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Blue Velvet by Bobby Vinton

Bobby Vinton's "Blue Velvet"

Traditional Pop

Bobby Vinton’s song “Blue on Blue” was very  successful for him, going to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1963. So Vinton decided to record an album of songs with “blue” in the title.  (This included “Blue Moon,” “Blue Hawaii,” “Am I Blue,” and more). Publisher Al Gallico sent Vinton a copy of “Blue Velvet,” which was a big hit for Tony Bennett in 1951, and Vinton included it as part of his project. His version of “Blue Velvet” went to #1 in 1963 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and the Adult Contemporary Chart. In the U.K. it went only to #33 that year, but a reissue in 1990 rose to #2 as well as #7 in Australia and #9 in South Korea.

Here are the lyrics to “Blue Velvet” by Bobby Vinton:

“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

She wore 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

Blue velvet”

“Blue Velvet” has a long history. It was written by Bernie Wayne and Lee Morris in 1950 . There have been numerous covers, including a recording by The Clovers that was released in 1954. Other versions include those by Brenda Lee, The Lettermen, Sammy Davis, Jr., The Moonglows, The Countdown Singers, Lana Del Rey, and Barry Manilow, among many others. David Lynch’s 1986 film Blue Velvet was inspired by the song and features it prominently (although creepily). No spoilers here, if you haven’t seen it.

Vinton was born Stanley Robert Vinton, Jr., in Canonsburg, PA, in 1935, and his father was a bandleader. (Perry Como came from the same town.)  Bobby was in the U.S. Army and has had a successful musical career that spans many decades. Besides singing, he play plays the clarinet, oboe, sax, piano, drums, and trumpet. Some of his hits include “Roses are Red (My Love),” “Blue on Blue,” “Blue Velvet,” “There! I’ve Said it Again,” “Mr. Lonely,” and “My Melody of Love.”

If you would like to read about Bobby Vinton’s song “Roses are Red,” please click here. Or click here for Bobby Vinton’s song “Blue on Blue.”

If you are interested in more of Bobby Vinton’s music, please consider this: Greatest Hits

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