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Frankie Vaughan - Rock A Chicka / Kewpie Doll

14 February 2012





Frankie Vaughan, CBE, DL (3 February 1928 – 17 September 1999 was an English singer of traditional pop music, who issued more than 80 recordings in his lifetime. He was known as "Mr. Moonlight" after one of his early hits. He sang the traditional hymn, "Abide With Me", at the 1973 FA Cup Final, won by Sunderland. He continued performing until 1985, when he starred in a stage version of 42nd Street at Drury Lane in London, opposite his old friend Shani Wallis who appeared in their first film together, Ramsbottom Rides Again with Arthur Askey. After a year, he suffered a near fatal bout of peritonitis and had to leave the cast. According to the BBC obituary, Vaughan was married to Stella from 1951 to 1999 and they had three children and several grandchildren. He was created an OBE in 1965, a CBE in 1996, and as a resident of High Wycombe had been a Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Buckinghamshire since 1993. He was an Honorary Fellow of Liverpool John Moores University. He died from heart failure in Oxford in 1999, aged 71. The Frankie Vaughan Archive, consisting of sheet music, scores, orchestral and band parts, was donated to Liverpool John Moores University by his widow, Stella Vaughan, in the summer of 2000.

Frankie Vaughan
Background information
Birth nameFrank Abelson
Born3 February 1928
LiverpoolEngland
Died17 September 1999 (aged 71)
OxfordOxfordshire, England
GenresEasy listening
Traditional popular music
OccupationsSinger
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1940s–1985
LabelsHMVPhilipsColumbiaPye

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