Saturday, 29 November 2014

The History Of Tab Hunter

Tab Hunter

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Tab Hunter
Tab Hunter in trailer for Gunman's Walk (1958)
BornArthur Andrew Kelm
July 11, 1931 (age 83)
New York CityUnited States
OccupationActor, singer, writer
Years active1950–present
Partner(s)Allan Glaser (1983–present)[1]
Tab Hunter (born Arthur Andrew Kelm; July 11, 1931) is an American actor, singer and author who has starred in over forty films.




Hunter was born in New York City to Charles Kelm and Gertrude Gelien. His parents were German immigrants - his father Jewishand his mother Lutheran.[2] Hunter's father was an abusive man and within a few years of his birth, his parents divorced and his mother moved with her two sons to California.[citation needed] She reassumed her maiden surname Gelien and changed her sons' name to that as well. As a teenager, Hunter was a figure skater,[3] competing in both singles and pairs, and a horseback rider.[citation needed]
He joined the U.S. Coast Guard at the age of 15, lying about his age to enlist. While in the Coast Guard he gained the nickname "Hollywood" for his penchant for watching movies rather than going to bars while on liberty.[4]
In later years, Hunter's mother was institutionalized and underwent shock treatments, and he supported her financially until her death.[citation needed]


Arthur Gelien was given the stage name "Tab Hunter" by his first agent, Henry Willson.[5] His good looks landed him a role in the filmIsland of Desire opposite Linda Darnell. However, it was his co-starring role as young Marine Danny in 1955's World War II dramaBattle Cry, in which he has an affair with an older woman but ends up marrying the girl next door, that cemented his position as one of Hollywood's top young romantic leads. His other hit films include The Burning Hills with Natalie WoodThat Kind of Woman withSophia LorenGunman's Walk with Van Heflin and The Pleasure of His Company with Debbie Reynolds. He went on to star in over forty major films and became a cult star in the 1980s appearing in Lust in the DustPolyester and Grease 2.
In September 1955, the tabloid magazine Confidential reported Hunter's 1950 arrest for disorderly conduct. The innuendo-laced article, and a second one focusing on Rory Calhoun's prison record, were the result of a deal Henry Willson had brokered with the scandal rag in exchange for not revealing his more prominent client Rock Hudson's sexual orientation to the public. Not only was there no negative effect on Hunter's career, but a few months later he was named Most Promising New Personality in a nationwide poll sponsored by the Council of Motion Picture Organizations.[6] In 1956, he received 62,000 Valentines. Hunter, James Dean and Natalie Wood were the last of the actors placed under exclusive studio contract to Warner Bros.
Hunter had a 1957 hit record with the song "Young Love", which was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for six weeks and became one of the larger hits of the Rock n' Roll era.[3]He also had the hit "Ninety-Nine Ways", which peaked at #11. His success prompted Jack Warner to enforce the actor's contract with the Warner Bros. studio by banning Dot Records, the label for which Hunter had recorded the single (and which was owned by rival Paramount Pictures), from releasing a follow-up album he had recorded for them. He established Warner Bros. Records specifically for Hunter.

Hunter in Damn Yankees (1958)
Hunter starred in the 1958 musical film Damn Yankees, in which he played Joe Hardy of Washington D.C's American League baseballclub. The film had originally been a Broadway show, but Hunter was the only one in the film version who had not appeared in the original cast. The show was based on the 1954 best-selling book The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant by Douglass Wallop. Hunter later said the filming was hellish because director George Abbott was only interested in re-creating the stage version word for word. Hunter was Warner Bros.' top money grossing star from 1955 through 1959.
Hunter's failure to win the role of Tony in the film adaptation of West Side Story prompted him to agree to star in a weekly televisionsitcom. On July 9, 1960, prior to the program's debut, he was arrested by Glendale, California police for allegedly beating his dog Fritz. His 11-day trial started in mid-October, a month after The Tab Hunter Show debuted on Sunday evenings on NBC. It was proved that the neighbor who initiated the charges had done so for spite when Hunter declined her repeated invitations to dinner, and he was acquitted by the jury.[7] The Tab Hunter Show had moderate ratings (due to being scheduled opposite The Ed Sullivan Show) and was hence canceled after one season, however it was a huge hit in the United Kingdom, where it ranked as one of the top situation comedies of the year.
For a short time in the latter 1960s, Hunter settled in the south of France, where he acted in spaghetti westerns. His career was revived in the 1980s, when he starred opposite actor Divine in John WatersPolyester (1981) and Paul Bartel's Lust in the Dust (1985). He is particularly remembered by later audiences as Mr. Stewart, the substitute teacher in Grease 2, who sang "Reproduction." Hunter had a major role in the 1988 horror filmCameron's Closet. He also wrote and starred in Dark Horse (1992).
A documentary about his life "Tab Hunter Confidential" is currently in production by producers Allan Glaser, Neil Koenigsberg, and Jeffrey Schwarz.

