Ho!Ho!Ho! Happy Christmas ~ It may not seem super xmassy ~ we did listen to like a dozen proper xmas records on the bog week and day ~ I thought I’d try to sneak in a few more before the project 365 is over!! Wow, almost over. This is a 1962 Greatest Hits, jazz album by Billy Vaughn. There is actually another hits by Billy snuck in this cover too! cool.
He was born in Glasgow, Kentucky, where his father was a barber who loved music and inspired Billy to teach himself to play the mandolin at age of three, while suffering from measles. He went on to learn a number of other instruments.
In 1941 Vaughn joined the United States National Guard for what had been planned as a one-year assignment, but when World War II broke out, he was sent abroad till the war ended in 1945. He decided to make music a career when he was discharged from the army at the end of the war, and attended Western Kentucky State College, now known as Western Kentucky University, majoring in music composition. He had apparently learned barbering from his father, because he did some while studying at Western Kentucky to support himself financially, when he was not able to get jobs playing the piano at local night clubs and lounges. While he was a student there, three other students, Jimmy Sacca, Donald McGuire, and Seymour Spiegelman, who had formed a vocal trio, The Hilltoppers, recruited Vaughn to play the piano with them. He soon added his voice to theirs, converting the trio to a quartet. As a member of the group, he also wrote their first hit song, “Trying,” which charted in 1952.
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