Frankie Vaughan was born Frank Fruim Abelson on 3rd February 1928. He was the eldest child of Isaac Abelson, an upholsterer, and his wife Leah (née Cossack) who lived at 35 Devon Street, off London Road. There were three daughters, Myra, Phyliss and Carol. The family moved to 45 Eversley Street when Frank was eight, and then to 301 Smithdown Lane before leaving Liverpool for Lancaster. None of these Liverpool homes remain standing. After attending Lancaster Art College and doing his national service Frank gained a place at Leeds College of Art and it was in Leeds that he began his singing career. Taking the stage name Vaughan, supposedly after his grandmother's habit of calling him her "number vawn" grandson, his career quickly blossomed and he had a string of top ten hits between 1956 and 1967, including two No.1's.
Devon Street in the early 1960's
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