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FRANKIE VAUGHAN – “The Garden Of Eden”

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#55, 25th January 1957

A lucky dip of styles, crazy-paved together by Frankie Vaughan’s beefy voice. A couple of years earlier this might have worked as a smartypants big-orchestra trifle. A few later and Vaughan could have turned it into an early soul thumper. As it is he has a hell of a job holding the song together at all, as it lurches from a stripped-back guitar strut through street-corner backing to its more-or-less swingin’ conclusion. The meaning of the song is similarly adrift – a cheater’s metaphor or a lover’s whimsy? This listener is hardly moved to care either way.

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    wichita lineman on 16 Dec 2008 #

    No problems with the ungainly swagger on this one, or its stuttering machismo – the hand of Joe Meek gives it the grit that lifts it. I assume the lyric is about the perils of a beautiful woman, the same story Dr Hook would ham up 20-odd years later.

    As for imagining Frankie doing this in a Northern style a few years on, there’s a single by him called You’re The One For Me from ’64 which almost does the trick. As a minor-key beat item, it’s an 8.

    For research purposes I recently saw his r’n’r film Dangerous Youth. Jeez, they really thought National Service would knock these young tearaways into shape (see also Idle On Parade). It isn’t very good, to be frank, but there are some great moody shots of post-war, pre-redeveloped Liverpool.

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    Billy Smart on 1 Apr 2009 #

    Light entertainment watch: Frankie Vaughan WAS Brtish Light Entertainment! Here are some of his appearances that don’t survive;

    THE BIG SHOW: with Phyllis Diller, Michael Bentine, Alfred Ravel, Anita Harris, Dickie Henderson, The Five Luxors, The Shadows, Frankie Vaughan, The London Line, The Mike Sammes Singers (1968)

    THE BILLY COTTON BAND SHOW: with Frankie Vaughan, Danny Williams, Mrs Mills, Alan Breeze, Kathie Kay, The High-Lights, The Leslie Roberts Silhouettes (1962)

    THE BLACKPOOL SHOW: with Dickie Henderson, Frankie Vaughan, The New Faces, Les Dawson, Tanya (1967)

    CILLA: with The Irving Davies Dancers, The Ladybirds, Frankie Vaughan, Donovan, Roy Hudd, Les Dawson (1968)

    DEE TIME: with Rolf Harris, Frankie Vaughan, The Kinks (1967)

    DEE TIME: with Wilfred Pickles, Clement Freud, Frankie Vaughan, The 4 Freshmen, Esther & Abi Ofarim, The Teddy Wilson Trio, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Titch (1968)

    DODDY’S MUSIC BOX: with The Dave Clark Five, Paul & Barry Ryan, Friday Brown, Frankie Vaughan, David Hamilton (1968)

    THE FRANKIE VAUGHAN SHOW (1966)

    THE GOOD OLD DAYS: with Frankie Vaughan, The Clark Brothers, Davy Kaye, Susan Shirley, The Tommy Shaw Dancers, Duggie Clark, The Heirolls, Kathy (1968)

    THE GOOD OLD DAYS: with Beryl Reid, Frankie Vaughan, Elaine Delmar, Syd Little, Eddie Large, The James Boys, The Villams (1973)

    INTERNATIONAL CABARET: with Kenneth Williams, Alyn Ainsworth and his Orchestra, Frankie Vaughan, George Holmes, Sheela Munro, The Pallettes (1968)

    INTERNATIONAL CABARET: with Kenneth Williams, Alyn Ainsworth and his Orchestra, Frankie Vaughan, The Great Coray, Trio Athenee, Ann And Roman Bait (1968)

    THE JIMMY TARBUCK SHOW: with Frankie Vaughan (1968)

    THE JIMMY TARBUCK SHOW: with Frankie Vaughan (1970)

    THE LIBERACE SHOW: with Frankie Vaughan, Moira Anderson, Eva Gabor, Sandpipers (1969)

    LULU’S BACK IN TOWN: with Frankie Vaughan, Reg Varney, Peter Knight And His Orchestra (1968)

    MIKE AND BERNIE’S SHOW: with Frankie Vaughan (1969)

    MOIRA ANDERSON SINGS: with BBC Scottish Radio Orchestra (Hosts), Frankie Vaughan (1968)

    THE NEW LONDON PALLADIUM SHOW: with Frankie Vaughan, Eddie Calvert, Ray Fell, Jim Dale, Michael Allport (1965)

    SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE MILL: with Frankie Vaughan, The Three Degrees, Barbara Windsor (1976)

    SET ‘EM UP JOE: with Joe Brown, Frankie Vaughan, Sandie Shaw, Clinton Ford (1969)

    SHOWTIME: with David Nixon, Frankie Vaughan, Hylda Baker, Vic Perry (1961)

