Aiken musicians bring Hollywood to The Willcox

  • Posted: Friday, December 6, 2013 12:01 a.m.
    UPDATED: Friday, December 6, 2013 12:22 p.m.
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John Vaughn has played for Hollywood stars Buddy Rogers, Helen Hayes and Phyllis Diller.
Submitted Photo John Vaughn has played for Hollywood stars Buddy Rogers, Helen Hayes and Phyllis Diller.

Hollywood has been labeled as glamorous, shimmering and classic. Every week, two musicians strive to bring that feeling home to Aiken.

Natives Brooke Lundy and John Vaughn have traveled to the Tinseltown. She played on TV; he played for classic movie stars.

The two knew each other but never met. When they finally did, a holiday experience was born.

Every week at The Willcox, Lundy sings as Vaughn accompanies her on the piano.

They perform Hollywood and holiday standards.

“The songs are connected to the CSRA or myself,” Vaughn said.

One of those songs is “White Christmas,” originally recorded by actor Bing Crosby.

Crosby spent time vacationing and playing golf in Aiken, according to the S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism.

Vaughn has met Crosby’s nephew Chris.

“I have played ‘White Christmas’ at parties where Chris would sing,” Vaughn said.

“White Christmas” was also the title of a 1954 musical movie.

Crosby starred in the film.

Lundy has won the talent competition TV show “Star Search” and has performed at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

The hotel hosted the first Academy Awards in the late 1920s and was partly owned by actress Mary Pickford.

Pickford’s last marriage was to fellow performer Buddy Rogers.

“I was Roger’s protégé,” Vaughn said.

Vaughn met Rogers shortly after coming to Hollywood, according to a 2010 Aiken Standard article.

Both Lundy and Vaughn have made prior Aiken appearances.

This spring, Lundy performed alongside other locals in “The Bobby Dallas After-Party.”

Vaughn is known well by The Willcox staff; he has performed there on and off for almost 30 years.

“Playing piano at The Willcox feels like home to me,” Vaughn said.

His career started there in the 1980s.

He and Lundy are there every Sunday this month from 6 to 8 p.m.

“Our first Sunday was packed,” Vaughn said.

He also plays on Friday nights.

The Willcox is located at 100 Colleton Ave. S.W.

For more information, visit www.thewillcox.com or call 803-648-1898.

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