The Best Of - Give Me The Moonlight CD
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CD on POLYGRAM RECORDS by Frankie Vaughan - Give Me The Moonlight - Best
Give Me The Moonlight, Give Me The Girl
The Old Piano Roll Blues
Happy Go Lucky
My Boy Flat Top
The Green Door
The Garden Of Eden
These Dangerous Years
Man On Fire
Gotta Have Something In... (& KAYE SISTERS)
Kisses Sweeter Than Wine
Can't Get Along Without You
We Are Not Alone
Come Softly To Me (& KAYE SISTERS)
The Heart Of A Man
Tower Of Strenght
Don't Stop Twist
Top Customer Reviews
The CD was apparently released to celebrate his 70th birthday in 1998. The CD came about thanks to DJ Willie Morgan and he compiled and annotated the sleevenotes - which are fantastic. You get a nice bio of his career in showbusiness, and a track-by-track commentary. I love this feature, great idea. It tells you the stories behind all the songs.
His first actual record release was track two on this compilation, The Old Piano Roll Blues, on Decca. Now, I thought Spectrum was allowed to be licensed old Decca recordings, so why does this one sound like it's dubbed from a 78? It's a good song anyway.
Track three is Tweedle Dee, the a-side of Frank's first Philips record, in 1955. Give Me The Moonlight was the flipside, at Frank's request. His rendition of Tweedle Dee is good and competes with the best of them. As was the tradition at the time, it was covered by many top artistes. Give Me The Moonlight is a classic and should have had top billing really. But, Tweedle Dee was a top 20 hit.
It then continues his hits, in consecutive order. Sadly it misses out a fair few of his minor chartings. One or two of these have never been on CD, sadly; and the rest were only available on the now out-of-print World of Frankie Vaughan CD. The most annoying omission is Wonderful Things - you get the flipside Judy instead because it was an American hit, quite a feat in those days.Read more ›
The set opens with Frankie's signature song (Give me the moonlight) and includes all of his UK top ten hits (and several lesser hits) from the fifties and early sixties. It does not include There must be a way (a UK top ten hit), So tired or Nevertheless, three hits recorded for another label in the late sixties, but if you're only going to buy one collection of Frankie's music, this is the one to choose.
Frankie's UK top ten hits prior to 1967 were Green door (covered by Crystal Gayle in the seventies, the song became an eighties UK hit for Shaking Stevens), Garden of Eden (a number one hit for Frankie), the double-sided Man on fire / Wandering eyes, Gotta have something in the band Frank (with the Kaye sisters), Kisses sweeter than wine, Kewpie doll, Come softly to me (with the Kaye sisters), The heart of a man, Tower of strength (Frankie's second and last UK number one hit) and Loop-de-loop. Frankie's first UK hit, Istanbul, just missed the top ten, as did the double-sided Can't get along without you / We are not alone. All these classic songs are included here.
Frankie also had some success as an actor but as far as his music is concerned, the tracks on this collection are what he will be mostly remembered for.
'Frankie' was born 'Frank Ableson' to a Jewish-Family in Liverpool in 1928...adopting the surname from his Grandmother
to give him the stage-name we still remember today.
Primarily his golden-years was during the 50's first featuring in the Charts in it's early beginnings back in 1954, the British
Crooner became a regular visitor to our television screens during the late 50's often the lead-act in variety shows.
In truth many of my memories of 'Frankie' are from the 'Radio' and 'early T.V - Shows and obviously remember many of his
songs from those times such as - 'Give Me The Moonlight' which indeed became his signature-song........'The Green Door'
(Chart '2' 1956) 'The Garden Of Eden' (Chart '1' also 56') 'Gotta Have Money In The Bank Frank' (Sung with the Kaye Sisters)
(Chart '8' 1957) 'Kisses Sweeter Than Wine' (a cover version of the Jimmie Rodgers song, both versions Charted) (Chart '8'
also 1957) 'Come Softly To Me' (again sung with the Kaye Sisters) (Chart '9' 1959) and 'Tower Of Strength' (Chart '1' 1961)
I did buy that one on 45' when it was in the Charts back then.
Though i wouldn't consider myself a huge fan, like many of you i'm sure, we remember the songs, it's a part of music-history and
of course 'Memories' - Which is why the album is a part of my CD-Collection.....This release does have many of his hits of the 50's
and indeed the 60's.
'Frankie Vaughan' passed away at the age of 71 in 1999'
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lovely to hear frankie bought for mum who has dementia she really connected with the old tunesPublished 6 months ago by mrs alexandra waymark
fabulous cd,Frankie at his best,great songs,very happy customer,highly recommend,thank you.brought back happy memories for me.Published 15 months ago by sue
got this c.d. as it was no longer availaible in the shops. we like having a music night and my sister challanges us on what music we have. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Robert Selfrober