Monday, November 3, 2008

Blue Monday

Hello, and welcome again to Blue Monday hosted by the most smiling one, Sally at http://smilingsally.blogspot.com/. Make sure you go and visit Sally to see all of the Blueness today!





I would like to feature today the Blueness of Bobby Vinton. He had three number one hits that were Blue - Roses are Red (Violets are Blue), Blue Velvet and Blue on Blue. This young man had the sweetest clearest voice. I could listen to his old songs all day!!
Bobby Vinton was a pop singer through the 1950's, 60's and 70's.


Although seldom thought of as a rock and roll singer, Bobby Vinton is sometimes identified with a rock audience because his music was bought mostly by young listeners during his heyday, and because he still catches some airplay on oldies stations. Billboard Magazine called Bobby Vinton "the all-time most successful love singer of the 'Rock-Era'". During the first ten years of rock and roll's existence, Vinton had more #1 hits than any other male vocalist, including Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra. This info and the following is from: http://www.classicbandscom/

Bobby was born in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania (a suburb of Pittsburgh), the son of a locally popular band leader, Stan Vinton. As a young boy, his parents encouraged him to study music, and at the age of sixteen, Bobby formed his first band. The group played clubs around the Pittsburgh area and with the money he earned, Bobby helped finance his college education at Duquesne University. There, he studied music and graduated with a degree in Musical Composition. While at Duquesne, he became proficient on all of the instruments in the band: piano, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, drums and oboe.


After a short stint in the army, (which served
as the inspiration for one of his biggest hits,
"Mr. Lonely"), Bobby and his band recorded
some demo records which Bobby started
taking to as many radio stations as he could.
At one such station, a DJ flipped one of the
demos over and heard Bobby singing. He was
impressed enough to take the disc to CBS.
Label executives signed Vinton and released
Bobby's first single, "Roses Are Red", which
launched his career as a vocalist. The record
climbed to the #1 spot on the U.S. charts and
eventually sold over four million copies.



The syrupy arrangement set the mould for his plaintive, occasional 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 the commercial end 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 amazing feat in 1967 and 1968, the age of flower power rock.
Vinton launched a major comeback in 1974 with "Melody of Love," which made number three, and enjoyed the distinction of being the only major American hit single sung partially in Polish. He also hosted a highly rated network variety show for CBS Television and starred in two John Wayne movies: "Big Jake" and "The Train Robbers".
In the 1980's, after performing to packed houses in Branson, Missouri, Bobby built the 'Bobby Vinton Blue Velvet Theatre', a 1600 seat European style theatre , complete with ceiling murals, Italian tile and of course, blue velvet accents. He kept the theater for ten years before going back to touring the country.
Over the past several years, Bobby has been honored by over one hundred national organizations and more than a dozen mayors across the United States for his unique contributions to the ethnic communities. He was invited to Poland as a guest of the government. As a tribute to his talents and community services, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce bestowed the ultimate honour upon Vinton -- a bronze star on the world famous Hollywood Walk of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard.

Wasn't he just the cutest thing?


I was in elementary school when he had his hit "Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue" ~ 1962. Along with my little girlfriends, we just cried at the lyrics. We were sillies, I know!!


"Roses are red, my love. Violets are Blue. Sugar is sweet, my love, but not as sweet as you."


Once Bobby decided to record an album with Blue songs ~ Blue Moon, Blue Hawaii, Am I Blue, Lavender Blue. I'm telling you, Bluest Ones, this man was very very Blue!


Bobby's Blue songs ~ Roses Are Red (Violets Are Blue), Blue Velvet and Blue on Blue were all bitter sweet songs. So sad about love lost! Boo Hoo! Sniff Sniff.

But that sweet clear voice continues to sing to me over the oldies radio stations.


