Billy Vaughn

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Richard Vaughn
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Born: 12 April 1919, Glasgow, Kentucky, USA.
Died: 26 September 1991, Escondido, California, USA.

"Billy" Vaughn was a singer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, arranger, conductor, choral and orchestral leader.

Vaughn was known as "Billy" from a very early age and began his musical career as a pianist in the Western Kentucky student group The Hilltoppers, who took their name from the local college basketball team. Vaughn was the songwriter of the foursome, performing along with lead singer Jimmy Sacca and harmonizers Donald McGuire and Seymour Spiegelman.

After recording a song, "Trying", that had some regional airplay success it got to the attention of Randy Wood who signed the quartet to Dot Records and re-recorded the song in 1952 (Dot 15018). This single was a slow mover but, after an appearance on US TV's Ed Sullivan Show, it eventually peaked at #7 on the national pop charts. The group had a subsequent success with "P.S. I Love You" that climbed to #4 in the charts in 1953.

Vaughn left the group in 1954 to pursue a career in orchestral arrangement, working as the musical director for Dot Records in Tennessee and as the leader of an orchestra which provided backing for a host of vocal acts over the years, such as the Fontane Sisters, Gale Storm, Nick Todd and Pat Boone. Billy Vaughn And His Orchestra also released a number of recordings in their own right, mostly covering popular chart hits. In 1965 Vaughn's orchestra did a number of successful sell-out tours, encompassing Brazil, Korea and Japan. Vaughn died aged 72 of mesothelioma in 1991 at Palomar Hospital, Escondido, California.
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Billy Vaughn - Billy Vaughn Plays album art Billy Vaughn Billy Vaughn Plays (Album) Dot Records Canada 1958 Sell This Version
Billy Vaughn - Billy Vaughn Plays The Million Sellers album art Billy Vaughn Billy Vaughn Plays The Million Sellers (Album) Dot Records Canada 1958 Sell This Version
Billy Vaughn - Sail Along Silv'ry Moon album art Billy Vaughn Sail Along Silv'ry Moon (Album) Dot Records Australia 1958 Sell This Version
Billy Vaughn - Blue Hawaii album art Billy Vaughn Blue Hawaii (Album) Dot Records US 1959 Sell This Version
Billy Vaughn - Billy Vaughn Plays Stephen Foster album art Billy Vaughn Billy Vaughn Plays Stephen Foster (Album) Dot Records, Dot Records US 1959 Sell This Version
Billy Vaughn - Linger Awhile album art Billy Vaughn Linger Awhile (Album) Dot Records US 1960 Sell This Version
Billy Vaughn - Olhando Estrêlas album art Billy Vaughn Olhando Estrêlas (Album) RGE Dot Mexico 1960 Sell This Version
Billy Vaughn - Sukiyaka album art Billy Vaughn Sukiyaka Dot Records Canada 1961 Sell This Version
Billy Vaughn - Golden Waltzes album art Billy Vaughn Golden Waltzes (Album) Dot Records Japan 1961 Sell This Version
Billy Vaughn - Greatest String Band Hits album art Billy Vaughn Greatest String Band Hits (Album) Dot Records, Dot Records UK 1961 Sell This Version
Billy Vaughn - The Shifting Whispering Sands album art Billy Vaughn The Shifting Whispering Sands (Album) Dot Records US 1962 Sell This Version
Billy Vaughn - 1962's Greatest Hits album art Billy Vaughn 1962's Greatest Hits (Album) Dot Records UK 1962 Sell This Version
Billy Vaughn - Number 1 Hits, Vol. 1 album art Billy Vaughn Number 1 Hits, Vol. 1 Dot Records US 1963 Sell This Version
Billy Vaughn - Greatest Boogie Woogie Hits album art Billy Vaughn Greatest Boogie Woogie Hits (Album, Comp) Dot Records New Zealand 1964 Sell This Version
Billy Vaughn - Forever album art Billy Vaughn Forever (Album) Dot Records US 1964 Sell This Version
Billy Vaughn - Pearly Shells album art Billy Vaughn Pearly Shells (Album) Dot Records, Dot Records US 1964 Sell This Version
Billy Vaughn - Another Hit Album! album art Billy Vaughn Another Hit Album! (Album) Dot Records US 1964 Sell This Version
Billy Vaughn - Blue Velvet & 1963's Great Hits album art Billy Vaughn Blue Velvet & 1963's Great Hits (Album) Dot Records US 1964 Sell This Version
Billy Vaughn - Mexican Pearls album art Billy Vaughn Mexican Pearls (Album) DOT Records, DOT Records US 1965 Sell This Version
Billy Vaughn - Moon Over Naples album art Billy Vaughn Moon Over Naples (Album) Dot Records US 1965 Sell This Version
Billy Vaughn - A Strauss Waltz Concert album art Billy Vaughn A Strauss Waltz Concert (Album) Hamilton Canada 1965 Sell This Version
Billy Vaughn - 12 Golden Hits From Latin America album art Billy Vaughn 12 Golden Hits From Latin America (Album) Dot Records, Dot Records US 1965 Sell This Version
Billy Vaughn - Michelle album art Billy Vaughn Michelle (Album) Dot Records, Dot Records US 1966 Sell This Version
Billy Vaughn - Great Country Hits album art Billy Vaughn Great Country Hits (Album) Dot Records UK 1966 Sell This Version
Billy Vaughn - Alfie album art Billy Vaughn Alfie (Album) Dot Records, Dot Records Canada 1966 Sell This Version

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