Bobby Vinton

Born Apr 16, 1935

Bobby Vinton is an American pop music singer of Polish ethnic background. In pop music circles, he became known as "The Polish Prince". His most popular song, "Blue Velvet", was a cover of the The Clovers' 1950s song that served as inspiration for a film of the same name, as well as one of the most popular covers of the song, when it peaked at number-one on the now renamed Billboard Pop Singles Chart.… Read More

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    The Portland Mercury - Sep 21, 2013
  • Bobby Vinton Reached Number One For The First Time 50 Years Ago This Week
    Seattle Pi - Jul 15, 2012
  • Our Hearts Belong To Bobby Vinton
    The Morning Call - Blogs - Jun 19, 2012
  • Franki Valli, Bobby Vinton At State Theatre
    The Morning Call - Blogs - Jun 07, 2012


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1935 Birth Born on April 16, 1935.


1960 25 Years Old After two years' service in the United States Army, when he served as a chaplain's assistant, Vinton was signed to Epic Records in 1960 as a bandleader: "A Young Man With a Big Band". … Read More
1963 28 Years Old Arguably, his most famous song is 1963's "Blue Velvet," originally a minor hit for Tony Bennett in 1951, that also went to number one. 23 years later, David Lynch named his movie Blue Velvet after the song. … Read More
1964 29 Years Old In 1964, Vinton had two number 1 hits, "There! … Read More


1965 30 Years Old In 1965, Vinton continued his "Lonely" success streak with the self-written "L-O-N-E-L-Y". "Long Lonely Nights" peaked at number 12 and spawned an album, Bobby Vinton Sings for Lonely Nights.
1966 31 Years Old Vinton's self-written 1966 hit, "Coming Home Soldier", was a favorite on request shows on the American Forces Network during the Cold War and Vietnam era, often called in by soldiers about to board the Freedom Bird that would take them back to the "Land of the Round Doorknobs".
1967 32 Years Old Vinton's lush 1967 remake of "Please Love Me Forever", which reached number 6 and sold over a million copies, began his string of twelve consecutive hits, all remakes, over a little less than five and a half years to reach the Hot 100.
1968 33 Years Old His 1968 hit, "I Love How You Love Me", surged to number 9, sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold record by the RIAA. … Read More
1974 39 Years Old After Vinton was turned down by six major labels, ABC Records bought Vinton's idea, and the result was a multi-million selling single of simple lyrics that hit number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, number 2 on the Cashbox Top 100 chart, and number1 on the AC chart in 1974. … Read More


In 1978 CBS TV aired Bobby Vinton's Rock N' Rollers a one-hour special that achieved top ratings. … Read More
1983 48 Years Old His last screen appearance was as Bobby Gaines in the 1983 episode "Chance of a Lifetime" on the NBC family drama television series, Boone, starring Barry Corbin, Tom Byrd, and Ronnie Claire Edwards. … Read More


2002 67 Years Old He owned, and performed at, the Bobby Vinton Blue Velvet Theatre in Branson, Missouri until 2002, when the theater was sold to David King, creator and producer of Spirit of the Dance. … Read More
2007 72 Years Old …  Harmony Korine named his 2007 film Mister Lonely after the latter and features the song in the film's opening, and it is now also the basis for Akon's hit, "Lonely".
2011 76 Years Old In 2011, Grammy Award winner Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra recorded the "Polish Prince" song, a tip of the hat to Vinton, and included it on their Grammy-nominated "Not Just Another Polka" CD.
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