Wilde World: Frankie Vaughan

Kim Wilde’s first records were written and produced by her father and brother, Marty and Ricky. The three of them have had a great influence on the music world, as this regular series ‘Wilde World’ shows.

This week’s song comes from 1959, when the music world was very different from today. People still bought vinyl singles, and they listened to bigband-inspired songs. Rock ‘n’ roll existed, of course, but there was just as much space for music that would be deemed ‘for the old folk’ nowadays. Frankie Vaughan’s career actually began in the late 1940s, performing song and dance routines. He was known as a fancy dresser, wearing top hat, bow tie, tails, and cane. In the 1950s he worked for a few years with the band of Nat Temple, and after that period he then began making records under his own name. In 1955, he recorded what was to become his trademark song, ‘Give me the moonlight, give me the girl’. He recorded over 80 singles in his lifetime.

One of his singles, released in 1959 was ‘The same old way’, which like most of his singles after 1958 didn’t become a hit. For Wilde fans, however, this is an interesting one since it features a B-side written by Marty Wilde and Ronnie Scott. ‘You can’t stop me dancing’ won’t be a very familiar song to many, but it is happy and bouncy, and quite different from the rock ‘n’ roll Marty was recording at that time. Vaughan went on to make a film with Marilyn Monroe (‘Let’s make love’ in 1960) and continued to perform until 1985. He died from heart failure in Oxford in 1999.

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