Stanley Robert Vintula, Jr was born on April 16, 1935 in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, the son of a popular Pittsburgh bandleader. At 16 years of age Bobby Vinton formed his own band and began playing at various clubs to help finance his college education at Duquesne University, where before graduating with a degree in musical composition, he became proficient in playing the clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, drums and oboe.
Signed to a recording contract with Epic Records, Bobby had his first #1 hit, “Roses Are Red” in 1962, the first of nine gold singles. A year later he would reach the top of the Hit Parade again with “Blue on Blue,” “Blue Velvet” and“There, I’ve said it again.” I 1964, “My Heart Belongs to Only You” and “Mr. Lonely” earned “The Polish Prince” gold records, as did “Please Love Me Forever” in 1967, “I Love How You Love Me” in 1968 and “My Melody of Love” in 1974.
Bobby’s hits also included, “Sealed with A Kiss,” “Long Lonely Nights,” “Coming Home Soldier,” “Just as Much as Ever,” “Half Way to Paradise,” “To Know You is To Love You” and “Every Day of my Life.”
In the course of his career, Bobby Vinton sold more than 75 million records, appeared in two motion pictures with John Wayne’s “Big Jake” and “The Train Robbers.” He resides on the Gulf Coast at Englewood, Florida.
Bobby Vinton has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame in 2009.