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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: Sometimes

1. Sometimes , Somewhere

2. Give Me the Moonlight

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Track List: Enchanted

1. Can't Smile Without You

2. Give Me The Moonlight

3. Hello Dolly

4. I Get A Kick Out Of You

5. I Just Called To Say I Love You

6. It's All In The Game

7. Kisses Sweeter Than Wine

8. Mona Lisa

9. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

10. Some Enchanted Evening

11. Sometimes When We Touch

12. The Party's Over

13. The Sunshine Of Your Smile

14. The Way We Were

15. When I Fall In Love

16. Young At Heart

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Track List: Greatest Moments

1. Seventeen

2. Something's Gotta Give

3. Kisses Sweeter Than Wine

4. Wanderin' Eyes

5. Garden Of Eden

6. Come Softly To Me

7. Wonderful Things

8. Ain't Gonna Lead This Life No More

9. That's How A Love Song Was Born

10. Do It Again

11. Walkin' Tall

12. Say Something Sweet To Your Sweetheart

13. Happy Days & Lonely Nights

14. If You Ever Fall In Love

15. Sometimes Somewhere

16. Green Door

17. The Heart Of A Man

18. Am I Wasting My Time On You

19. Honey Bunny Babe

20. Isn't This A Lovely Evening

21. The Old Piano Roll Blues

22. Gotta Have Something In The Bank, Frank

23. My Sweetie Went Away

24. So Happy In Love

25. Big Deal

26. Can't Get Along Without You

27. Tweedle Dee

28. Give Me The Moonlight, Give Me The Girl

29. This Is The Night

30. Priscilla

31. So Many Women

32. My Boy Flat Top

33. Look At That Girl

34. Meet Me On The Corner

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Track List: The Frankie Vaughan Collection

1. Lullaby Of Broadway

2. Cabaret

3. Some Enchanted Evening

4. 42nd Street

5. Give My Regards To Broadway

6. Thank Heaven For Little Girls

7. Hello Dolly

8. If You Were The Only Girl In The World

10. It Takes A Woman

11. When I Fall In Love

12. A Woman In Love

13. It's All In The Game

14. The Way We Were

15. Begin The Beguine

16. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

17. I Can't Fake It Anymore

18. Garden Of Eden

19. I'm A Fool To Want You

20. Ring A Ring A Roses

21. Hello

22. Stella By Starlight

23. Sometimes When We Touch

24. I Just Called To Say I Love You

26. The Party's Over

27. I Get A Kick Out Of You

28. If I Were A Rich Man

29. There's No Business Like Show Business

30. Mame

31. Singin' In The Rain

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Track List: The Best Of The EMI Years

1. There Must Be a Way

2. You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You

3. My Sweetie Went Away

4. Look At That Girl

5. Hey Joe

6. Istanbul

7. Heartless

8. From The Vine Came The Grape

10. My Son, My Son

11. Happy Days And Lonely Nights

12. So Tired

13. There! I've Said It Again

14. Too Marvellous For Words

15. Nevertheless (I'm In Love With You)

16. Girl Talk

17. Mame

18. If I Had My Way

19. Red Roses For A Blue Lady

20. Games That Lovers Play

21. The More I See You

22. With These Hands

23. The Good Old Bad Old Days

24. Unchained Melody

25. The Best Is Yet To Come

26. The Second Time Around

27. Music To Watch Girls By

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