Bobby Vinton
American musician
Bobby Vinton
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.
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Good Morning, News!
The Portland Mercury - over 3 years
Is there anything more hopeful than a Saturday morning? I've got plans and schemes today, y'all. Achy schemes. And how better to arm oneself for Saturday's permutations than with knowledge? Break bread with me. If I asked you to guess whether House Republicans acted rationally yesterday or dug a series of meaningless, pugnacious trenches in imagined service of a point, which would you pick? YOU'D BE RIGHT! They've voted to defund the Affordable Care Act in exchange for keeping government lights on, and are planning to vote on a measure that would delay the act's implementation for a year. Neither measure has a chance in the Senate, but there is a very real possibility the emerging standoff will play havoc with the financial markets. Speaking of Obamacare, the Tribune's got a story on how Portland's substance abuse workers are bracing for impact as thousands qualify for subsidized treatment January 1. People are really worried about this. I'm skeptical it will be ...
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Bobby Vinton Reached Number One For the First Time 50 Years Ago This Week
Seattle Pi - over 4 years
Bobby Vinton Reached Number One For the First Time 50 Years Ago This Week Seattle Post-Intelligencer Copyright 2012 Seattle Post-Intelligencer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 07:26 a.m., Sunday, July 15, 2012 The amazing thing was not that he had a number one hit during the pre-Beatles era in the United States, but that his brand of pop/easy listening music kept charting through the British Invasion, the psychedelic rock era, and on into the disco and punk eras. Two instrumental albums followed with no commercial success. Vinton emerged from the music scrap heap with the first number one single in the label's history.
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Our hearts belong to Bobby Vinton
The Morning Call - Blogs - over 4 years
What a treat! Went to hear Bobby Vinton, "The Polish Prince," at the State Theatre in Easton. He was fabulous. One of the best performances I've ever seen. His singing, his versatility — he could play almost every instrument and he has a great stage presence. I definitely would go to see him again. He deserved every bit of the standing ovations. As his song goes, "Our hearts belong to only you," Bobby Vinton.
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Franki Valli, Bobby Vinton at State Theatre
The Morning Call - Blogs - over 4 years
Oldies rule at the State Theatre in Easton this weekend.
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Macungie Resident Eric Kearns Celebrating 20 years & 4,000th Performance
Lower Macugnie Patch - almost 5 years
Unique Entertainer Celebrating 20 Years and 4,000th Performance as Vocal Impressionist What does seasoned entertainer Eric Kearns have in common with Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond, Johnny Mathis, Bobby Vinton, Perry Como, Louis Armstrong, and many other legendary singers?  During his live performances he has the uncanny ability to sound like all of them. Over the past twenty years - numbering some 4,000 performances - Kearns’ solo performance has consistently brought a ‘who’s who’ list of singers alive on stage. Six years ago he launched his unique Voices of Legends entertainment show. Allentown, PA–based Kearns has been delighting and amazing audiences throughout the country, delivering his Las Vegas-caliber show in various venues including Theaters, Country Clubs, Active Adult Communities, Resorts, and now Casinos. Some of his corporate clients have included Johnson & Johnson, Binney & Smith, Swiss Reinsurance, Kohl’s, Computer Aide, Inc., and Agere. A ...
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Grand Ole Opry Honors Keith Urban; Nicki Minaj Tops Billboard 200
Voice of America - almost 5 years
Nicki Minaj Tops Billboard 200 Nicki Minaj debuts at Number One on this week’s Billboard 200 chart with her new album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.  First-week sales reached 253,000 copies.  Its first single, “Starships,” holds at Number 6 on this week’s Hot 100 list.  Other Top 10 entries on the Billboard 200 include Changed by Rascal Flatts at Number 3, My Head Is An Animal by Of Monsters and Men at Number 6 and I Win by Marvin Sapp at Number 9. Grand Ole Opry to Induct Keith Urban <!--IMAGE-LEFT--> On April 21, Keith Urban will be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.  He was given the news at his April 10 “All For The Hall” benefit concert in Nashville.  Urban hosts the annual charity show to raise funds for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.  Near the end of the event, Vince Gill brought Rascal Flatts on stage to present Urban with a black duffel bag that contained the Opry’s signature microphone stand.  After Gill invited Keith to become the Opry’s newest memb ...