    SIX-FIVE SPECIAL: with Frankie Vaughan, Freddie Mills, Don Lang and his Frantic Five, Vipers Skiffle Group, Murray Campbell and his Trumpet, Ronnie Keene and his Orchestra, Roger Bannister, Chris Brasker (1957)

    SUNDAY NIGHT AT THE LONDON PALLADIUM (VAL PARNELL’S …..): with Bruce Forsyth, Frankie Vaughan, Anne Shelton, Nadia Nerina, Alexis Rassine, Albert and Les Ward (1957)

    SUNDAY NIGHT AT THE LONDON PALLADIUM (VAL PARNELL’S …..): with Dickie Henderson, Frankie Vaughan, The John Tiller Girls (1957)

    SUNDAY NIGHT AT THE LONDON PALLADIUM (VAL PARNELL’S …..): with Bruce Forsyth, The London Palladium Girls, Jack Parnell and his Orchestra, Frankie Vaughan, Beverley Todd, Jo-Jac And Joni (1964)

    SUNDAY NIGHT AT THE LONDON PALLADIUM (VAL PARNELL’S …..): with The Tiller Girls, Jack Parnell and his Orchestra, The Mike Sammes Singers, Frankie Vaughan (1974)

    THE TALK OF THE TOWN: with Frankie Vaughan (1969)

    TARBUCK’S BACK: with Ronnie Corbett, Audrey Jeans, Frankie Vaughan, Jack Douglas, Sydney The Kangaroo (1969)

    THANK YOUR LUCKY STARS: with Brian Matthew, Billy Fury, Mike Sarne with Margot Quantrell, The Hollies, Doug Sheldon, David Gell, The Swinging Blue Jeans, Millie, Miami Showband, Frankie Vaughan (1963)

    THANK YOUR LUCKY STARS: with Brian Matthew, Frankie Vaughan, Mark Wynter, Petula Clark, Gene Vincent, The Dakotas, The Cestrels, Jennie Moss, Jimmy Savile (1963)

    THANK YOUR LUCKY STARS: with Brian Matthew, Frankie Vaughan, Petula Clark, Tery Lightfoot’s Jazzmen, Jimmy Crawford, Peter Gordeno, Little Eva, Kent Walton (1963)

    THANK YOUR LUCKY STARS: with Brian Matthew, Helen Shapiro, Russ Conway, Mark Wynter, Lesley Gore, Grazina, Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders, Grant Tracy and the Sunsets, Frankie Vaughan, Janice Nicholls (1963)

    THANK YOUR LUCKY STARS: with Brian Matthew, Frankie Vaughan, The Kaye Sisters, The Applejacks, Daryl Quist, Billy Boyle (1964)

    THANK YOUR LUCKY STARS: with Brian Matthew, The Searchers, Frankie Vaughan, The Miracles, Julie Rogers, The Naturals (1964)

    THANK YOUR LUCKY STARS: with Brian Matthew, Frankie Vaughan, The Barron Knights, Ray Fell (1965)

    THANK YOUR LUCKY STARS: with Brian Matthew, Frankie Vaughan, The Dave Clark Five, The Everly Brothers, Scott Hamilton (1965)

    THIS IS YOUR LIFE: Frankie Vaughan (1970)

    THIS IS… TOM JONES: with The Mike Sammes Singers, The Norman Maen Dancers, Sue & Sonny, Pat Cooper, Liza Minnelli, Frankie Vaughan (1969)

    TIME FOR BLACKBURN!: with Frankie Vaughan (1968)

    WEDNESDAY AT 8: with The Mike Sammes Singers, Lionel Blair Dancers, Frankie Vaughan, Jim Davidson, Little and Large, Tommy Jones (1976)

    WEDNESDAY AT 8: with Nigel Lythgoe Dancers, The Ladybirds, Frankie Vaughan, Jim Davidson, Roger de Courcey & Nookie Bear, Lyn Paul, Al Saxon (1977)

    And here’s a list of programmes which did survive;

    THE BASIL BRUSH SHOW: with Billy Boyle, Frankie Vaughan, Tony Sympson (1980)

    BLANKETY BLANK: with Les Dawson, Bella Emberg, Pete Murray, Linda Nolan, Bill Pertwee, Fiona Richmond, Frankie Vaughan (1985)

    BLANKETY BLANK: with Les Dawson, Joe Brown, Dana, Paul Heiney, Janice Long, Claire Rayner, Frankie Vaughan (1987)

    BLANKETY BLANK: with Les Dawson, Lionel Blair, Mark Curry, Lisa Maxwell, Mollie Sugden, Gillian Taylforth, Frankie Vaughan (1988)

    BLANKETY BLANK: with Les Dawson, Tina Baker, Bruno Brookes, Pamela Power, Wendy Richard, Frankie Vaughan, Bernie Winters (1990)

    CHILD’S PLAY: with Michael Aspel, Su Pollard, Frankie Vaughan (1988)

    THE DAVID NIXON SHOW: with Freddie Davies, Lena Martell, Neville King, Frankie Vaughan (1972)