Personal life[edit]

Hunter in April 2010
Hunter's autobiographyTab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star (2006), co-written with film noir specialist Eddie Muller, became aNew York Times best-seller as did the paperback edition in 2007. The book is still currently in publication and was nominated for several prestigious writing awards. In the book, he acknowledged that he is gay, confirming rumors that had circulated since the height of his fame. According to William L. Hamilton of The New York Times, detailed reports about Hunter's alleged romances with close friends Debbie Reynoldsand Natalie Wood, were strictly the fodder of studio publicity departments. As Wood and Hunter embarked on a well-publicized but fictitious romance, promoting his apparent heterosexuality while promoting their films, insiders developed their own headline for the item: "Natalie Wood and Tab Wouldn't".[8]
Hunter became close enough with Etchika Choureau, his co-star in Lafayette Escadrille, and Joan Cohn, widow of Harry Cohn, to contemplate marriage, but he thought he never could maintain a marriage, and remained merely platonic friends with both women.
During Hollywood's studio era, Hunter says, life "was difficult for me, because I was living two lives at that time. A private life of my own, which I never discussed, never talked about to anyone. And then my Hollywood life, which was just trying to learn my craft and succeed..." The star emphasizes that the word 'gay' "wasn't even around in those days, and if anyone ever confronted me with it, I'd just kinda freak out. I was in total denial. I was just not comfortable in that Hollywood scene, other than the work process."[9] "There was a lot written about my sexuality, and the press was pretty darn cruel," the actor says, but what "moviegoers wanted to hold in their hearts were the boy-next-door marines, cowboys and swoon-bait sweethearts I portrayed."[8]
Hunter had long-term relationships with actor Anthony Perkins and champion figure skater Ronnie Robertson, before settling down with his partner of 30 years, Allan Glaser.[10]
Hunter has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6320 Hollywood Blvd. In 2007, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, CaliforniaWalk of Stars was dedicated to him.[11]

Chart performance[edit]

YearTitleChart positions
1957"Young Love"11
"Red Sails In The Sunset"57
"Ninety-Nine Ways"115
"Don't Get Around Much Anymore"74
1958"Jealous Heart"62
1959"(I'll Be With You) In Apple Blossom Time"31
"There's No Fool Like A Young Fool"68


The History Of Frankie Vaughan

Frankie Vaughan

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Frankie Vaughan
Frankie Vaughan.jpg
Background information
Birth nameFrank Ableson
Born3 February 1928
Liverpool, Lancashire, England
Died17 September 1999 (aged 71)
Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
GenresEasy listening
Traditional popular music
Years active1940s–1985
 Frankie VaughanCBEDL (3 February 1928 – 17 September 1999[1]) was an English singer of traditional pop music, who issued more than 80 singles in his lifetime. He was known as "Mr. Moonlight" after one of his early hits.[2]

Life and career[edit]

