Bobby Vinton

Bobby Vinton


Bobby Vinton
Music: South side of the 6900 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Born April 16, 1935 in Canonsburg, Pa.

Revered as the "Polish Prince of Pop," Bobby Vinton is a singer perhaps best known for the love song "Roses Are Red."

Vinton was at the forefront of pop music, charting several top 10 singles in the '50s and '60s such as "Mr. Lonely" and "Blue Velvet."

Among other songs he recorded include "There! I've Said It Again," "To Know You Is to Love You" and "That's What I Like."

He was also the host of "The Bobby Vinton Show," a variety show aimed at entertaining the entire family.

"It's a family-oriented music show," he said in 1985. "We're not going to get the hard rockers, the 12-year-old punk rockers. But for the average public who wants to see a music show, we're going to give them variety."

His career began to take a different road in the '90s as he toured strictly on the oldies circuit without the benefit of a record deal, turning his act into a schlocky, Las-Vegas-style revue.

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