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Frankie Vaughan

(1928—1999) popular singer


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b. Frank Abelson, 3 February 1928, Liverpool, England, d. 17 September 1999, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England. While studying at Leeds College Of Art, Vaughan’s vocal performance at a college revue earned him a week’s trial at the Kingston Empire music hall. Warmly received, he went on to play the UK variety circuit, developing a stylish act with trademarks that included a top hat and cane, a particularly athletic side kick, and his theme song ‘Give Me The Moonlight, Give Me The Girl’ (Albert Von Tilzer - Lew Brown). His Russian-born maternal grandmother inspired his stage name by always referring to him as her ‘Number Vorn’ grandchild. After registering strongly in pre-chart days with ‘That Old Piano Roll Blues’, ‘Daddy’s Little Girl’, ‘Look At That Girl’, and ‘Hey, Joe’, during the mid-to-late 50s Vaughan was consistently in the UK Top 30 with hits such as ‘Istanbul (Not Constantinople)’, ‘Happy Days And Lonely Nights’, ‘Tweedle Dee’, ‘Seventeen’, ‘My Boy-Flat Top’, ‘Green Door’, ‘Garden Of Eden’ (number 1), ‘Man On Fire’/‘Wanderin’ Eyes’, ‘Gotta Have Something In The Bank Frank’ (with the Kaye Sisters), ‘Kisses Sweeter Than Wine’, ‘Can’t Get Along Without You’/‘We Are Not Alone’, ‘Kewpie Doll’, ‘Wonderful Things’, ‘Am I Wasting My Time On You’, ‘That’s My Doll’, ‘Come Softly To Me’ (with the Kaye Sisters), ‘The Heart Of A Man’ and ‘Walkin’ Tall’.

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From Encyclopedia of Popular Music in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Music.


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