Now if you're too young to know about this dear Blue Bobby, you can go to YouTube and here him sing. But I will warn you...get some tissues out for his Blue Sad Songs..
Be Blue sweeties,

I'll leave you with a little Blue Note Song ~
Blue Velvet
She wore blue velvet
Bluer than velvet was the night
Softer than satin was the light
From the stars
She wore blue velvet
Bluer than velvet were her eyes
Warmer than May her tender sighs
Love was ours
Ours a love I held tightly
Feeling the rapture grow
Like a flame burning brightly
But when she left, gone was the glow of
Blue velvet
But in my heart there'll always be
Precious and warm, a memory
Through the years
And I still can see blue velvet
Through my tears
~ sung by the Blue Bobby Vinton ~ sniff sniff :'(

51 comments:

  1. Wonderful singer, he was...and oh, so cute!!!

    Great post...

    ~Blessings,
    Jan

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  2. Oh Shelia, now your talking my era..just loved this guy right up there with Ricky..great post today..you did some study here..Hope you had a great weekend .missed you..I did Pink Saturday and had a ball..boy blogland can be fun..have a great day..Hugs and smiles Gloria

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  3. Good morning Shelia -
    One of my favorites. Oh, this brings back so many memories!
    ~Adrienne~

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  4. Hi Shelia,
    Thanks for the trip down memory lane! No one makes music like they used to in my opinion. That's about all I listen to is the oldies! LOL

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  5. I really enjoyed this post Shelia, not only fun and nostalgic but some good music history too! Thanks for this "blast from the past."

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  6. Good Morning Sheila,

    What a trip down memory lane...thank goodness his music doesn't make me feel blue! His music is beautiful isn't it?

    Have a wonderful Munday!
    Kathi :)

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  7. I have heard his music, he has an interesting history!

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  8. I loved him.... Thank you so much for this tribute to him... it was really a great post... Love Ya

    (((HUGS)))
    Donna

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  9. What a clever take on the Blue Day theme. I love that blue on blue song. some of these guys should be rereleased. It was really interesting too and wasnt he cute!! By the way Shelia I love the music on your blog just calm and beautiful. Very relaxing. I jsut stayed for a bit to listen. Have a great Monday now!

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  10. Sheila! You did not mention how cute he is! I always thought he was a cutie. Love his voice. I love his music. Happy Blue Monday!

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  11. Wonderful post Shelia!

    My friend, JoAnn, is camped at Branson, for a couple of weeks. They live only a short drive from there but always like spending time there during Fall.

    Several years ago, when they were at a Bobby Venton show, he came down into the audience and pulled JoAnn from her seat and sang to her. She has a great photo of that moment.

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  12. I wouldn't have been able to tell you the names of any of the songs he sang but after you mentioned them, I realized I know them all. LOL, and they'll be floating around my head the rest of the day, I'm sure.

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  13. I loved Bobby V. and remember that song so well, chickee!! It might even be in my iTunes......
    Smooches,
    Connie

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  14. Of course, I remember Bobby Vinton!! I swooned, too. It is refreshing to hear that before his public musical accomplishments, he graduated from college - that's rare! Happy blue Monday. Sally

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  15. I often think that I would love to step back in time to that era....love the music!

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  16. Oh I loved those songs.I used to know every word of them and sing with him like a little canary ! Ha !

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  17. Oh Sheila,my fav song of all is playing right now,SOMEWHERE IN TIME.As you said,sniff,sniff.ah---------.
    Oh,back to Bobby.Yes,he was a doll.I am going to show my age now,I was in High school when he "came out".The time of all the crushes and swooning.Yep.I remember it well.I had an olive green record player,an ugly color.Santa had brought it to me.Of course,I no longer believed,but if I said I didn't Santa would no longer come,right?
    I would sit in my room,by myself and listen to my records and dream,dream,dream.....You're right,his voice was like magic,so soft,soooooo romantic.Not bad on the eye either.Ahhhhhhhhhh the days.....Ann

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  18. Ahhh, Blue Velvet is a classic~ who doesn't love that song?!?
    That was neat reading his bio! Thanks.


    Buffie :)

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  19. I LOVE his blue songs....yes I know them by heart!!!!!

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  20. Too young for Bobby Vinton? I was married in 62... but Johnny did rob the cradle! I loved humming as I read your post. When he sang, "Rose are red, my love. Violets are blue." The word "blue" had 3 syllables: blu-ooo-oo
    Happy Blue Monday.