    A FRAME WITH DAVIS: with Frankie Vaughan, Bernie Winters (1983)

    FRANKIE AND BRUCE: with Frankie Vaughan, Bruce Forsyth, Marie Gordon Price, Suzanne Danielle (1975)

    THE GOOD OLD DAYS: with Frankie Vaughan, Stan Stennett, The Clark Brothers, Albert Burdon And Company, Ray Alan and Lord Charles, Hammond’s Birds, Margery Manners (1963)

    THE GOOD OLD DAYS: with Frankie Vaughan, Barbara Law, Ray C. Davis & Tudor Davies, Les Thuranos (1979)

    IT’S TARBUCK!: with Peter Gordeno, Kenny Lynch, Jack Parnell and his Orchestra, Frankie Vaughan, Lulu (1970)

    LONDON NIGHT OUT: with Nigel Lythgoe Dancers, The Ladybirds, Frankie Vaughan, Roger de Courcey, Candlewick Green, The New Faces (1978)

    LONDON NIGHT OUT: with Frankie Vaughan, Stu Francis, Stephanie Lawrence (1981)

    LOOK – MIKE YARWOOD!: with Frankie Vaughan, Cheryl Kennedy, Larry Martyn, The Ladybirds (1974)

    LOOKS FAMILIAR: with Petula Clark, Frankie Vaughan, Billy ‘Uke’ Scott (1976)

    LOOKS FAMILIAR: with Petula Clark, Frankie Vaughan, Lionel Blair (1977)

    THE MAIN ATTRACTION: with Tommy Cooper, Chas & Dave, The Kessler Twins, Pam Ayres, Frankie Vaughan (1983)

    THE MORECAMBE AND WISE SHOW: with Michele Dotrice, Frankie Vaughan, Patrick Moore (1976)

    THE MUSICAL TIME MACHINE: with The Nolan Sisters, Frankie Vaughan, Juniper Green (1977)

    PARKINSON: with Benny Green, Henry Cooper, Frankie Vaughan (1979)

    THE ROYAL VARIETY PERFORMANCE: with Shirley Bassey, Sammy Davis Junior, Lionel Blair, Arthur Haynes, Frankie Vaughan, Jack Benny, Andy Stewart, George Burns, Acker Bilk, The Crazy Gang (1961)

    SATURDAY VARIETY: with Frankie Vaughan, Clodagh Rodgers, Larry Grayson, Don Maclean (1972)

    SEASIDE SPECIAL: with Tony Blackburn, Larry Grayson, Frankie Vaughan, Roy Hudd, Peters and Lee, Diane Solomon, The Wurzels, Fiddlygig, Terry Turner, Nicky Benton (1976)

    SHOWTIME: with Frankie Vaughan, Wayne Sleep, Mary O’Hara, Karen Kay (1979)

    STARBURST: with Frankie Vaughan, Charlie Daze, Roy Jay (1983)

    SUNDAY, SUNDAY: with Rory Bremner, Marti Caine, Bruce Forsyth, Clive James, Frankie Vaughan (1985)

    THIS IS YOUR LIFE: Frankie Vaughan (1994)

    THIS IS… TOM JONES: with The Mike Sammes Singers, The Norman Maen Dancers, Sue & Sonny, Phyllis Diller, Lulu, Frankie Vaughan (1971)

    VAL PARNELL’S SPECTACULAR: The Frankie Vaughan Show (1959)

    WITH CLIFF MICHELMORE: with Frankie Vaughan (1968)

    WOGAN: with Anthony Andrews, Big Country, Maria Bueno, England World Cup Squad 1986, Frankie Vaughan (1986)

    WOGAN: with Randy Crawford, Rula Lenska, Steven Seagal, Frankie Vaughan (1988)

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    wichita lineman on 15 Jun 2009 #

    Spent the weekend in Kent, striding up and down the shingle beach at Dungeness with “when you walk in the garden, in the garden of England” stuck on repeat in my head. Sunstroke didn’t help.

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    Click on 30 Jan 2010 #

    Frankie is quite cool…

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    rosie on 30 Sep 2010 #

    wichita@4

    Though anywhere less like a garden than Dungeness beach I find hard to imagine.

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    Mutley on 1 Oct 2010 #

    Is the Derek Jarman garden at Dungeness still being cared for? I liked it a lot when I saw it several years ago, although I can’t imagine Frankie barnstorming through it high-kicking the shingle.

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    a tanned rested and unlogged lørd sükråt wötsît on 1 Oct 2010 #

    Jarman’s partner certainly carried it on after his death, in his memory, but I haven’t been down there for several years now, so I don’t know if this is still the case.

    Trudging is the word that springs to mind on that beach: austerely beautiful though it is, I find it very hard actually to walk on for any distance.

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    crag on 13 Apr 2011 #

    DESERT ISLAND DISC WATCH

    Sophie Tucker, actor/singer (1963).

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