Hilltoppers, The – From The Vine Came The Grape

Originally the mystery group was a trio formed at Western Kentucky State College (now Western Kentucky University), Bowling Green, Kentucky. The original members were three students; Jimmy Sacca (born July 26, 1929, Lockport, New York), Donald McGuire (born October 7, 1931, Hazard, Kentucky), and Seymour Spiegelman (October 1, 1930 – February 13, 1987). Spiegelman was born in Seneca Falls, New York. They took their name from the nickname of the Western Kentucky athletic teams.

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Jimmy Sacca 2008

They later added a pianist, Billy Vaughn (April 12, 1919 – September 26, 1991). Vaughn was born in Glasgow, Kentucky. Vaughn was eventually to become famous in his own right as an orchestra leader.

In 1952 they recorded a song, “Trying,” written by Vaughn. A local disc jockey sent a copy to Randy Wood, who was starting a new record label, Dot, and he agreed to distribute the record. It became a Top 10 hit single. They went on to record a number of additional hits until their break-up. Their 1953 release, “P.S. I Love You,” sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.

Spiegelman died in New York City. Vaughn died in Palomar, California. McGuire and Sacca are still alive.

Your Mystery Lyric was:

He was back with Marie, On the Isle of Capri, With a million stars shining above her

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The Hilltoppers – From The Vine Came The Grape was presented by Hil on September 26th 2014

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