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Five Things You Need to Know Today: April 16, 2012
Braintree Patch - almost 5 years
Born on this day in history: Pope Benedict XVI (1927), singer Bobby Vinton (1935), Bill Belichick (1952), actor Jon Cryer (1965), comedian Martin Lawrence (1965) and singer Akon (1973). 1. Today is Patriot's Day, also known as Marathon Monday for the Boston Marathon. 2. Spring Break starts today for Braintree Public Schools students. 3. Because of the holiday, state and local government offices are closed today, including Thayer Public Library. 4. There are Braintree High School sports today, though. Check out a schedule here: http://www.highschoolsports.net/school/Braintree-High-School-Braintree-MA/All/All/All. 5. And the Senior Center is still kicking, with the following activities today: 10 a.m. Scrabble 11 a.m. QiGong/Tai Chi Noon Pool Players and Poker 12:30 p.m. Line Dancing 1 p.m. Trivia & Coffee
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CASINO TRIPS - Vineland Daily Journal
Google News - over 5 years
Cost $75, includes transportation, $20 slot credit, buffet and ticket to the Bobby Vinton Holiday Show. Bus leaves from the shopping center parking lot at 11 am, and from the Buena Borough Hall at 11:15 am (856) 697-3061. (856) 697-0914
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MTSU Notable Alumni - The Daily News Journal
Google News - over 5 years
George Clinton ('69) - Has worked as keyboardist/arranger with artists such as Joan Baez, Everly Bros., Bobby Vinton, Johnny Paycheck, etc. Has produced musical works for artists such as Madeline Kahn, Dr. John, Cheech & Chong
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Something to cluck about: Chicken Pie Diner turns 20 - Pomerado Newspaper Group
Google News - over 5 years
Among dozens of wall photos are Elvis Presley, Bobby Vinton, Marilyn Monroe, Lucille Ball, TV's “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet,” Cary Grant, John Wayne and more. Pearl said over half of items were donated from customers
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Might as well face it: We're addicted to the '80s - Montreal Gazette
Google News - over 5 years
There was Bobby Vee, Bobby Vinton, Bobby Rydell and their assorted coifs and Pepsodent smiles. Original music has always been out there; it's just that the powers-that-be have an interest in encouraging more of the same, until the well runs dry
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'America the Beautiful' highlights Page 2 Jeopardy! - ESPN
Google News - over 5 years
Answer: This NFL coach professed his love for the music of Lil Wayne this week, but says he's "versatile" and listens to everything from Barbra Streisand to the Foo Fighters and Bobby Vinton. 5. Answer: He's an NBA player who's been in the spotlight
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Chiefs coach scores points with rapper Lil Wayne - The Associated Press
Google News - over 5 years
... "Props to Tech 9 and the KC Chiefs Coach Haley and (hash)24 B. Flowers for the luv!" Several players said they appreciated Haley's taste in music, though they weren't told that Haley admitted to listening to Barbara Streisand and Bobby Vinton, too
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OFFBEAT: Drury Lane's 'Sweeney Todd' a dark and sinfully satisfying audience ... - nwitimes.com
Google News - over 5 years
Musician/manager Robby Vinton (son of Bobby Vinton) is 47. Actress Kyra Sedgwick and actor Kevin Dillon are 46. Country singer Lee Ann Womack is 45. Former MTV reporter Tabitha Soren is 44. Rapper Nate Dogg and country singer Clay Walker and actor
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CM Punk: No Gimmick Needed - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
Bobby Vinton. Never have I personally seen one WWE Superstar who could captivate the audience without any catch phrases, witty jokes, or taunts. Many of us in the IWC saw Punk's potential from his ROH days, but never would any of us thought his legacy
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Cyril Ornadel - Telegraph.co.uk
Google News - over 5 years
Other artists – including Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr, Bobby Vinton and Dionne Warwick – queued up to record it. Ornadel had enjoyed an earlier hit song with Portrait of My Love. Recorded under duress by the balladeer Matt Monro, who disliked it
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Sprague rummage sale still a draw after 25 years - Norwich Bulletin
Google News - over 5 years
Among the items for sale this year is a large white pin from a 1992 concert at Foxwoods Resort Casino by country music legend Kenny Rogers and a box full of eight-track cartridges featuring the likes of Barry Manilow, Jim Reeves and Bobby Vinton
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Paglia: Polka beat leads to more memories - Monessen Valley Independent
Google News - over 5 years
Playing with other bands during that time, I also had the pleasure of backing such artists as The Four Freshmen, Perry Como, Bobby Vinton, The Temptations, The Jaggerz and Jimmy Beaumont and the Skyliners. Among the leaders of those great bands were
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Bobby Vinton
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2011
    Age 75
    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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  • 2007
    Age 71
    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".
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  • 2002
    Age 66
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Vinton returns to Branson annually for limited engagements at the theater. Billboard Magazine called Bobby Vinton "the all-time most successful love singer of the 'Rock-Era'". From 1962 through 1972, Vinton had more Billboard number 1 hits than any other male vocalist, including Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra. In recognition of his recording career, Bobby Vinton has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6916 Hollywood Blvd.