He was born Frank Ableson to a Jewish family in Devon Street, Liverpool.[1] The name 'Vaughan' came from a grandmother whose first grandson he was, who used to call Frank 'my number one' grandson, in whose Russian accent 'one' sounded like 'Vaughan'.[1]In his early life, he was a member of the Lancaster Lads' Club, a member group of the National Association of Boys' Clubs in the UK, and in his career he was a major contributor to the clubs, dedicating his monetary compensation from one song each year to them.[1]He was an evacuee during World War II.[2] He started out at the club intending to be a boxer.[1] He attended the Lancaster College of Art on a scholarship and was a vocalist in their dance band. After a stint in the Royal Army Medical Corps in World War II (where he spent most of his time boxing) he returned to art school, this time at the Leeds College of Art. When he won a prize in a design contest, he left for London, where he won second prize on a radio talent show.[1]
Vaughan's career began in the late 1940s performing song and dance routines. He was known as a fancy dresser, wearing top hat,bow tietails, and cane.[1] In the 1950s he worked for a few years with the Nat Temple band, and after that period he then began making records, and was popular in the UK. In 1955, he recorded what was to become his trademark song, "Give Me the Moonlight, Give Me the Girl".[1]
He recorded a large number of songs that were covers of United States hit songs, including Perry Como's "Kewpie Doll," Jimmie Rodgers' "Kisses Sweeter than Wine," Boyd Bennett's "Seventeen" (also covered in the US by the Fontane Sisters), Jim Lowe's "The Green Door," and (with the Kaye Sisters), the Fleetwoods' "Come Softly to Me". From the 1950s through to the early 1960s, his recordings were popular in the UK.[1] In 1956, his cover of "The Green Door" reached No. 2 in the UK Singles Chart.[3] The same year he was voted 'Showbusiness Personality of the Year'.[2] In early 1957, his version of "The Garden of Eden", reached No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart. In 1961, Vaughan hit No. 1 in the UK again, with "Tower of Strength", but the rise of beat music eclipsed his chart career for two or three years, before he returned to the Top 10 in 1967 with "There Must Be A Way".[1] Chart success eluded him after this although he did have two more Top 40 singles; "Nevertheless" and "So Tired".[3] In 1957 he was voted the eighth most popular star at the British box office.[4]
Managed at this time by former journalist and theatrical agent Paul Cave,[5] Vaughan went to the United States in 1960 to make a film with Marilyn MonroeLet's Make Love, and was an actor in several other films, but his recordings were never chart hits in the US[2] In 1961, he was on the bill at the Royal Variety Performance at the Prince of Wales TheatreCoventry Street, London.
He continued performing until 1985, when he starred in a stage version of 42nd Street at Drury Lane in London,[1] opposite his old friend Shani Wallis who appeared in their first film together, Ramsbottom Rides Again. After a year, he nearly died of peritonitis and had to leave the cast.[1] Vaughan was married to Leeds-born Stella Shock from 1951 until his death; the couple had three children, David, Susan and Andrew.[2]
Vaughan was created an OBE in 1965, a CBE in 1996,[1] and as a resident of High Wycombe had been a Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Buckinghamshire since 1993. He was an Honorary Fellow of Liverpool John Moores University.[6]


Vaughan died from heart failure in Oxford in 1999, aged 71.[1][2] His wife Stella donated archival materials, including scores and sheet music he had collected throughout his career to Liverpool John Moores University in 2000.[6]