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  21. Oh the sweet memories of Bobby Vinton. Of course, I was a freak about Elvis Pressley. Stll am. LOL

    Hugs,
    Chris

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  22. My sister who is 10 years older than me loved him!! I grew up listening to his records. I enjoyed reading more about him!

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  23. Such nice memories for Blue Monday.

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  24. I was a big fan of Bobby Vinton. I used to have a blue doll that played Red Roses for a blue lady.

    Thanks for the memories.

    take care,
    Dawn

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  25. My mother used to listen to him! I remember her playing the 33s on the old console stereo ;0)

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  26. I love oldies! I know who Bobby Vinton is. Great Blue post Sheila!
    *hugs*

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  27. Hi Shelia
    Thank you for sharing Blue Monday...blue songs, stories and Bobby! I didn't know all that information before and its very interesting. He sure was a handsome looking guy eh? You have researched him well and thank you for sharing!
    Have a great day.
    Judi

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  28. Ahh, you are taking me back! I do remember him and his songs!! What a lovely historical post and tribute ot Bobby :0)

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  29. What a great idea for Blue Monday! He truly is a classic. ~ Robyn

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  30. He was one of my favorites when I was a young girl.

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  31. Hi Shelia...you pulled a good one out of the hat today...my gal pals & I went to his show in Branson a few years ago...
    he was still youthful looking and sounded as good as ever! I even bought some Bobby Vinton perfume...still have s smidge left...haha! ;-) Bo

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  32. What a coincidence, I was humming Blue Velvet when I came to this post!

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  33. Ohhh I loved Bobby Vinton songs!!!! I use to sing Blue Velvet all the time! lol Have a great day sweetie!

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  34. Oh what memories this post brought back. Almost had to get a tissue just thinking about how much I loved to cry to these songs. thanks so much for the memories. laurie

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  35. What a unique blue post, Shelia! I actually learned a lot, and I do like that song, Mr. Lonely!

    Justine :o )
    Btw... he was damn handsome in his prime too!

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  36. Now I'm going to find some of his music. I love the words to Blue Velvet.

    Hugs~ J.

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  37. Hey Shelia; I guess some one loves Bobby..... I love his songs too, they way he sang each word, was like he was singing just to you alone. AHHHHHHHH oh sorry did I faint..... lol
    Have a great week

    hugs;
    Alaura

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  38. Oh Shelia, What a wonderful post. How well I remember Bobby Vinton and his wonderful songs. My friends and I would ride around town with the radio turned up and sing "Roses Are Red." Those were wonderful times.
    Sweetie

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  39. Wow, I forgot about Bobby. Thanks for the reminder. Do you think he is still singing in Branson?? LOL. Laurie

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  40. Hi Ann! Oh, I was just like you! I stayed in my room and rocked in my rocking chair while my little turn table turned on my little blue record player!! Thanks for popping in!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  41. I always love Bobby! My favorite was Mr. Lonely....

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  42. I remember all people in Poland sang: "Moja droga, ja Cię kocham" that is translated as "My dearest, I love you". His nickname is the Polish Prince.

    Thank you so much for this beautiful post!

    A lot of blessings!

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  43. Mercy me do I remember all those songs from WAY WAY WAY WAy back then! Heee ♪♫♪♪♪♫♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ Kathy

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  44. He had some fabulous songs and a voice to die for.
    Great Blue post, Sheila girl...
    love, bj

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  45. Thank you for the lovely post about Bobby Vinton. My maiden name was "Sheila Vinton"! I have always wondered if there was a Vinton connection with Bobby and now, with your information, maybe I can figure this out. I've just recently retired from a career in music ministry...yes, playing the piano, directing choirs and orchestras. I think we have a lot in common, Shelia dear. Thanks again for your informative post.

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  46. Great idea for a Blue Monday post! I remember some of those songs, but he was more popular before my time.

    Kady

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  47. What areally great Blue Monday posting..I loved it. Have a wonderful week to come..:)

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  48. I loved this post...I always loved Mr. BV!
    But you know that now I will have this song in my head for days!! Hmmm...that is not a bad thing though is it?

    I rally enjoyed your posts about the family reunion!!

    Love,
    Sue

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