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They sang barbershop harmony at the Goal Posts, the campus candy store and hangout. What turned the barbershop banter into serious singing was Jimmy's association with a piano player in the Ace Dining band, Billy Vaughn. The college was located in Bowling Green where Ace's band played, and Jimmy would occasionally sit in.(Ace, by the way, was the brother of Lou, Ginger and Jean, the Dinning Sisters of Chicago whose 1948 million seller "Butons and Bows" helped keep girl groups visible in the 1940's)
In the spring of 1952 Billy wrote a song he felt would be terrific for Jimmy's voice called "Trying" but wanted a group to sing it with him. Now the college barbershop boys had a purpose and a fourth member since 30-year old Vaugn turned out to be the baritone they were missing.
On a Satruday in April the campus cutup cut a session in Van Meter Auditorium on the school grounds. Vaughn then took the ballad to local disc jockey Bill Stamps at WLBJ, who programmed it and received enough phone call response to watrrant sending it on to his old boss Randy Wood at Dot Records in Gallatin, Tennessee. Wood liked the group so much he shufled of to Bowling Green to sign the boys. The no-name group ...