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Frankie Vaughan

Frankie Vaughan was born Frank Abelson on the 3rd of February 1928 in Liverpool. The son of Jewish immigrants, he took the stage name Vaughan from his grandmother whose Russian accent pronouncing the endearment "my little one" sounded like Vaughan. As a child, he was a member of the National Association of Boys' Clubs which he continued to patronise later in life, donating money throughout his life. At the age of 14 he won a scholarship to the Lancaster College of Art and began singing with a dance band although he originally thought of becoming a boxer, indeed much of his army life during World War II was spent boxing in the Royal Army Medical Corps.

After the war, he returned to the Leeds College of Art where he won a prize to design a furniture exhibition stand. Travelling down to London, he entered a radio talent show which was the start of his long career in entertainment. Beginning in theatres in variety song and dance acts, always dressing immaculately in a top hat, tails and carrying a cane, the ultimate image of a gentleman, he sang for a while with the Nat Temple Band before signing a solo contract with Philips Records. His first few hits were all covers of American hits, "Istanbul", "Happy Days and Lonely Nights", "Tweedledee" and "Seventeen", all of which reached the top 20, and the song that became his trademark, "Give Me the Moonlight", always sung with the broadest of grins and high kicking at the end of each line was not a sales hit, but he would have to wait until the end of 1956 for his first really big hits when his version of "Green Door" hit no.2 and the follow up "The Garden Of Eden" in January 1957 became his first no.1. 1957 was a good year for Vaughan with several more hits, "Man On Fire", "Wanderin Eyes", "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine" and a collaboration with The Kaye Sisters, "Gotta Have Something in the Bank Frank".

He was one of the traditional singers not affected by the coming of Rock n Roll and continued to enjoy hit singles throughout the remainder of the 1950s, culminating in a second chart topper, Tower Of Strength in 1961. His first chart album was the live recording of Frankie Vaughan At The London Palladium in 1959 and although during the 1960s he concentrated on other projects than show-business, he continued to enjoy hit records, including There Must Be A Way, a top 10 hit in 1967 during the summer of love. Those other projects included becoming involved with delinquent youths in Easterhouse, a housing estate on the outskirts of Glasgow. He was awarded the OBE in 1965 and continued performing, mainly in theatre work until 1985 when after appearing at a Drury Lane production of 42nd Street, before suffering a near fatal bout of peritonitis. Never totally retiring, he was awarded a CBE in 1996 but three years later, underwent major heart surgery and died several months later on the 17th September 1999. ~ Sharon Mawer
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Selected Discography

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Track List: 1955 British Hit Parade: Britain's Greatest Hits Volume 4

Disc 1

1. Mr Sandman

2. Rock Around The Clock

3. Count Your Blessings

4. Happy Days And Lonely Nights

5. Give Me Your Word

6. Mr Sandman

7. Softly Softly

8. Happy Days & Lonely Nights

9. The Naughty Lady Of Shady Lane

10. Drink Drink Drink

11. Mambo Italiano

12. Happy Days And Lonely Nights

13. Let Me Go Lover

14. Beyond The Stars

15. The Naughty Lady Of Shady Lane

16. Mobile

17. Lonely Ballerina

19. Let Me Go Lover

20. Majorca

21. I'll Walk With God

22. A Blossom Fell

23. Let Me Go Lover

24. Somebody

25. Sincerely

Disc 2

1. Let Me Go Lover

2. A Blossom Fell

3. Tomorrow

4. In The Beginning

5. Wedding Bells

6. If Anyone Finds This I Love You

7. Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White

8. Prize Of Gold

9. Under The Bridges Of Paris

10. Stranger In Paradise

11. No More

12. Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White

13. Ready Willing And Able

15. Under The Bridges Of Paris

16. Stranger In Paradise

17. Mambo Rock

18. Earth Angel

19. Stranger In Paradise

20. Tweedle Dee

21. Serenade

22. Melody Of Love

25. Dreamboat

Disc 3

1. Tweedle Dee

2. Stranger In Paradise

3. Unchained Melody

5. Paths Of Paradise

6. Stranger In Paradise

7. Elephant's Tango

8. Mama

10. Stranger In Paradise

11. I Wonder

13. Crazy Otto Rag

14. You My Love

15. The Man That Got Away

16. I Wonder

17. Unchained Melody

18. Cool Water

19. Stowaway

20. Evermore

21. Everyday Of My Life

22. Don't Worry

23. Ev'rywhere

24. Rose Marie

25. Sincerely

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Track List: Capital Gold Fifties Legends

