Vaughan Mason

Real Name:
Vaughan Mason Jr
American musician and producer.
Born October 24, 1950, Harlem, New York, U.S.A.
Died April 2, 2020, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A.

He started in the disco scene, moved on to the electro style in the 80s, and is arguably most famous for the bounce sound of "Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll" as well as the house track "Break 4 Love" under his reintroduction as RAZE.

In his early years Vaughn Mason was recording, engineering, producing and managing bands when he went to Howard University in 1969. In the mid 70's he was managing and doing live sound for the band "21st Century" out of Harrisburg PA as their sound company. The group BT Express from Brooklyn New York came to Harrisburg PA riding on their hit song "DO It Till Your Satisfied". The 21st Century was hired to open up for BT Express. BT Expresses manager, King Davis asked is if Vaughan would let them use his sound system because they came with a PA that consisted of some Sam Ash columns. BT Express members loved the live sound Vaughan produced for them and hired him as their sound company. Vaughan traveled the US and Japan with BT Express. Eventually BT Express put Vaughan in their act. Columbia records executives came to the Naussau Colleseium in Long Island to see BT Express because Vaughan Mason was billed as a black Alice Cooper. Vaughan used an eight foot reticulated python in his act. Because of Vaughan BT Express got signed to Columbia Records. King Davis told Vaughan five years after the signing.

Vaughan Mason & Crew is an American funk and post-disco based group, best known for their single "Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll", which reached #5 on the US Billboard Hot Soul Singles chart in 1980, riding the crest of the roller disco wave that was popular at the time. In 1981, Vaughan Mason released the single "Jammin' Big Guitar", which charted at #65. "Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll" has since been used in various samples by The Game, De La Soul, Mr. Magic, Heavy D, and Lil Kim to name a few.

In 1979 Vaughan had an idea to write, produce and engineer a song about roller skating. According to the Wall Street Journal in the summer of 1979 they were selling 300,000 pairs of roller skates a month. Vaughan Mason called down to John Freeman a fellow recording engineer in Washington DC to request that he supply a bongo player, guitar player, lead vocalist and John to play the keyboards for the song "Bounce Rock Skate Roll" and Vaughan supplied the drummer. Vaughan had written the music and the hook while the male vocalist Jerome Bell came up with the verses. Vaughan gave the drummer a share of the writers credit even though he did not write any part of the song. After recording the record Ray Daniels vice president of Brunswick Records offered Vaughan Mason a recording deal.

There was no band just Vaughan Mason and a crew consisted of musicians he would put together when the time was right to perform on tour. Jerome Bell was the only person other than the drummer to want to go on the road when Vaughan was approached by Norby Walters Booking Agency to go on tour as the opening act for Prince and Rick James. In 1980 Vaughans' second single on Brunswick Records was the song "Roller Skate" that he wrote with Jerome Bell. The song started climbing up the Billboard Singles Chart until Billboard realized it was not a single it and it was part of an album.

Vaughan went into the studio outside of Atlantic City, New Jersey and played the drums and wrote the music and lyrics to the song "Jammin' Big Guitar." He hired musicians to learn the song and go back on tour.

Also in 1982 Vaughan Mason & Butch Dayo teamed up to deliver "You Can Do It" on Salsoul Records along with "Party On The Corner" in 1983 from the EP Feel My Love. When working with Butch Dayo the only song Vaughan Mason has ever sang on was "Feel My Love" as well as rapping on "Party On The Corner."

Vaughan’s last vinyl to be released was an unreleased song titled “When Love Has Gone” which was recorded on December 29, 1980 and finally released on City of Dreams Records and Tapes in April of 2019. The album has 4 unreleased songs with singer and long time friend Elvin Benjamin.
Vaughan worked in the entertainment industry all the way until his untimely passing. He has been performing at Old School concerts predominantly on the west cost for the past 18 years. He was managing and producing his multitalented artist Dimitri Reeves who would sing lead vocals when Vaughan would go on tour.
In Groups:


RHR 5063 Vaughan Mason - Feel My Love album art Vaughan Mason & Butch Dayo Vaughan Mason & Butch Dayo - Feel My Love (MiniAlbum) Salsoul Records RHR 5063 Netherlands 1983 Sell This Version
GSR-410669-8819CD Vaughan Mason - The Legend Goes On album art Vaughan Mason The Legend Goes On(CD, Album) Grove St. GSR-410669-8819CD US Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

RAMSH 12-3034 Vaughan Mason - Jammin Big Guitar album art Vaughan Mason Jammin Big Guitar (Single) Brunswick RAMSH 12-3034 Netherlands 1981 Sell This Version
RAMSH 12-3097 Vaughan Mason - Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll / Rocking Big Guitar album art Vaughan Mason Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll / Rocking Big Guitar (Single) Rams Horn Records RAMSH 12-3097 Netherlands 1982 Sell This Version
S7 7042 Vaughan Mason - You Can Do It album art Vaughan Mason Featuring Butch Dayo Vaughan Mason Featuring Butch Dayo - You Can Do It (Single, Maxi) Salsoul Records S7 7042 US 1982 Sell This Version
FF-102450, FF-102451 Vaughan Mason - Breakers Anthem / Electric Body album art Vaughan Mason & Krush (5) Vaughan Mason & Krush (5) - Breakers Anthem / Electric Body Funky Feet Records, Funky Feet Records FF-102450, FF-102451 US 1983 Sell This Version
XB 2461 Vaughan Mason - Party On The Corner album art Vaughan Mason & Butch Dayo Vaughan Mason & Butch Dayo - Party On The Corner (Single, Maxi) Salsoul Records XB 2461 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
RHR 3551 Vaughan Mason - You Can Do It / Party On The Corner album art Vaughan Mason & Butch Dayo Vaughan Mason & Butch Dayo - You Can Do It / Party On The Corner Rams Horn Records RHR 3551 Netherlands 1986 Sell This Version
D-LP-1033 Vaughan Mason - In The House album art Vaugham Mason* In The House(12", Mixed) Grind D-LP-1033 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
RHR 3736 Vaughan Mason - Feel My Love album art Vaughan Mason & Butch Dayo Vaughan Mason & Butch Dayo - Feel My Love(12") Rams Horn Records RHR 3736 Netherlands 1988 Sell This Version
158 511-1 Vaughan Mason - Funky Collector Part 4 album art Vaughan Mason / One Way Vaughan Mason / One Way - Funky Collector Part 4(12") Black Station 158 511-1 France 2000 Sell This Version
none Vaughan Mason - When Love Has Gone album art Ben Epps & Vaughan Mason Ben Epps & Vaughan Mason - When Love Has Gone(Acetate, 12", S/Sided) Sunshine Sound none US Unknown Sell This Version