|Born||Camden, New Jersey|
|Origin||Collingswood, New Jersey, U.S.|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, singer-songwriter, record producer, music critic|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, keyboards, harmonica|
Vaughn grew up in Collingswood, New Jersey, and his interest in music began at age 6 when his uncle gave him a Duane Eddy record. The "Ben Vaughn Combo" released two albums and toured the U.S. from 1983 to 1988. Vaughn then had a solo career, 1988–1994, recording four albums and touring Europe and the United States.
Vaughn is a longtime Rambler automobile fan and in 1988 recorded El Rambler Dorado on his Blows Your Mind album. As a musician, he is perhaps best known for his "Rambler '65" album when Vaughn decided to "cut out the middleman," as he puts it, and recorded an entire album in his 1965 Rambler American. Vaughn turned his car into a makeshift studio by putting the recording equipment inside his car. Whether it was a gimmick or an act of showmanship, but according to most reviews, the music he created inside his car is "timeless" rock roll. The Rambler '65 24-minute music video for this album also includes vintage AMC TV advertising clips.
As a producer, Vaughn made albums for artists such as Charlie Feathers and Los Straitjackets. He also collaborated with Alan Vega and Alex Chilton and contributed a cover, (Paradise) to an Alex Chilton tribute album released by Munster Records based in Madrid, Spain.
In 1996, Vaughn produced Ween's cult classic, a ten track exploration of country music - 12 Golden Country Greats. Musically, 12 Golden Country Greats was, more or less, classic country sounds. Ween and Vaughn went so far as to enlist the services of veteran Nashville session musicians. However, while even the vocal performances were an exquisite mimic of country singing, the album's lyrics were decidedly twisted.
Vaughn also re-recorded "I Found Her Telephone Number Written on the Boy's Bathroom Wall" for the Mad Magazine-inspired song compilation Mad Grooves.
Now living in California, Vaughn works in film and television. Notable for his work on That '70s Show, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Black Mask and Psycho Beach Party. "That 70s Show" has another Alex Chilton connection, with the title song being a re-worked version of "In the Street", a Big Star song. Vaughn his work as the composer for the NBC 3rd Rock from the Sun series also features a 1962 Rambler American convertible used by the show's main characters.
- The Many Moods of Ben Vaughn (1986) (Restless – US) (Making Waves – UK)
- Beautiful Thing (1987) (Restless – US) (EMI – UK, Europe)
- Ben Vaughn Blows Your Mind (1988) (Restless – US) (Virgin – UK, Europe) (DRO – Spain)
- Dressed in Black (1990) (Enigma – US) (Demon – UK, Europe)
- Mood Swings (1991) (Restless – US) (Demon – UK, Europe)
- Mono US (1992) (Bar None – US) (Club De Musique – Italy) (Sky Ranch – France)
- Instrumental Stylings (1995) (Bar None – US)
- Cubist Blues (1996), with Alan Vega and Alex Chilton (Discovery, 1997, reissued by Last Call in 2006 with an extra disc recorded live)
- Rambler '65 (1997) (Rhino – US) (Munster – Spain)
- The Prehistoric Ben Vaughn (1998) (Munster – Spain)
- A Date with Ben Vaughn (1999) (Shoeshine – UK)
- Glasgow Time (2002) (Shoeshine – UK)
- Designs in Music (2006) (Soundstage 15 – US)
- Verna, Paul (16 November 1996). "Vaugn gets behind the wheel for his new set". Billboard 108 (46): 53. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
- Roberts, Randall (March 1997). "Ben Vaughn / '65 Rambler / Rhino". CMJ New Music Monthly (43). Retrieved 17 January 2014.
- Capo, Fran (2003). It Happened in New Jersey. Globe Pequot Press. p. 186. ISBN 9780762723584. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
- "3rd Rock from the Sun: Season 5, Episode 3". IMDb. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
- "Master Of The Offbeat When It Comes To The Obscure, Collingswood's Ben Vaughn Is A Standout". Philadelphia Daily News. 7 December 1993. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
If it's good enough for Chad Everett, it's good enough for John Travolta. In Ben Vaughn's mind, this is a maxim of popular music. Slung in a swivel chair in his Collingswood, N.J., home, the eternally sneakered Ben Vaughn slaps an Everett album onto his turntable.