THE BEN VAUGHN QUARTET! Featuring Gus Cordovox, Greg Townson & Todd Bradley
Ben Vaughn grew up in the Philadelphia area on the New Jersey side of the river. At age 6, his uncle gave him a Duane Eddy record and forever changed his life.In 1983, he formed the Ben Vaughn Combo. The band was together five years, releasing two albums and touring the U.S. several times. They received rave reviews in Rolling Stone and People magazine and video airplay on MTV. The attention inspired Marshall Crenshaw to record Ben’s “I’m Sorry (But So Is Brenda Lee”” for his Downtown album.
Ben embarked on a solo career in 1988, recording several critically acclaimed albums, touring extensively in Europe and the U.S. and receiving more MTV exposure. During that period he produced three records for the Elektra Records American Explorer series (Memphis rockabilly legend Charlie Feathers, Muscle Shoals country soul singer Arthur Alexander) and recorded “Cubist Blues,” a collaboration with Alan Vega and Alex Chilton. He also scored two films (Favorite Mopar and Wild Girl’s Go-Go Rama), as well as appearing as a frequent guest commentator on nationally syndicated radio shows Fresh Air and World Café.
In 1995, Ben moved to L.A. and released Instrumental Stylings, and album of instrumentals in a variety of styles. A guest appearance on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic led directly to being hired as the composer for the hit TV sitcom 3rd Rock From The Sun. That 70’s Show soon followed, and for the next ten years Ben would provide award-winning music for a dozen other TV shows and pilots. He also provided scores for several films and continued producing records (Ween, Los Straitjackets, Mark Olson of the Jayhawks, Nancy Sinatra, and the Swingers soundtrack CD).
Somehow Ben found time to create the legendary Rambler ’65. Recorded entirely in his car, this much-publicized album (and subsequent short film) is still considered by many to be a classic document of a man and his dream.
Since then, Ben has released Designs In Music, Vaughn Sings Vaughn Vols. 1-3, Texas Road Trip (recorded in Austin, Texas with Doug Sahm’s band) as well as Five By Five and Piece de Resistance by the Ben Vaughn Quintet.
Occasionally, Ben takes a break from his syndicated radio show (The Many Moods of Ben Vaughn) to perform live in the U.S. and Europe.