Born in Collingswood, New Jersey, Vaughn’s interest in music began at age 6 when his uncle gave him a Duane Eddy record. The Ben Vaughn Combo released two albums and toured the US from 1983 to 1988. Vaughn then had a solo career, 1988 to 1994, recording four albums and touring Europe and the United States. As a musician, he is perhaps best known for his “Rambler ‘65” album that was recorded entirely in his car.
As a producer, Vaughn made albums for artists such as Charlie Feathers and Los Straightjackets. He also collaborated with Alan Vega and Alex Chilton and contributed a cover, “Paradise” to an Alex Chilton tribute album released by Munster Records based in Madrid, Spain.
In 1996, Vaughn produced Ween’s cult classic ten track exploration of country music - 12 Golden Country Greats. Musically, 12 Golden Country Greats was, more or less, classic country sounds. Ween and Vaughn went so far as to enlist the services of veteran Nashville session musicians. However, while even the vocal performances where an exquisite mimic of country singing, the album’s lyrics were decidedly twisted.
Vaughn also re-recorded “I Found Her Telephone Number Written on the Boy’s Bathroom Wall” for the Mad Magazine-inspired song compilation “Mad Grooves”.
Now living in California, Vaughn works in film and television. Notable for his work on “That ’70s Show”, “3rd Rock from the Sun”, “Black Mask” and “Psycho Beach Party”. “That 70s Show” has another Alex Chilton connection, with the title song being a re-worked version of “In The Street”, a Big Star song.
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