Jimmy Sacca was born on July 26, 1929 in Lockport, New York, Donald McGuire was born on October 7, 1931 at Hazard, Kentucky and Seymour Spiegelman was born on October 1, 1930 in Seneca Falls, New York.
It was on the campus at Western Kentucky State College at Bowling Green, Kentucky they would form one of the hottest singing groups of the early 1950’s. Pianist Billy Vaughn, who would leave his own mark in the music business as an orchestra leader would become an important fourth member of The Hilltoppers.
It was a song written by Billy Vaughn, “Trying” that would begin their career and also establish Dot Records as a hit label. A local disc jockey liked the recording and sent it to a new record label that had been formed in Gallatin, Tennessee by Randy Wood called Dot.
Not only did Jimmy Sacca and the Hilltoppers become stars, but so did Billy Vaughn with a number of top selling hits.
“Trying” hit the top ten in October of 1952, followed in 1953 with “P.S. I Love You”, a three million seller on the Hit Parade. In early 1954, “Till Then” landed in the top ten for the Hilltoppers. At the same time they shared a top ten hits with the Gaylords, “From the Vine Came the Grape”. “Poor Butterfly” came next and their version of “Only You” shared #1 honors with the Platters in 1955.
Seymour Spiegelman died February 13, 1987 in New York City. Billy Vaughn died in Escondido, California on September 26, 1991 at 72 years of age.
Jimmy Sacca & The Hilltoppers, were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2005 and the Hit Parade Hall of Fame in 2008.