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Bobby Vinton


  • He was awarded an honorary doctoral degree in music from Duquesne University.
  • A Monday night TV special Bobby did for CBS drew higher ratings than Monday Night Football.
  • He is proficient at many of the instruments in big-band movie and plays them in his shows, including piano, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, drums and oboe.
  • The David Lynch movie Blue Velvet is inspired by and named after Bobby’s 1963 #1 hit of the same name.
  • He discovered his first hit single “Roses Are Red (My Love)” in a record label reject pile. The song spent four weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100.
  • His number one hit “Mr. Lonely” is the basis for the Akron hit song “Lonely”.
  • His father, Stan Vinton, was a popular bandleader in the Pittsburgh area.
  • He served in the US Army
  • He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of fame, at 6916 Hollywood Blvd.
  • He formed his first band at 16 and earned enough money for college playing in Pittsburgh area clubs.
  • He co-starred in two of John Wayne’s movies, Big Jake and The Train Robbers.
  • He has a bachelor’s degree in Musical Composition
  • He has his own theater in Branson, Missouri called “The Bobby Vinton Blue Velvet Theatre
  • Throughout his career he has sold more than 75 million records.
  • He attended, and graduated from, Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.
  • His son Robbie portrayed his father in the movie Goodfellas.

50s, 60s Hits

Blue On Blue
Blue Velvet
Mr Lonely
Roses Are Red
There I've Said It Again

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