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Date of Birth 3 February 1928Liverpool, England, UK
Date of Death 17 September 1999Buckinghamshire, England, UK  (heart ailment)
Birth NameFrank Abelson
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

He was a British pop singing star with Top 10, hits including "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine" and "Green Door". He studied at Leeds College of Art, but switched to show business after his audition succeeded and led to week's work in music hall. He went on to stardom as "Mr. Moonlight" in English variety-show world, based on his hit tune, "Give me the Moonlight". He is famous for his formal tails/top hat outfit, starred in cabaret shows in New York and Las Vegas, too. He also starred in British stage production of the musical "42nd Street". He was awarded O.B.E. (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1965 Queen's Honours List and the C.B.E. (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1997 Queen's Honours List for his services to drama. His most famous film moment is performing musical number with Marilyn Monroe in Let's Make Love (1960).

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Spouse (1)

Stella Shock (1950 - 17 September 1999) (his death) (3 children)

Trivia (10)

He is a singer and dancer who performed in cabarets and legitimate theater.
He was awarded an O.B.E. (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1965 Queen's Honours List and a C.B.E. (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1997 Queen's Honours List for his services to drama.
He was closely associated with the song "Give Me the Moonlight, Give Me the Girl," an old song which he discovered in a Glasgow music shop in 1954. He first sang it on stage wearing a top hat hired from an undertaker, and it became his signature tune.
The story goes that his change of name from Frank Abelson to Frankie Vaughan came about when he announced to his Russian grandmother that he intended to be a singer, and she told him, "Vell," she said, "then you vill be the best von there ever vas."
Initially trained for a career in commercial art, he won a scholarship to the Lancaster College of Art, then studied at Leeds College of Art where he gained his Art Teacher's Diploma in 1950.
He was the son of a Russian-Jewish upholsterer who lived in a poor area of Liverpool.
Devoted to his wife and children, he decided not to pursue a Hollywood career after his experiences on Let's Make Love (1960). He said subsequently that he never regretted his decision for a second.
He was appointed Deputy Lord-Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire in 1993.
Played football for Wingate F.C.
Wrote the song Honey Bun Baby which he sung in the film The Lady is a Square.

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