singles "The Shifting Whispering Sands (Parts 1 & 2)", "Raunchy" and "Sail Along Silvery Moon" while The Hilltoppers adapted their style in an attempt to appeal to mid to late 1950s teenagers and recorded a series of songs that competed with the top vocal group of the late 1950s, The Platters, indeed one of those songs was "Only You (And You Alone)", composed by Buck Ram for The Platters and they also enjoyed their biggest US hit with "Marianne", originally by Terry Gilkyson and The Easy Riders. In the UK they only had three hit singles, Only you which hit no.3 in May 1956, a re-release a first recording "Tryin" and "Marianne" in the Spring of 1957. The group remained a fixture of the Dot Records roster for the next decade, finally splitting in 1963. They reformed briefly in the mid 1970s and remade their biggest hits for ABC Paramount, continuing to perform until 1975. After The Hilltoppers broke up, Jimmy Sacca worked for Dot Records in the early 1960s before forming a new Hilltoppers group which toured worldwide from 1968 to 1979. In 1979 Sacca and his son established a talent agency. He lives in Jackson, Mississippi with his wife Ann. Seymour Spiegelman also worked for Dot Records, and later for Peter Pan Industries. He died on 13 February 1987 in New York. Don McGuire started a real estate business in Lexington, and also worked as Western Kentucky University's liaison with the state legislature. He lives in Lexington, Kentucky with his wife Maxine. Billy Vaughn decided not to travel with the group, becoming the music director of Dot Records. He also embarked upon his career as a well-known musician, arranger and composer, hitting the charts in 1954 with the instrumental "Melody of Love" as the Billy Vaughn Orchestra. He died on 26 September 1991 in Escondido, California.

Style musical : Vocal, Doo Wop

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TRYING (1952)

LOVE WALKED IN (1953)

I'D RATHER DIE YOUNG (1953)

KA-DING-DONG (1956)

ONLY YOU (AND YOU ALONE) (1955)

Années en activité :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles & EP