  • 1950 – "The Old Piano Roll Blues" / "Daddy's Little Girl"
  • 1950 – "Stay with the Happy People" / "Give Me You"
  • 1953 – "My Sweetie Went Away" / "Strange"
  • 1953 – "Too Marvelous for Words" / "No Help Wanted"
  • 1953 – "Look at That Girl(cover of Guy Mitchell) / "Send My Baby Back To Me"
  • 1953 – "Bye Bye Baby" / "False Hearted Lover"
  • 1953 – "Hey Joe(cover of Frankie Laine) / "So Nice in Your Arms"
  • 1953 – "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)(cover of The Four Lads) / "Cloud Lucky Seven" (cover of Guy Mitchell) – UK No. 11
  • 1954 – "The Cuff of My Shirt" (cover of Guy Mitchell) / "Heartless"
  • 1954 – "From The Grape Came The Wine" / "She Took"
  • 1954 – "Jilted" / "Do, Do, Do, Do, Do, Do It Again" (duets with Alma Cogan)
  • 1954 – "Out in the Middle of The Night" / "Crazy About You"
  • 1954 – "My Son, My Son(cover of Eddie Calvert) / "Cinnamon Sinner" (cover of Tony Bennett)
  • 1954 – "Happy Days and Lonely Nights" (cover of The Fontane Sisters) / "Danger Signs " – UK No. 12
  • 1955 – "Too Many Heartaches" / "Unsuspecting Heart" (cover of Sunny Gale)
  • 1955 – "Tweedle Dee(cover of LaVern Baker) / "Give Me The Moonlight Give Me The Girl" – UK No. 17
  • 1955 – "Wildfire" / "That's How A Love Song Was Born"
  • 1955 – "Something's Gotta Give" / "Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road"
  • 1955 – "Seventeen(cover of Boyd Bennett) / "Meet Me on the Corner" (cover of Max Bygraves) – UK No. 18
  • 1956 – "My Boy Flat Top" (cover of Dorothy Collins, also recorded by Boyd Bennett) / "Stealin'" – UK No. 20
  • 1956 – "This is The Night" / "Rock Candy Baby"
  • 1956 – "Escape in The Sun" / "Honey Hair Sugar Lips Eyes of Blue" (cover of The Crew-Cuts)
  • 1956 – "Lucky Thirteen" / "Let's Go Steady"
  • 1956 – "The Green Door(cover of Jim Lowe) / "Pity The Poor Man " – UK No. 2
  • 1957 – "The Garden of Eden" / "Priscilla" – UK No. 1
  • 1957 – "These Dangerous Years" / "Isn't This a Lovely Evening"
  • 1957 – "What's Behind that Strange Door" / "Cold Cold Shower"
  • 1957 – "Man on Fire" / "Wanderin' Eyes" – UK No. 6
  • 1957 – "Gotta Have Something in The Bank Frank" / "Single" (duets with The Kaye Sisters) – UK No. 8
  • 1957 – "Kisses Sweeter than Wine(cover of Jimmie Rodgers) / "Rock-A-Chicka" – UK No. 8
  • 1958 – "Can't Get Along Without You" / "We're Not Alone" – UK No. 11
  • 1958 – "Kewpie Doll(cover of Perry Como) / "So Many Women" – UK 10
  • 1958 – "Wonderful Things" / "Judy" – UK No. 22 ("Judy" also reached No. 22 in the US Billboard Hot 100)
  • 1958 – "Am I Wasting my Time on You" / "So Happy in Love" – UK 25
  • 1959 – "That's My Doll" / "Love Is the Sweetest Thing" – UK No. 28
  • 1959 – "Honey Bunny Baby" / "The Lady Is a Square"
  • 1959 – "Give Me The Moonlight Give Me The Girl" / "Happy Go Lucky" (re-issue)
  • 1959 – "Come Softly to Me(cover of The Fleetwoods) / "Say Something Sweet To Your Sweetheart" (duets with The Kaye Sisters) – UK No. 9
  • 1959 – "The Heart of A Man" / "Sometime Somewhere" – UK No. 5
  • 1959 – "Walkin' Tall" / "I Ain't Gonna Lead This Life" – UK No. 28
  • 1960 – "What More Do You Want" / "The Very Very Young" – UK No. 25
  • 1960 – "Love Me Now" / "I Was a Fool"
  • 1960 – "Kookie Little Paradise" / "Mary Lou" – UK No. 31
  • 1960 – "Milord(cover of Édith Piaf) / "Do You Still Love Me" – UK No. 34
