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Bobby Vinton

Every era needs its crooner, and in the early '60s, it was Bobby Vinton. Vinton's sentimental balladeering and orchestral, middle-of-the-road arrangements were a throwback to a decade earlier, before rock & roll had found its mass market. If Vinton is sometimes identified with a rock & roll audience, it's only because his music was bought by young listeners for a time, and because he still catches some airplay on oldies stations. What he sang was vocal pop, landing some of the biggest hits of the early '60s with "Roses Are Red (My Love)," "Blue on Blue," "There! I've Said It Again," "Mr. Lonely," and "Blue Velvet," the last of which has become his signature song in the wake of its notorious prominence in David Lynch's Blue Velvet.

Vinton originally aspired to lead a big band, and made big band versions of contemporary hits on his first recordings in the early '60s. When he began singing, however, he was quickly successful, reaching number one with "Roses Are Red (My Love)" in mid-1962. The syrupy, saccharine arrangements set the mold for his emotional, occasionally mournful hits throughout the early '60s. 1963 was his banner year, as he hit number three with "Blue on Blue," and then topped the charts with "Blue Velvet" and "There! I've Said It Again."

"There! I've Said It Again" was knocked out of the number one spot by the Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Hand." But the British Invasion, surprisingly, didn't spell commercial death for Vinton, as it did for so many other balladeers and teen idols. Indeed, he had one of his biggest hits (and his final number one), the sobbing "Mr. Lonely," in late 1964. Although he didn't maintain quite the same superstar ranking, he was consistently popular throughout the next decade; between 1962 and 1972, in fact, he had an astonishing 28 Top 40 entries. Often he updated quaint 1960-era pop tunes such as "Halfway to Paradise," "Take Good Care of My Baby," and "Sealed With a Kiss." A couple of these, "Please Love Me Forever" and "I Love How You Love Me," made the Top Ten, which was quite an anachronism in 1967 and 1968.