03/1952 SP DOT 45-15018 (US) . Trying / You Made Up My Mind
10/1952 SP DOT 45-15034 (US) . Cry Again / Telling Myself Sol
1953 SP DOT 45-15055 (US) . The Hilltoppers featuring Jimmy Sacca - I Can't Lie To Myself / If I Were King
05/1953 SP DOT 45-15085 (US) . The Hilltoppers featuring Jimmy Sacca - I'd Rather Die Young / P.S. I Love You
09/1953 SP DOT 45-15105 (US) . Love Walked In / To Be Alone
12/1953 SP DOT 45-15127 (US) . From The Vine Came The Grape / Time Will Tell
1953 EP DOT DEP-1006 (US) I Keep Telling Myself / Trying / Must I Cry Again / You Made Up Your Mind
1953 EP DOT DEP-1007 (US) I Can't Lie to Myself / If I Were King / I'd Rather Die Young / P.S. I Love You
01/1954 SP DOT 45-15132 (US) . The Hilltoppers featuring Jimmy Sacca - I Found Your Letter / Till Then
04/1954 SP DOT 45-15156 (US) . Poor Butterfly / Wrapped Up In A Dream
06/1954 SP DOT 45-15201 (US . Old Cabaret / Sweetheart
1954 SP DOT 45-15218 (US) . Stormy Night / At Sundown
07/1954 SP DOT 45-15220 (US) . If I Didn't Care / Bettina
10/1954 SP DOT 45-15249 (US) . Time Waits For No One Side / You Try Somebody Else
12/1954 EP LONDON REP 102 (UK) Presenting The Hilltoppers - Love Walked In / Poor Butterfly / Wrapped Up In A Dream / If I Didn't Care
1954 EP DOT DEP-1008 (US) For Keeps / Bouquets And Kisses / I Found Your Letter / Till Then
1954 EP DOT DEP-1009 (US) Time Will Tell / There Is No Greater Love / Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain / From The Vine Came The Grape
01/1955 SP DOT 45-15318 (US) . The Hilltoppers featuring Jimmy Sacca - D-A-R-L-I-N'/ Frivolette
04/1955 SP DOT 45-15351 (US) . Door Is Still Open / Teardrops From My Eyes
05/1955 SP DOT 45-15375 (US) . I Must Be Dreaming / Kentuckian Song
08/1955 SP DOT 45-15415 (US) . All I Need Is You / Searching
10/1955 SP DOT 45-15423 (US) . The Hilltoppers featuring Jimmy Sacca - Only You (And You Alone) / Until The Real Thing Comes Along
11/1955 SP DOT 45-15437 (US) . The Hilltoppers featuring Jimmy Sacca - Last Word In Love / My Treasure
12/1955 EP LONDON RED 1030 (UK) The Hilltoppers Vol. 2 - Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain / I Found Your Letter / Bouquets And Kisses / Till Then
1955 EP DOT DEP-1011 (US) Glad, Glad, Glad / My Ann / Stormy Night / About A Quarter To Nine
1955 EP DOT DEP-1012 (US) Frivolette / Tormented / Without You / Can't We Try Again
02/1956 SP DOT 45-15451 (US) . Do The Bop Side / When You're Alone
1956 SP DOT 45-15459 (US) . So Tired Side / Faded Rose
04/1956 SP DOT 45-15468 (US) . Eyes Of Fire, Lips Of Wine / I'm Walkin Through Heaven
08/1956 SP DOT 45-15489 (US) . Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall (The Hilltoppers featuring Jimmy Sacca) / Ka-Ding-Dong (The Hilltoppers featuring Chuck Schrouder)
10/1956 SP DOT 45-15511 (US) . The Hilltoppers featuring Jimmy Sacca - No Regrets / Until You're Mine
01/1957 SP DOT 45-15537 (US) . The Hilltoppers featuring Jimmy Sacca - Marianne  / You're Wasting Your Time
03/1957 SP DOT 45-15560 (US) . I Love My Girl / I'm Serious
1957 SP DOT 45-15594 (US) . A Fallen Star / Footsteps
1957 SP DOT 45-15626 (US) . Dedicated To You / My Cabin Of Dreams
10/1957 SP DOT 45-15662 (US) . Chicken Chicken / The Joker
1957 EP DOT / VERSAILLES 90 S 155 (F) Marianne / You're Wasting Your Time (Tryin' To Lose The Blues) / Until You're Mine / No Regrets
01/1958 EP LONDON RED 1099 (UK) The Hilltoppers Vol. 3 - I'm Walking Through Heaven With You / Eyes Of Fire, Lips Of Wine / No Regrets / Until You're Mine
02/1958 SP DOT 45-15712 (US) . The Hilltoppers featuring Jimmy Sacca - You Sure Look Good To Me / Starry Eyes
1958 SP DOT D 45-148 (DK) The Hilltoppers featuring Jimmy Sacca - You Sure Look Good To Me / Starry Eyes
1958 SP DOT 45-15814 (US) . Singorina / Peggy's Sister
10/1958 SP DOT 45-15857 (US) . The Hilltoppers featuring Jimmy Sacca - Trying / Your Nobody Till Somebody Love
1958 EP DOT / VERSAILLES 90 S 215 (F) My Cabin Of Dreams / Dedicated To You / The Joker / Ka Ding Dong
1959 SP DOT 45-16010 (US) . Alone / The Prisoner's Song
12/1959 SP DOT 45-16022 (US) . The Hilltoppers featuring Jimmy Sacca - P.S. I Love You / Trying
01/1960 SP DOT 45-16024 (US) . Love Walked In / From The Vine Came The Grape
01/1960 SP DOT 45-16054 (US) . The Hilltoppers featuring Jimmy Sacca - To Be Alone / P.S. I Love You
1963 SP DOT 45-16556 (US) . The Hilltoppers featuring Jimmy Sacca - Only You (And You Alone) / No Longer Lonely
1965 SP DOT 45-112 (US) . P.S. I Love You / Trying
1968 SP DOT 45-114 (US) . Only You (And You Alone) / Till Then
1968 SP DOT 45-115 (US) . Marianne / To Be Alone

