September 30, 2014
Bobby Vinton had the blues in 1963, which was a good thing. His “Blue On Blue” peaked at number three on the BILLBOARD Hot 100 during the summer. It was decided to release an entire album of songs with blue in the title. Songs such as “Blue Moon,” “Am I Blue,” and “Blue Hawaii” were quickly recorded. “Blue Velvet” was one of the last songs recorded, just to fill out the album.
The label decided to release “Blue Velvet” as a single despite Vinton’s objections. This time the label was right. The song entered the Hot 100 on August 10, 1963. On September 21, it became his second number one single. It remained on top of the charts for three weeks and has been played at proms for decades.
Bobby Vinton would place 47 singles on the national pop charts with four reaching number one but “Blue Velvet” remains his signature song.
May 24, 2011
While the first record I ever bought with my own money was “The Little Old Lady From Pasadena,” this was one of a few 45’s that was in the house before that historic purchase. It somehow found its way into my collection.
“Blue Velvet,” today is most associated with Bobby Vinton, whose version topped the American singles chart for three weeks during 1963. It was originally a hit for Tony Bennett during 1951.
The Statues were a three person vocal group from Nashville consisting of James Cason, Hugh Jarrett, and Richard Williams. It was a nice pop version with tight harmonies. It reached number 84 on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart during the late summer of 1960. It deserved to be a bigger hit.
“Keep The Hall Light Burning” was the flip side and it was a tight up-tempo pop song with more excellent harmonies.
“Blue Velvet” would be The Statues only chart single as they would quickly disappear leaving behind this obscure but pleasant song.
March 31, 2010
Today many people forget just how many hits Bobby Vinton has had during his long career. He placed 47 songs on THE BILLBOARD MAGAZINE top 100 pop charts from 1962 to 1980.
He began his career as the band leader for Dick Clark’s Caravan of Stars during 1960. In 1962 he left the band and embarqued upon a solo career.
“Blue Velvet” may be his best known release. One can not even guess how many times this love ballad was played at proms and school dances during the sixties.
“Blue Velvet” has a long history. Tony Bennett had a hit with it during 1951 and the vocal group The Statues had a version that reached number 84 on The United States singles charts during 1960.
It is Bobby Vinton’s version that remains the definitive one. It remained in the number one position on the singles charts for three weeks during late summer of 1963. A perfect vocal and excellent arrangements all added up to one of the best make out songs in music history.