Billy Vaughn

Billy Vaughn

Real Name:
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 Discography

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Billy Vaughn The Golden Instrumentals (Album) Dot Records Canada 1957 Sell This Version
Billy Vaughn Billy Vaughn Plays (Album) Dot Records Canada 1958 Sell This Version
Billy Vaughn Billy Vaughn Plays The Million Sellers (Album) Dot Records US 1958 Sell This Version
Billy Vaughn Sail Along Silv'ry Moon (Album) Dot Records New Zealand 1958 Sell This Version
Billy Vaughn Billy Vaughn Plays Stephen Foster (Album) Dot Records, Dot Records US 1959 Sell This Version
Billy Vaughn Blue Hawaii (Album) Dot Records US 1959 Sell This Version
Billy Vaughn Look For A Star (Album) Dot Records US 1960 Sell This Version
DLP 25275 Billy Vaughn Linger Awhile(LP, Album) Dot Records DLP 25275 US 1960 Sell This Version
Billy Vaughn Sukiyaka Dot Records Canada 1961 Sell This Version
Billy Vaughn Greatest String Band Hits (Album) Dot Records, Dot Records UK 1961 Sell This Version
Billy Vaughn The Shifting Whispering Sands (Album) Dot Records US 1962 Sell This Version
Billy Vaughn 1962's Greatest Hits (Album) Dot Records US 1963 Sell This Version
Billy Vaughn Number 1 Hits, Vol. 1 Dot Records US 1963 Sell This Version
Billy Vaughn Greatest Boogie Woogie Hits (Album) Dot Records New Zealand 1964 Sell This Version
Billy Vaughn Forever (Album) Dot Records US 1964 Sell This Version
Billy Vaughn Pearly Shells (Album) Dot Records US 1964 Sell This Version
Billy Vaughn Another Hit Album! (Album) Dot Records US 1964 Sell This Version
Billy Vaughn Blue Velvet & 1963's Great Hits (Album) Dot Records US 1964 Sell This Version
1 C148-92 689/690 Billy Vaughn Billy Vaughn Plays Great German Evergreens(2xLP, Album) Dot Records 1 C148-92 689/690 Germany 1964 Sell This Version
Billy Vaughn Mexican Pearls (Album) DOT Records, DOT Records US 1965 Sell This Version
Billy Vaughn Moon Over Naples (Album) Dot Records US 1965 Sell This Version
Billy Vaughn 12 Golden Hits From Latin America Dot Records US 1965 Sell This Version
Billy Vaughn A Strauss Waltz Concert (Album) Hamilton Canada 1965 Sell This Version
DLP 3140 Billy Vaughn La Paloma(LP, Mono) Dot Records DLP 3140 UK & Europe 1965 Sell This Version
Billy Vaughn Great Country Hits (Album) Dot Records UK 1966 Sell This Version

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