Bobby Vinton - 2017 Legacy Legend Nominee
• The Canonsburg native, known as the “Polish Prince,” had more
than 40 different singles on the national charts during the
Top 40 era. One of few artists to span the generation gap, his records were bought by teens and adults alike.
• Billboard Magazine called him "the most successful love singer of
the “Rock-Era.” From 1962 to '72, he had more #1 records than any
other solo male artist. His certified million-sellers include “Roses Are Red,” which he credits KDKA’s Clark Race for breaking, as well
as “I Love How You Love Me” and “My Melody of Love.”
• Still entertaining audiences today, he’s had great success updating
past hits for new generations, which considered them new songs.
It took no less than the Beatles’ “I Want to Hold Your Hand” to knock his remake of the 1945 hit, “There - I’ve Said It Again” out
of No. 1.
• Prior to his solo career, his Bobby Vinton Orchestra frequently
backed rock ‘n roll artists performing at local record shops,
West View Park, Kennywood and the Civic Arena (notably at the
Porky Chedwick Groove Spectacular). His band backed artists
including Fabian, Chubby Checker and Duane Eddy on the 1960
Show of Stars national tour.
• The Bobby Vinton Variety Show aired on TV from 1975-78, featuring
artists including the Spinners, Donna Summer and Petula Clark.
In 1978, Bobby Vinton’s Rock ‘N’ Rollers aired on CBS-TV.
• He created and still performs at his 1600-seat Blue Velvet Theatre
in Branson, Mo. He is the recipient of many accolades, including an honorary doctoral degree in music from his alma mater, Duquesne University, and a bronze star on the world famous Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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