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Frankie Vaughan

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Frankie Vaughan, CBE (3 February 1928-17 May 1999) was a singer of traditional pop music in the United Kingdom.

He was born Frank Abelson to a Jewish family in Liverpool, England. The name Vaughan came from a grandmother whose first grandson he was, who used to call Frank “my number one” grandson, in whose Russian accent “one” sounded like “Vaughan.”

In his early life, he was a member of the Lancaster Lads Club, a member group of the National Association of Boys’ Clubs in the UK, and in his career he was a major contributor to the clubs, dedicating his monetary compensation from one song each year to them. He started out at the club intending to be a boxer. Then at age 14 he received a scholarship to the Lancaster College of Art, where he sang in the dance band. After a stint in the Royal Army Medical Corps in World War II (where he spent most of his time boxing) he returned to art school, this time at the Leeds College of Art.

When he won a prize to design a furniture exhibition stand, he left for London, where he won second prize on a radio talent show.

Frankie’s career began in the late 1940s in the theatre doing variety song and dance acts. He was known as a fancy dresser, wearing top hat, bow tie, tails, and cane. In the 1950s he began making records, and was very popular in the UK. In 1955, he recorded what was to become his trademark song, “Give Me the Moonlight, Give Me the Girl.”

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  • MusDep

    love songs with Marilyn Monroe (Let`s make love, Specialization , Incurably Romantic) I love Frankie ♥ He`s amazing!!!

    19 Sep 2010 Reply
  • royfordhamcairn

    True vaudeville showman, great natural entertanier, strong happy voice. His rendition of Give me the moonlight gives me the opportunity of giving pleasure to many senior citizens in nursing homes these days. Its only my version of course, but if our little group of volunteer entertainers can bring a smile to a lot of faces, what more could we ask.

    12 Sep 2010 Reply
  • michelle_lousy

    great voice. the best song with Marilyn Monroe - Let's Make Love

    8 May 2009 Reply

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