Albums

1954 LP 10" DOT DLP-104 (US) HILLTOPPERS - I Keep Telling Myself / Trying / Must I Cry Again / You Made Up Your Mind / I Can't Lie To Myself / If I Were King / I'd Rather Die Young / P.S. I Love You
1954 LP 10" DOT DLP-105 (US) HILLTOPPERS - Till Then / For Keeps / Time Will Tell / I Found Your Letter / Bouquets And Kisses / There Is No Greater Love / Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain / From The Vine Came The Grape
11/1954 LP 10" DOT DLP-106 (US) HILLTOPPERS - Glad, Glad, Glad / My Ann / Stormy Night / About A Quarter To Nine / Frivolette / Tormented / Without You / Can't We Try Again
1955 LP 12" DOT DLP-3003 (US) THE HILLTOPPERS PRESENT TOPS IN POPS - Trying / P.S. I Love You / I'd Rather Die Young / To Be Alone / Love Walked In / From The Vine Came The Grape / Till Then / The Kentuckian Song / If I Didn't Care / Time Waits For No One / D-A-R-L-I-N / Door Is Still Open
1956 LP 12" DOT DLP-3029 (US) THE TOWERING HILLTOPPERS FEATURING THE VOICE OF JIMMY SACCA - I Can't Give You Anything But Love / Whispering Grass (Don't Tell The Trees) / That Old Feeling / I Can't Get Started / The Gypsy / With Every Breath I Take / At Sundown / Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall / Trouble In Mind / Why Baby / I'm Glad For Your Sake / Maybe You'll Be There
1958 LP 12" DOT DLP-3073 (US) LOVE IN BLOOM - Love In Bloom / I'm Confessin' / Then I'll Be Happy / Love, Your Magic Spell Is Everywhere / Love Is Here To Stay / This Love Of Mine / Let's Fall In Love / Together / So Beats My Heart For You / For Sentimental Reasons / Love Is Just Around The Corner / I Hadn't Anyone Till You
10/1994 CD VARESE VSD-5524 (US) P.S. I LOVE YOU - THE BEST OF THE HILLTOPPERS - Trying / Must I Cry Again / I'd Rather Die Young / P.S. I Love You / To Be Alone / Love Walked In / From The Vine Came The Grape / Till Then / Poor Butterfly / D-A-R-L-I-N' / If I Didn't Care / Time Waits For No One / The Kentuckian Song / Only You (And You Alone) / My Treasure / Marianne / A Fallen Star / The Joker (That's What They Call Me)
???? CD EVERGREEN 2691755 (UK) 30 GREATEST HITS ! - Trying / P.S. I Love You / A Fallen Tear / Do The Bop / Till Then / I Must Be Dreaming / You Try Somebody Else / Ka Ding Dong / Time Waits For No One / I Love My Girl / Marianne / If I Didn't Care / From The Vine Came The Grape / Love Walked In / The Door Is Still Open / I'd Rather Die Young / The Joker / Until The Real Thing Comes A Long / When You're Alone / The Kentuckian Song / No Regrets / So Tired / My Treasure / Poor Butterfly / Bettina / Teardrops In My Eyes / Must I Cry Again / The Last Word In Love / Only You (And You Alone) / To Be Alone
11/2003 CD SFI / CD Baby ? (US) Golden Memories - The Ultimate Collection - P.S. I Love You / Trying / Poor Butterfly / Time Waitsfor No One / Only You (And You Alone) / From The Vine Came The Grape / A Fallen Star / To Be Alone / Marianne / If I Didn't Care / The Kentuckian Song / Must I Cry Again / Till Then / My Treasure / I'd Rather Die Young / Love Walked In / D-A-R-L-I-N / The Joker (That's What They Call Me)
02/2007 2 CD Jasmine JASCD 659 (UK) Trying :
CD 1 : Trying / You Made Up My Mind / Must I Cry Again / I Keep Telling Myself / If I Were King / I Can't Lie To Myself / I'd Rather Die Young (Than Grow Old Without You) / P.S. I Love You / Love Walked In / To Be Alone / From The Vine Came The Grape / Time Will Tell / Till Then / I Found Your Letter / Poor Butterfly / Wrapped Up In A Dream / Sweetheart (Will You Remember) / The Old Cabaret / If I Didn't Care / Bettina / Time Waits For No One / You Try Somebody Else / Frivolette / The Door Is Still Open / The Kentuckian Song / I Must Be Dreaming / Searching / My Treasure / For Keeps
CD 2 : Only You (And You Alone) / Until The Real Thing Comes Along / Ka-Ding-Dong / Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall / Until You're Mine / Marianne / No Regrets / You're Wasting Your Time (Tryin' To Lose The Blues) / I'm Serious / I Love My Girl / A Fallen Star / Dedicated To You / The Joker (That's What They Call Me) / Can't We Try Again? / Do The Bop / My Cabin Of Dreams / Chicken, Chicken / Faded Rose / D-A-R-L-I-N' / There Is No Greater Love / Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain / My Ann / Glad Glad Glad / Stormy Night / About A Quarter To Nine / Bouquets And Kisses / Without You / Tear Drops From My Eyes / Alone / You're All That I Need / Alone With My Heart / Mansion On The Hill
10/2007 CD Memory Lane PGNCD 923 (US) Only You - Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain / D-A-R-L-I-N / For Keeps / I Found Your Letter / I'd Rather Die Young / The Kentuckian Song / Love Walked In / Only You (And You Alone) / Poor Butterfly / Till Then / Time Will Tell / Trying / Wrapped In A Dream / Bouquets And Kisses / The Door Is Still Open To My Heart / From The Vine Came The Grape / I Must Be Dreamin' / If I Don't Care / Last Word Is Love / My Treasure / PS, I Love You / There Is No Greater Love / Time Waits For No One / To Be Alone / Until The Real Thing Comes Along

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