Disc 1

1. Jailhouse Rock

2. Rave On

3. Wake Up Little Susie

4. Lost John

5. Singing The Blues

6. Living Doll

7. The Story Of My Life

8. It's Late

9. Oh Carol

10. What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For

11. Stupid Cupid

12. Yakety Yak

13. Witch Doctor

14. Hoots Mon

15. See You Later Alligator

16. Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On

17. Ooby Dooby

18. Good Golly Miss Molly

19. C'mon Everybody

20. At The Hop

21. Move It

22. Don't You Rock Me Daddy-O

23. Please Don't Touch

24. All Shook Up

25. Be Bop A Lula

26. Willie And The Hand Jive

27. Why Do Fools Fall In Love

28. Sweet Little Sixteen

29. Endless Sleep

30. I Walk The Line

31. Blueberry Hill

32. What I'd Say

Disc 2

1. Dream Lover

2. Magic Moments

3. Whatever Will Be, Will Be

4. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

5. Just Walkin' In The Rain

6. Kiss Me Honey Honey

7. Green Door

9. Rawhide

10. This Ole House

11. When

12. Seven Little Girls Sitting In The Back Seat

13. Feet Up (Pat Him On The Po Po)

15. That's Amore

16. Three Coins In The Fountain

17. Rock And Roll Waltz

18. Sixteen Tons

19. Day-O (Banana Boat Song)

20. Mr. Sandman

21. Dreamboat

22. Rockin' Robin

23. A White Sport Coat (And A Pink Carnation)

24. What Do You Want

25. Only Sixteen

26. Kisses Sweeter Than Wine

27. Butterfly

28. Big Man

29. All I Have To Do Is Dream

30. Travellin' Light

31. Smile

32. It's Only Make Believe

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Track List: Joe Meek: Portrait Of A Genius - The RGM Legacy

Disc 1

2. Yellow Rose Of Texas

3. The Next Train Out Of Town

4. It Feels So Good

5. Robin Hood

6. No Other Love

7. Bad Penny Blues

8. Lullabye

9. Lay Down Your Arms

11. Green Door

12. Petite Fleur

13. Don't You Rock Me Daddy-O

14. Garden Of Eden

15. Rock And Roll King Cole

16. Putting On The Style

17. Last Train To San Fernando

18. Sizzling Hot

21. A House A Car And A Wedding Ring

23. Rock Around The Mailbag

24. Blackout

25. Sea Of Love

26. Mr. Blue

27. What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For

Disc 2

4. Just Too Late

6. Heart Of A Teenage Girl

7. Angela Jones

9. My Baby Doll

10. Once Upon A Time

11. My Baby's Gone Away

14. Johnny Remember Me

15. Sweet Little Sixteen

18. The Outlaws

20. Husky Team

22. Tune For Short Cowboys

24. Crazy Man Crazy

Disc 3

2. Telstar

4. Telstar

11. Globetrotter

16. A Fool In Love

20. Just Like Eddie

24. Sky Men

27. Please Let It Happen To Me

Disc 4

8. Have I The Right

15. Little Baby

17. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right

23. Movin' In

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Track List: Saint-Germain-Des-Pres Cafe: The Must-Have Cool Tempo Selection By Bart & Baker

Disc 1

1. Slippin

2. Crazy

3. With You In My Bed

4. American Boy

5. Anything New

7. Milk & Honey

8. Rise In The Sun

9. The Book

10. I Was Born To Love

11. Move It On

12. Istanbul (Not Constantinople)

15. Like Water

16. Basement L.O.V.E

17. Do We Need

19. I

Disc 2

3. St Thomas

4. Solid As A Rock

5. Joshua Fit The Battle Of Jericho

7. Four Or Five Times

9. Come On Back Jack

14. Boogie Stop Shuffle

16. Tweedle Dee

17. Peek-A-Boo

18. Keep That Coffee Hot

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Track List: Twangy Guitars, Reverb And Heavenly Choirs: The RGM Sound

Disc 1

1. Burn My Candle

2. Lost John

5. Lay Down Your Arms

6. Green Door

7. Garden Of Eden

8. Don't You Rock Me Daddy-O

9. Petite Fleur

10. Puttin On The Style

11. Last Train To San Fernando

12. Wild Eyes And Tender Lips

14. The Story Of My Life

15. A House, A Car, And A Wedding Ring

16. Venus

17. Where Do I Go From Here?

18. Hold Back Tomorrow

20. One More Sunrise (Morgen)

21. Sea Of Love

22. Mr Blue

23. What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For?

24. Summer Set

25. Bad Boy

26. Be Mine

27. The Point Of No Return

28. Green Jeans

Disc 2

1. Angela Jones

2. Tell Laura I Love Her

3. Sunday Date

5. Along Came Caroline

6. Can't You Hear My Heart

10. My Baby Doll

11. Teenage Love

12. Swingin Low

14. Ambush

15. You Got What I Like

17. Johnny Remember Me

18. Sweet Little Sixteen

19. Tribute To Buddy Holly

20. Night Of The Vampire

21. Wild Wind

22. Valley Of The Sioux

25. When I Get Paid

26. Oh Lover

28. Husky Team

29. Til The Following Night

30. Son This Is She

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