Bobby Vinton’s “Blue Velvet” goes No. 1 on Hot 100 in 1963

The most famous version of the song reached the top of the charts where it remained for two weeks

Bobby Vinton’s “Blue Velvet” goes No. 1 on Hot 100 in 1963

Originally recorded in 1951 by Tony Bennet, “Blue Velvet” most famous version came through the voice of Bobby Vinton in 1963.  Vinton’s version reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on the 21st September, 1963 and remained at No. 1 for the subsequent two weeks.”Blue Velvet” also afforded Vinton a No. 1 hit on the U.S. Middle-Road Singles chart, where its No. 1 tenure was eight weeks. Aside of “Blue Velvet”, Bobby Vinton scored a hit with “Blue On Blue” wich prompted the recording of the “Blue on Blue” album comprising songs featuring the word “blue” in the title. Vinton’s friend, music publisher Al Gallico, suggested “Blue Velvet” as a Blue on Blue album track and sent his secretary with a dollar to a music store to purchase the song’s sheet music; an hour later, Vinton had recorded “Blue Velvet” in two takes. Vinton’s recording failed to make the British charts when originally released, but a re-release in 1990 reached No. 2 on the UK Singles Chart, with “Blue on Blue” as the B-side, as the song had a ressurgence during the late 1980’s with the David Lynch movie “Blue Velvet” and also was featured on some TV commercials particularly in Europe.

Watch Bobby Vinton performing “Blue Velvet” at The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964

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