This artist came along as a replacement singer during the lifespan of the Crickets, a doo wop vocal group from the Morrisania section of the Bronx that should not be confused with Buddy Holly's backup outfit. William Lindsay's best-known lead vocal was on the song "Angel," cut for the Onyx label by the final spinoff from the group, the Montereys. Even with angelic guidance, Lindsay had a tough row to hoe following in the footsteps of the extremely popular lead vocalist from the Crickets, Dean Barlow. Barlow began singing with the earliest versions of this group in 1951 at community centers; by the end of the next year, the Crickets had begun making records. Lindsay became involved in 1953 after the group's producer had talked Barlow into going solo, yet still wanted to keep the popular group going as well.
Considered the second version of the Crickets, the group with Lindsay tried to stroll onto the hit parade wearing records such as "My Little Baby's Shoes," but it was no go. Lindsay was soon left behind by departing Crickets, becoming involved in a third version of the group with the addition of new bass and baritone singers. "Never Give Up Hope" was one the tracks cut by this group in early 1954, perhaps expressing a precise career philosophy. Lindsay certainly had hopes for the Bachelors, a new group he went into alongside Barlow which, because of their presence, is obviously part of the Crickets lineage. Another of the Bachelors, tenor Waldo Champen, has credits in at least a half dozen vocal groups. The Montereys evolved out of the Bachelors, both groups only recording a few songs each. Lindsay went on to perform in revival versions of a number of other groups, among them the Cadillacs, Starlings, and Twilighters.