After signing to Epic, two albums failed to sell but, owing the record company two singles, Vinton recorded the country-sounding Roses Are Red (My Love) in 1962 which promptly went to #1 in the US, shifting three million copies.
Although it broke into the UK Top 20, it was outsold in Britain by a cover version from Ronnie Carroll.
Vinton then enjoyed two more successive #1’s in the US with Blue Velvet and There! I’ve Said It Again. Both were cover versions.
Tony Bennett first recorded Blue Velvet in 1951, and There! had been a US #1 for Vaughn Monroe in 1945.
Vinton’s return to the charts in the 1970s with My Melody of Love caught the attention of Canadian TV producers Allan Blye and Chris Bearde, who took him to Canada to do a 30-minute musical variety series called The Bobby Vinton Show for CTV and for US syndication.
The series ran for 61 episodes between 1975 and 1978.
Blue Velvet made the UK #2 spot in 1990 when it was re-released on the back of a Nivea TV commercial.