Frankie Vaughan

Frankie Vaughan

English singer
Date of Birth: 03.02.1928
Country: Great Britain

Biography of Frank Voan

Frank Voan was an English singer who released over 80 albums throughout his life. He was known among his fans as 'Mr. Moonlight' due to one of his early hits. Voan was born as Frank Abelson in a Jewish family in Liverpool, England. He received the surname 'Voan' from his grandmother, who called him the 'first of the grandsons' which sounded like 'Voan' due to her strong Russian accent.

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During his youth, Voan was a member of the 'Lancaster Lads Club', a division of the National Association of Boys' Clubs, which played a significant role in his professional development. During World War II, he was evacuated to Lancaster. Initially, Voan dreamed of becoming a professional boxer while being a member of the 'Lancaster Lads Club'. However, he later received a scholarship to the Lancaster College of Art, where he pursued singing and performed with the local dance group.

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After serving in the Royal Army Medical Corps during the war, Voan continued his education at Leeds College of Art. He won a prize for his original furniture design at an exhibition, which led him to move to London. There, he achieved second place in a talent competition on local radio. In the late 1940s, Voan began his professional career, initially performing in vaudeville and dance shows. He became known to audiences for his signature attire, including a top hat, bowtie, tails, and cane.

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In the 1950s, Voan worked briefly with the group 'Nat Temple' before starting his successful solo career, quickly gaining popularity throughout the United Kingdom. His breakthrough hit came in 1955 with "Give Me the Moonlight, Give Me the Girl". Voan's repertoire included numerous covers of popular US songs, such as Perry Como's "Kewpie Doll," Jimmie Rodgers' "Kisses Sweeter than Wine," Boyd Bennett's "Seventeen," Jim Lowe's "The Green Door," and the Fleetwoods' "Come Softly to Me." These covers predominantly gained popularity in the UK, with "The Green Door" reaching the top spot on the singles chart in early 1957.

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In the 1960s, Voan relocated to the United States after being invited to appear in the film "Let's Make Love" alongside Marilyn Monroe. He went on to appear in several American films, but these endeavors did not contribute significantly to his music career in the US. Voan's interests extended beyond music as he actively engaged in social activities. In the 1960s, he worked on youth-related issues in the Easterhouse district near Glasgow, attracting substantial investments to the area.

Voan continued to perform until 1985 when he played the lead role in the theater production of "42nd Street" at Drury Lane in London, alongside his old friend Shani Wallis. However, a year later, he had to leave acting due to severe health problems, narrowly surviving peritonitis. Voan passed away in 1999 at the age of 71 due to heart failure.

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