It Happened 50 Years Ago: Bobby Vinton “Mr. Lonely”

Pennsylvania-born musician Bobby Vinton has four number one hits on Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart to his name. His very first charting single, “Roses Are Red (My Love),” topped the chart for four weeks in 1962. Then, “Blue Velvet” spent three weeks atop the chart in 1963, and “There! I’ve Said It Again” held the top spot for four weeks to start off 1964. After beginning 1964 at number one, Vinton came just two weeks shy of ending the year at number one as well. On this date 50 years ago, Vinton’s song “Mr. Lonely” ascended to the pinnacle position, where it would spend one week. “Mr. Lonely” is Vinton’s final chart-topping hit.

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