  • 1961 – "Tower of Strength(cover of Gene McDaniels) / "Rachel" (cover of Al Martino) – UK No. 1
  • 1961 – "Don't Stop – Twist!" / "Red Red Roses" – UK No. 22
  • 1962 – "I'm Gonna Clip Your Wings" / "Travelin' Man(cover of Ricky Nelson)
  • 1962 – "Hercules" / "Madeleine" – UK No. 42
  • 1963 – "Hey Mama" / "Brand New Motor" – UK No. 21
  • 1963 – "You're The One for Me" / "I Told You So"
  • 1963 – "Loop De Loop" / "There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight" (cover of Tony Bennett) – UK No. 5
  • 1964 – "Alley Alley Oh" / "Gonna Be a Good Boy Now"
  • 1964 – "Hello Dolly" / "Long Time No See" – UK No. 18
  • 1964 – "Susie Q" / "I'll Always Be in Love With You"
  • 1964 – "Someone Must Have Hurt You A Lot" / "Easter Time" – UK No. 46
  • 1965 – "The Happy Train" / "You Darlin' You"
  • 1965 – "Wait" / "There Goes The Forgotten Man"
  • 1966 – "Cabaret" / "Gotta Have You"
  • 1967 – "There Must Be A Way" / "You're Nobody till Somebody Loves You(cover of Dean Martin) – UK No. 7
  • 1967 – "So Tired" / "If I Didn't Care" – UK No. 21
  • 1968 – "Nevertheless" / "Girl Talk" – UK No. 29
  • 1968 – "Mame" / "If I Had My Way"
  • 1968 – "Souvenirs" / "Getting Used to Having You Around"
  • 1969 – "The Same Old Way" / "You Can't Stop Me Dancing"
  • 1969 – "Hideaway" / "Hold Me Close to You"
  • 1970 – "Peace Brother Peace" / "You'll Never Walk Alone"
  • 1970 – "With These Hands" / "I'll Give You Three Guesses"
  • 1971 – "Find Another Love" / "Lorelei"
  • 1971 – "What Am I to do With You" / "Make The Circus Come to Town"
  • 1972 – "Paradise" / "Same Old Love"
  • 1972 – "Good Old Bad Old Days" / "The Good Things in Life"
  • 1974 – "Unchained Melody" / "I'll Never See Julie Again"
  • 1975 – "It's Too Late Now" / "Somewhere in this World"
  • 1975 – "Close Your Eyes" / "Our World of Love"
  • 1975 – "After Loving You" / "Feelings"
  • 1976 – "I'll Never Smile Again" / "Ragtime Cowboy Joe"
  • 1976 – "One" / "Love Is Here To Stay"
  • 1977 – "Red Sails in the Sunset" / "Seasons for Lovers"
  • 1977 – "Take Me" / "Lemon Drops, Lollipops and Sunbeams"
  • 1978 – "Think Beautiful Things" / "I Am Lucky"
  • 1979 – "Think Beautiful Things" / "Simple Kiss"
  • 1983 – "Stockport" / "Showmanship"
  • 1984 – "Dreamers" / "Two Different Worlds"
  • 1987 – "When Your Old Wedding Ring Was New" / "Lucky"



  • 1957 – Happy Go lucky
  • 1958 – Frankie Vaughan Showcase
  • 1959 – Frankie Vaughan at the London Palladium – UK No. 6
  • 1961 – Let Me Sing – I'm Happy
  • 1961 – Warm Feeling
  • 1962 – Live at the Talk of the Town
  • 1963 – All Over Town
  • 1965 – My Kind of Song
  • 1966 – Return Date at the Talk of the Town
  • 1967 – Frankie Vaughan Songbook – UK No. 40
  • 1971 – This is Frankie Vaughan


  • 1967 – There Must Be a Way – UK No. 22
  • 1968 – The Second Time Around
  • 1970 – Mr Moonlight
  • 1971 – Double Exposure
  • 1972 – Frankie
  • 1972 – Frankie Vaughan Sing-a-Long
  • 1973 – Frankie Vaughan Sings


  • 1973 – Sincerely Yours
  • 1974 – Someone Who Cares
  • 1975 – Seasons for Lovers
  • 1977 – Golden Hour Presents Frankie Vaughan


  • 1977 – 100 Golden Greats – UK No. 24
  • 1985 – Love Hits and High Kicks

Big V records[edit]

  • 1979 – Moonlight and Love Songs

Select filmography[edit]

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