  • FORTIES
  • 1983
    Age 47
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Years earlier in 1965, he played George Reynolds in the episode "Patty and the Newspaper Game" on ABC's sitcom, The Patty Duke Show. Vinton and his wife, Dolores "Dolly" Dobbins, have been married since December 17, 1962. They reside in Englewood, Florida, and have five children: Robert (who played Vinton in the 1990 film Goodfellas), Kristin, Christopher, Jennifer (who later legally changed her first name to Hannah after getting married), and Rebecca.
  • 1978
    Age 42
    The song was written by Johnny Prill and was based on the 1978 autobiography The Polish Prince – Bobby Vinton.
    More Details Hide Details Vinton appeared in seven acting roles during his singing career, commencing with the beach party movie Surf Party in 1964. He was also cast as Jeff McCandles in the 1971 John Wayne film, Big Jake and another Wayne film, The Train Robbers (1973), as Ben Young.
    Vinton's alma mater, Duquesne University, awarded him an honorary doctorate in music in 1978.
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    In 1978 CBS TV aired Bobby Vinton's Rock N' Rollers a one-hour special that achieved top ratings.
    More Details Hide Details Earlier in the decade, Vinton also starred in two John Wayne movies, Big Jake and The Train Robbers.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1974
    Age 38
    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.
    More Details Hide Details A gold album, Melodies of Love, followed as well as more Top 40 pop hits (the traditional "Beer Barrel Polka", also sung partially in Polish, and "Dick And Jane" in 1975), a successful half-hour variety show The Bobby Vinton Show (which aired from 1975 to 1978), which used "My Melody of Love" as its theme song; ABC Records subsequently released an album of songs performed on the show.
  • 1968
    Age 32
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In the 1970s the "Polish Prince" continued to hit the Top 40, notably with "Ev'ry Day of My Life", produced by Jimmy "The Wiz" Wizner and CBS recording engineer Jim Reeves, which peaked at number 24 on 29 April 1972, and "Sealed With a Kiss" hitting number 19 on 19–26 August 1972. Despite the success of the two hits, Epic Records decided to drop Vinton from his contract the next year, claiming that his days of selling records were over. Undeterred, Vinton spent $50,000 of his own money on "My Melody of Love", partially self-written and partially sung in Polish. The suggestion for the song came from Vinton's mother.
  • 1967
    Age 31
    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.
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  • 1966
    Age 30
    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".
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1965
    Age 29
    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.
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  • 1964
    Age 28
    In 1964, Vinton had two number 1 hits, "There!
    More Details Hide Details I've Said It Again" (a number 1 hit in 1945 for Vaughn Monroe) and "Mr. Lonely". Vinton's version of "There! I've Said It Again" is noteworthy for being the last U.S. Billboard number-one single of the pre-Beatles era, deposed from the Hot 100's summit by "I Want to Hold Your Hand". Also noteworthy is the fact that Vinton continued to have big hit records during the British Invasion, scoring 16 top-ten hits, while Connie Francis, Ricky Nelson, the Shirelles, and other major artists of the early 1960s struggled to reach even the Top 30. Vinton wrote "Mr. Lonely" during his chaplain's assistant service in the U.S. Army in the late 1950s. The song was recorded during the same 1962 session that produced "Roses Are Red" and launched Vinton's singing career. It was released as an album track on the 1962 Roses Are Red (and other songs for the young & sentimental) LP. Despite pressure from Vinton to release it as a single, Epic instead had Buddy Greco release it and it flopped. Two years and millions of records sold later, Bobby prevailed on Epic to include "Mr. Lonely" on his Bobby Vinton's Greatest Hits LP. Soon DJs picked up on the song and airplay resulted in demand for a single release. "Mr. Lonely" shot up the charts in the late fall of 1964 to reach number 1 on the Hot 100 on 12 December 1964.
  • 1963
    Age 27
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In 1990, "Blue Velvet" reached number 2 in the UK Singles Chart, after being featured in a Nivea commercial. The 1990 reissue also hit number 3 in the Irish Singles Chart and number 7 in Australia.
  • 1960
    Age 24
    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".
    More Details Hide Details The break for the Epic Records contract had come after Vinton and his band appeared on Guy Lombardo's TV Talent Scouts program. However, two albums and several singles were not successful, and with Epic ready to pull the plug, Vinton found his first hit single literally sitting in a reject pile. The song was titled "Roses Are Red (My Love)". Vinton had to do his own promotion for the song; he bought one thousand copies and hired a young woman to deliver a copy of the record and a dozen red roses to every local DJ. It spent four weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1935
    Born
    Born on April 16, 1935.
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