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Billy Vaughn And His Orchestra

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Billy Vaughn was one of the most popular orchestra leaders and pop music arrangers of the ’50s and early ’60s. In fact, he had more pop hits than any other orchestra leader during the rock & roll era. Vaughn was also the musical director for many of the hitmakers on Dot Records, including Pat Boone, the Fontane Sisters, and Gale Storm. As a pop music arranger, his most distinctive feature was his clean, nonoffensive mainstream adaptations of rock & roll and R&B hits. Vaughn was also a recording artist, and he cut a number of albums of easy listening, instrumental music that were very popular throughout the ’60s.

Vaughn began his professional music career in 1952, forming the vocal quartet the Hilltoppers with Don McGuire, Jimmy Sacca, and Seymour Speigelman. From 1952 to 1957, the Hilltoppers had numerous hit singles, beginning with Vaughn’s song “Trying.” He left the group in 1955 to join Dot Records as a musical director.

Vaughn was responsible for most of Dot’s biggest hits of the ’50s as he rearranged popular rock & roll and R&B songs for white, mainstream groups. His first success was with the Fontane Sisters, who sang with his orchestra on all their singles, including their 1954 breakthrough hit “Hearts of Stone.” However, Dot’s biggest success was Pat Boone, who had a series of hits with Vaughn’s cleaned-up arrangements of rock & roll songs.

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  • Lesscities

    I love this instrumental stuff of 50 ies...Very nice...

    24 Apr 2009 Reply

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