Vinton seemed to have launched a major comeback in 1974 with "Melody of Love," which made number three, and enjoys the distinction of being the only major American hit single sung partially in Polish. Only one more Top 40 hit was in the offing, though. This probably didn't particularly bother Vinton, who had his own TV series for a few years in the late '70s, and could always count on lucrative gigs on the cabaret circuit. ~ Richie Unterberger, Rovi
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omg, just saw Bobby in Cleveland! 2014, he is 79, sings, dances, jokes and plays 5 different instruments, he is Awesome, altho this is my fav song, it does make me cry. why do we love songs that make us cry?
♥ Bobby......
Saw Bobby in Branson and I have loved his singing.
Now this is a sad song
I saw Bobby at Mt Airy in PA and Morristown, NJ. Love him!!
Saw Bobby perform live 5 times, he's a fabulous performer, plays many instruments, a class act, love, love, love him.....
Bobby Vinton might have looked like a wimp but he was a tough bird - he earned his stripes backing up groups before he made it big on his own
What a lame version of Johnnie & Joe's Classic
Still take me back to 1963.....wha t a time! Noé Reyes Pinto
ohlilone2u2
I enjoy Bobby Vinton. Some of the songs have the wrong lyrics listed. Still enjoyable all the same.
The British Invasion was gourds were singing our music anyway!
I wish we could all stop refering to the British Invasion if that didn't happen we would evolved from of the era to great dowoop of 2014.
bobjacobs90
I liked 'the Last Rose which is listed in his catalog but Pandora has never heard of it. It was the truest love song he ever sang and maybe topped by He stopped Loving Her Today by Geo.Jones but it is in the minds of the listener
the first record i ever bought was Roses are Red. 39 cents , great songs by a great guy.
From my hometown in Canonsburg, PA. He's one of the best
pattie225
Bobby is one of my top entertainers . Had the honor of seeing Bobby in San Diego a few years ago. Wonderful. Still makes my heart melt! BLUE VELVET! !!!!
Will aways love Bobby Vinton!! Kissed him once back stage in the 70's.
cgeorgerun5
First heard Bob with his Big Band while he was in High School and playing at the local Firehall. Many subsequent encounters in later years including RCCL Cruise Ships and at his theater in Branson during the
mid 90's. His My Melody of Love was a real tribute to his heritage.
love this song just like the others
excellent intertainer. . . m e t him years ago, very nice man,love his voice
Saw him perform in Florida last year....awes o m e show. His music always brings a smile to my face and a warmth to my heart.
Still takes me back to 1963......wh a t a time!
aeckenrode2
Wow!!! his songs bring not only a smile to my face, but also to my heart
Memories of happy youthful times....
Great artist of songs that give great memories; Thanx to the soldier I never got to marry but Bobby's song are and were the best compensation ; Still have his songs, hey! thank u for real music! C
Oh my this song was so many years ago.but it still brings back the greatest memory!
19jerryhahn6 5
Bobby Vinton will be at the Riverside casino in Riverside , Iowa April 27th
I am thoroughbred Polish~~and love my Polish Prince...He even kissed me on the lips in Vegas. My husband teased me & told everyone that I didn't wash my face for months!!
Everyone used to tease me about how much I loved him when I was in high school-and yes-you young folks now-do not have a clue about going parking and listening to some romantic music--loved him then-love him now!!!! If my husband would go parking now----I would take him to a romantic place and listen to Bobby Vinton!
meadowbrookn u t c a s e 0 2
would give up my 1st born to see himreally would love to see him .loved his music since i was a little kid.over 50 yrs
seniorsam09
I just love this guy!
felixandlett y
I never get tired of listening to Mr Bobby's voice.
Bobby voice is why people lesson to him. It's there voice not the music we like. Voices like Eddy Arnold & Jim Reeves
Still my favorite singer.
ladyblueeyes 1 9 5 9
I love his music - so romantic. Just so easy to listen to.
One of my alltime favorits. i am in my 70s and when I hear his music it bring back my youth.
Irene (wicks) Yager
johnnywowk
The Polish Prince!!!
snake4567
Didn'y Brian Highland do the original of Sealed With a Kiss?
maryd103
I LOVE Bobby Vinton!! I have seen him several times over the years, even kissed him once, it was at a concert back in the 70's!! His music is timeless and I could listen to it forever!!
jrobinssr
Unlike myself Bobby's music is timeless, I think of the first time I heard him and it takes me back to another lifetime, then the image in the mirror slams me back to the here and now...
So so happy to catch his songs again in USA. He used to be my favorate singer and whose songs had acompanied me during my university entry test preparing days in Taiwan
A fellow Polish person. What a soft and sensual voice! He could sing the alphabet and make it sensuous! I have never had the pleasure of seeing him perform, and hope I may still have the chance to. How can you not love that sound he has and the way he brings romance into your heart? I do not know anyone who can resist him.
ejm604
My very favorite...a n d still performing!
steve3691
This guy was truly great. As the years pass by and you listen to his music it is apparent that he was one of the very best!
WOW! Bobby Vinton takes me back to the good ole days; when music touched your heart and soul.
pstanu
He brings back such vivid memories with every song. I can remember who I was dating and getting your heart broken feeling so in love. Memories are great!
vwiemer
When I was a kid....oh so long ago, I used to listen to Bobby Vinton's love songs and dreamed of the perfect guy who would be broken hearted when we weren't together. Blue on Blue, Blue Velvet ahhhh... such sweet memories. I am so grateful for the wonderful music that we have in our lives. Something magical about a song, isn't there? Keep singing, even if the grandkids think you are hoakey.
Every era seems to have crooner that was popular with all age groups. After Bobby, Barry Manilow was the signature crooner for the next couple of decades and now we have Michael Buble. There is always a place in everyone's heart for romantic songs!
bdillion50
Betsy colorado says: great music for parking hey kids you really need to check it out!when dating was special with you & your honey.
Well said, Lanny!
a great time past, best years, when the girls were girls.
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