Nancy Lee and the Hilltoppers

Nancy Lee and the Hilltoppers enjoyed a long career at the WOWO radio station in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, where they first appeared on “The Hoosier Hop” in 1945 and went on to be featured on the “Little Red Barn” for more than forty years. The group comprised Nancy Lee (guitar), her husband Sam DeVincent (accordion), Roy Hansen (bass), and Jack Carman (violin). They drew much of their content from DeVincent’s expansive sheet music collection, which is now housed in the Archives Center at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History.

Don't Tetch It

Vogue R744-P53 (rec. 1946)


This lighthearted song describes a child’s desire to play with his grandfather’s hat and his grandmother’s ongoing attempts to prevent him from doing so.

Flat River, Missouri
Vogue R744-P56 (rec. 1946)


Judy & Jen were a sister duet featured on Fort Wayne’s WOWO radio station.  Here they are accompanied by the Hilltoppers in a love song about an unnamed man's forlorn state after Minnie Lou leaves him in the small town of Flat River to explore life in a bigger city.

The Hilltoppers