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Flood death Tyrone singer Ivan 'just lived for his music'

By Kate McCurry

Published 09/12/2015

George Jones
George Jones

Many from the music scene have been paying tributes to Ivan Vaughan, including radio presenter George Jones who discovered the singer during the 1960s.

The broadcaster explained how he spotted Ivan walking across a dancefloor and invited him on stage.

It was from there that he discovered he could sing and the pair later came up with his stage name, Simon Scott.

He was propelled into the music scene in 1967 and fronted the Dave Glover showband.

Mr Jones was among many to describe him as a "gentleman".

He added: "He was such a genuine guy and slept, ate and lived for the music business. I brought him to the Waterfront in Belfast a few years ago and he adored performing in front of 2,000 people.

"He had a great presence on stage and he just took to it like a duck to water."

Ron Kendrick, who owns the Coach Inn & Olde Bar in Glaslough where Mr Vaughan had been performing shortly before his death, described him as a "gentleman" who everyone loved.

"All the local people who came to see him perform just loved him," he added.

"He was a great character and had a great way on stage, he was one-in-a-million.

"He was in great form on Sunday night and we will really miss him here. He was always full of energy and didn't look his age."

Mr Vaughan is survived by his siblings Ann, John, Willie and Eileen.

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