James Sacca Jr.
Funeral Time: Wednesday, March 11th at 12:30PM
James William Sacca, Jr., 85 of Lexington, KY died March 7th, 2015 surrounded by his family. Born July 26, 1929 in Lockport, NY to the late James and Susan Sacca, Jimmy's athletic talent led to a football scholarship at Western Kentucky University. While at WKU he found his life's passion as the lead singer of the vocal group The Hilltoppers and his life’s love, Annie Rivers Holloway, to whom he was married for more than 62 years. Jimmy’s legacy is hallmarked by three devoted sons, Jimmy (Janice), Terry (Michele), and Tommy (Elizabeth); along with 12 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Elma Scapelliti and a host of nieces and nephews. Jimmy's college career was cut short when he was drafted into the United States Army; he honorably served his country in Okinawa, Japan. Returning home, he toured the world with The Hilltoppers singing their top 10 hits "Trying", "Marianne," "I'd Rather Die Young" and their biggest selling hit, "P.S. I Love You," which received a Gold Disc. They would appear on the Ed Sullivan Show, Perry Como Show, American Bandstand and Patti Paige Show to name a few. Jimmy received multiple awards throughout his career including the 1954 WNEW popularity pole voted “Americas Favorite Vocal Group,” as well as induction into the National Vocal Group Hall of Fame and Kentucky Music Hall of Fame. He was a proud Kentucky Colonel, enjoyed time with his family, horse racing, and he continued pursuing his passion for music throughout his life by helping young groups strive for their dreams in the world of music.
Expressions of sympathy can be made to the Jimmy Sacca lead singer of The Hilltoppers Music Scholarship Fund in the College Heights Foundation at Western Kentucky University. The address is: College Heights Foundation, Western Kentucky University, 1906 College Heights Boulevard, Bowling Green, KY 42101. Visitation will be held at Kerr Brothers at 3421 Harrodsburg Road on Wednesday, March 11, beginning at 10:30 am. Funeral Service commencing at 12:30 pm Wednesday with interment following at Bluegrass Memorial Gardens.