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The Hilltoppers Only You (CD)

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  • Interpret: The Hilltoppers

  • Album titlle: Only You (CD)

  • Genre Pop

  • Year of publication 2007
  • Label PEGASUS

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 5034504292321

  • weight in Kg 0.2
Hilltoppers - Only You (CD) CD 1
01 Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain The Hilltoppers
02 D-A-R-L-I-N The Hilltoppers
03 For Keeps The Hilltoppers
04 I Found Your Letter The Hilltoppers
05 I'd Rather Die Young The Hilltoppers
06 The Kentuckian Song The Hilltoppers
07 Love Walked In The Hilltoppers
08 Only You (And You Alone) The Hilltoppers
09 Poor Butterfly The Hilltoppers
10 Till Then The Hilltoppers
11 Time Will Tell The Hilltoppers
12 Trying The Hilltoppers
13 Wrapped in a Dream The Hilltoppers
14 Bouquets and Kisses The Hilltoppers
15 The Door Is Still Open to My Heart The Hilltoppers
16 From the Vine Came the Grape The Hilltoppers
17 I Must Be Dreamin' The Hilltoppers
18 If I Don't Care The Hilltoppers
19 Last Word Is Love The Hilltoppers
20 My Treasure The Hilltoppers
21 PS, I Love You The Hilltoppers
22 There Is No Greater Love The Hilltoppers
23 Time Waits for No One The Hilltoppers
24 To Be Alone The Hilltoppers
25 Until the Real Thing Comes Along The Hilltoppers
The Hilltoppers Do The Bop The Hilltoppers met and formed their quartet while students... more
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The Hilltoppers

Do The Bop

The Hilltoppers met and formed their quartet while students at Western Kentucky State College (now Western Kentucky University). Throughout their career, they performed as 'college guys,' often wearing beanies and sweaters emblazoned with the letter W (for 'Western'). They had lots of hit records, almost all ballads featuring the plaintive tenor voice of Jimmy Sacca, with six Top 10 hits in the years 1952 – 54.

Rock 'n' roll was not the Hilltoppers' natural environment, but that's where the world was going. On Do The Bop they sing a song written by Billy Vaughn, backed up by an orchestra directed by Billy Vaughn. Vaughn had been a member of the Hilltoppers when they formed, but once they got to Dot Records Vaughn gave up singing to become a music director and orchestra leader. Rock 'n' roll was not Vaughn's natural environment either. In 1955 he had a #1 hit under his own name with the syrupy Melody Of Love; that same year he did the orchestration for Pat Boone's Ain't That A Shame which, when compared to Fats Domino's original, helped give cover records a bad name.

Billy Vaughn was already an accomplished songwriter, having written the Hilltoppers' 1952 Top 10 hit, Trying (though not trying to rock) and here he was writing a rock 'n' roll song. At least the song's title, Do The Bop, was promising. The song lyric's narrative is appropriate (featuring a teenage hep kitten in blue jeans who loves to dance), but what is that "oo blee ah ah ah" stuff at the end of the verse? More interesting is the song's 'tune' since there virtually is none despite Vaughn's having written the aptly titled Melody Of Love. Early critics of rock 'n' roll often described it as "tuneless." Was Vaughn purposely adopting that approach here?

Vaughn's arrangement of the record puts a vocal chorus backup behind a saxophone solo as he had on Ain't That A Shame. It works less well here, as does almost everything else. Toward the end, the guitar player makes some attempts to turn this into a real rock 'n' roll record but it's too late and he's alone.

Sadly, Jimmy Sacca died on March 7 2015 at age 85, just as They Tried To Rock was going to press.

Various The Popsters - They Tried To Rock Vol.3
Read more at: https://www.bear-family.com/various-the-popsters-they-tried-to-rock-vol.3.html
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Tracklist
Hilltoppers - Only You (CD) CD 1
01 Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain
02 D-A-R-L-I-N
03 For Keeps
04 I Found Your Letter
05 I'd Rather Die Young
06 The Kentuckian Song
07 Love Walked In
08 Only You (And You Alone)
09 Poor Butterfly
10 Till Then
11 Time Will Tell
12 Trying
13 Wrapped in a Dream
14 Bouquets and Kisses
15 The Door Is Still Open to My Heart
16 From the Vine Came the Grape
17 I Must Be Dreamin'
18 If I Don't Care
19 Last Word Is Love
20 My Treasure
21 PS, I Love You
22 There Is No Greater Love
23 Time Waits for No One
24 To Be Alone
25 Until the Real Thing Comes Along