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Malcolm Vaughan
Background information
Birth name Malcolm Thomas
Born 22 March 1929 (1929-03-22) (age 80),
Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorgan, Wales
Genres Traditional Pop
Labels HMV

Malcolm Vaughan (born Malcolm Thomas,[1 ] 22 March 1929, Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorgan, Wales) is a singer and actor. Known for his distinctive tenor voice, he had a number of chart hits in the United Kingdom during the 1950s.

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Biography

Vaughan first appeared as an actor during his teenage years, and had minor roles in a number of films during the mid 1940s, and he returned to this profession after being demobbed from the Army following National Service. In 1954 he teamed up with Kenneth Earle, and became the straight man in half of a comedy double act in variety theatre. It was here that his singing career began to develop thanks to his strong voice, and in 1955 he had a hit with "Ev'ry Day of My Life". The song was the first of many hits he achieved throughout the latter half of the 1950s, two other major releases being 1957's "My Special Angel" and "More Than Ever (Come Prima)" in 1958. He also took part in the national preselection to represent the United Kingdom at the 1960 Eurovision Song Contest, singing "Each Tomorrow", but was beaten by Bryan Johnson, whose "Looking High, High, High" went on to finish in second place.

The rise in popularity of rock and roll saw a dramatic change in musical tastes, and unlike many of his contemporaries, Vaughan's musical career barely survived into the 1960s. However, he continued to act, mostly doing theatre work, and his music continues to be played on the radio.[2]

In his later years, Malcolm Vaughan was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease. In 2009 his wife Gaye published his autobiography which helped to raise money for a local Alzheimer's charity in Eastbourne, Kent.[2]

Hit songs

All chart hits were on the His Master's Voice label.

  • "Ev'ry Day of My Life" / "Mama" (1955) UK #5
  • "More Than A Millionaire" / "Take Me Back Again" (1955)
  • "With Your Love" / "Small Talk" (1955) UK #18
  • "Only You (And You Alone)" / "I'll Be Near You" (1956)
  • "St. Theresa of the Roses" / "Love Me as Though There Were No Other" (1956) UK #3
  • "The World is Mine" / "Now" (1957) UK #26
  • "Chapel of The Roses" / "Guardian Angel" (1957) UK #13
  • "Oh My Papa" / "What Is My Destiny" (1957)
  • "My Special Angel" / "The Heart of a Child" (1957) UK #3
  • "To Be Loved" / "My Loving Arms" (1958) UK #14
  • "Ev'ry Hour Ev'ry Day Of My Life" / "Miss You" (1958)
  • "More Than Ever (Come Prima) / "A Night to Remember" (1958) UK #5
  • "Wait for Me" / "Willingly" (1959) UK #13
  • "You'll Never Walk Alone" / "The Holy City" (1959)
  • "Oh So Wunderbar" / "For Everyone In Love" (1960)
  • "My Love For You" / "Lady of Spain" (1960)
  • "There's No Other Love" / "Dolce Vita" (1961)
  • "The Wedding" / "Guardian Angel" (1961)
  • "This Side of Heaven" / "The Love of a Lifetime" (1963)

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Further reading

  • The Reluctant Star: A Biography of Malcolm Vaughan by Edward Thomas

References

  1. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 583. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.  
  2. ^ a b "Singer's story helps charity". Eastbourne Herald. 3 June 2009. http://www.eastbourneherald.co.uk/news/Singer39s-story-helps-charity.5330158.jp. Retrieved 31 July 2009.  

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