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Bobby Vinton (born April 16, 1935) is an American
pop music singer. Born in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania (near
Pittsburgh), he was the son of a locally popular band leader,
Stan Vinton. 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,
Bobby Vinton had more #1 hits than any other male
vocalist, including Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra.
In the course of his career, Bobby Vinton has sold over 75 million records and is still performing on tour as well as at the Bobby Vinton Blue Velvet Theatre in Branson, Missouri.
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Bobby Vinton formed his first band at the age of 16, which played clubs around the Pittsburgh area. With the money he earned, he helped finance his college education at Duquesne University, where he studied music and graduated with a degree in musical composition. While at Duquesne, Bobby Vinton became proficient on all of the instruments in the band: piano, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, drums and oboe.
Bobby Vinton was signed to Epic records in 1960 as a bandleader under the title: "A Young Man With a Big Band". Two albums and several singles were not successful, however, and with Epic ready to pull the plug, Bobby Vinton found his first hit single literally sitting in a reject pile. The song was titled "Roses are Red (My Love)". It spent three weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Arguably, his most famous song is 1963's "Blue Velvet" that also went to #1. In 1964, Bobby Vinton had two #1 hits, "There! I've Said It Again" and "Mr. Lonely", the latter now being the basis for Akon's hit "Lonely".
In the 1970s, the "Polish Prince" continued to hit the top forty, notably with "Evr'y Day of My Life" and "Sealed With a Kiss" in 1972. That same year, Epic Records decided to end its relationship with Bobby Vinton and ended his recording contract. Undeterred, he spent his own money to produce a self-written song sung partially in Polish, "My Melody of Love". After Bobby Vinton was turned down by 7 major labels, ABC Records bought his idea and the result was a multi-million selling single that hit #1 on the AC charts in 1974. A Gold Album, Melodies of Love, followed as well as a successful half-hour variety show "The Bobby Vinton Show" that aired from 1975 to 1978. He also starred in two John Wayne movies: "Big Jake" and "The Train Robbers".