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Fond memories of Frankie Vaughan

24 August 2009 by Sam

photo of a man in a terraced street

Frankie Vaughan. Copyright Liverpool Daily Post and Echo

Here’s another photograph that didn’t quite make it into the upcoming exhibition ‘Liverpool people by Stephen Shakeshaft’. Over the course of his career at the Liverpool Daily Post and Echo, Stephen met a huge number of celebrities. One that he remembers particularly fondly is the legendary Frankie Vaughan:


“Frankie Vaughan, also known as Mr Moonlight, was one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. Sometimes entertainers or celebs disappoint when meeting them but Frankie was genuine and he loved Liverpool. In my teenage years I sat watching my mother swoon as he sang ‘Give Me The Moonlight’ on television’s Sunday Night at the London Palladium.

He was everything that a pinup should be and he still had that Frankie giggle all those years later when he gave me a lift in his gold Rolls Royce along Lord Street in Southport. I can still see the expressions on the holidaymakers’ faces as they
watched open jawed as we pulled up at the traffic lights. Looking in they saw that the driver was Frankie Vaughan and on the back seat there was ME!

I had persuaded him to be photographed on the beach at Southport when he was starring in the Summer Show. He walked in the sandhills with his wife Stella and was moved to tears. He told me as a child he would visit the same beach from his Dingle home for his one day’s annual holiday with his parents.

This photograph was taken in 1998 shortly before he died. He was in Liverpool and wished to visit the streets of his childhood.”

  1. ANDREA LECKERMAN says:

    FRANKIE VAUGHAN TO ME WAS THE MOST SPECIAL GUY I HAVE EVER MET, AND THE 1ST TIME I MET HIM WAS WHEN I WAS A LITTLE GIRL AND I HAD JUST LOST MY DAD, MY MUM CONTACTED HIM AT THE GLASGOW THEATRE HE WAS PLAYING AT, AND TOLD HIM ,HOW UPSET HER 3 WEE GIRLS WERE, AND HOW BIG A FAN WE WERE OF HIS
    HE CALLED OUR HOME, AND INVITED MY MUM AND SISTERS BACK STAGE FOR TEA AND IT WAS THE MOST AMAZING TIME, I WILL REMEMBER IT ALL MY LIFE
    HE THEN KEPT IN CONTACT WITH MY MUM AND WROTE ETC, AND WHENEVER HE WAS IN GLASGOW WE WOULD ALWAYS SEE US, HE WAS THE KINDEST MOST OUTSTANDING GENTLEMAN, AND WHEN HE DIED I LIT A CANDLE AND CRIED

  2. DENIS MAWN says:

    he was one of the greates britidh entertainers that we have ever had. My family and I met him several times and saw him in concert and cabaret over many years – he was always an amazing performer and went out of his way to meet people after a show. what a great role model for the showbusiness world- todays performers could learn so much from him! On his death the media did not write enough columns about him and tv hav yet to do a tribute programme on him! Why was he never given knighthood?He was not only a great recording star with many hit records butn broke records at theatres — was probablyu the first british star to top the bill in Las vegas and star in hollywood!
    it is about time he got the recognition he so deserves and not to mention his vast work for charity and young people

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