Singer Bobby Vinton has been called "the most successful love singer of the 'Rock-Era" by Billboard Magazine. Beginning with his first hit "Roses Are Red" in 1962 through 1972 he had more #1 records than any other solo male artist. He has sold over 75 million records and has received numerous gold records. He had 28 Top 40 hits. Among his hits are the classic songs Blue Velvet, Mr. Lonely, There I’ve Said It Again, and My Melody of Love. He was honored with star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Born in 1935 as Stanley Robert Vintula Jr. in Canonsburg, Pa, his is the son of a local band leader, Stan Vintula. As a boy Bobby studied music and formed his first band at age 15. The band, originally named the Hilites, became the Tempos. They played local dances at West View Park, Kennywood, and proms. After graduating from Canonsburg High School in 1952, Bobby majored in music at Duquesne University earning a degree in Music Composition. He served in the Army for two years after college.
Out of the army, Bobby reformed his band and they appeared on Guy Lombardo's "TV Talent Scouts" for four weeks. Promoter Pat DiCesare formed a label called Bobby Records and released two singles recorded by Vinton "Halellujah I Love Her So" and "Twilight Time." They received some local airplay that attracted the attention of Epic Records. Signing with Epic in 1960, Vinton released two albums and several singles of big band music. Showing little success Epic was about to cancel Vinton’s contract. Bobby switched to vocalist and sang a re-recording of a song that he found in the Epic Record reject pile. Bobby took the record to Clark Race of KDKA radio who agreed to play it. That single “Roses Are Red” reached #1 on the national charts in 1962 selling over four million copies. In addition to being Vinton’s first chart topper, tt was als Epic Records first number 1 song. Bobby’s chart toping success continued into the 1970s.
In 1974 Bobby turned to his Polish roots. He wrote a song for his mother that included Polish lyrics: "My Melody of Love." Seven major labels rejected it, but ABC Records release it. The song became a multi-million selling single reaching #3 on the Hot 100, #2 on the Cashbox Top 100 chart, and #1 on the AC chart. Vinton follow that up with a n#33 hit records of the "Beer Barrel Polka" in 1975. His did a series of concerts celebrating the Polish and thus became the “Polish Prince”. The government of Poland honored him with an invitation to visit as their guest.
At the height of his popularity Vinton’s television show, which ran from 1975 to 1978, “The Bobby Vinton Variety Show” was syndicated in over 140 cities in the United States and Canada. Vinton starred in two John Wayne movies: "Big Jake" and "The Train Robbers". Today Vinton performs at the Bobby Vinton Blue Velvet Theater in Branson, in Atlantic City, Las Vegas and other cities around the world.
The town of Canonsburg honored Bobby Vinton naming two streets after him Bobby Vinton Boulevard and Bobby Vinton Drive.. They also honored him with a parade on July 4, 2010. Bobby rode down the main street with his old friends.
All Music Guide Discography
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