Saturday, September 10, 2011

"Mr. Lonely" by Bobby Vinton.

OK, back to the 60's: Bobby "The Polish Prince" Vinton co-wrote this tear-jerker with Gene Allen in '62 while serving in the Army. First recorded by Buddy Greco (#64 in'62). A soldier overseas with no word from home. Vinton's version was released in '64 as the Vietnam War escalated and quickly topped the charts. The last of his four #1 hits and the only one which was not a cover. Song? For extra credit, his other 3 #1 hits?

Yesterday's answer: "You've Really Got A Hold On Me" by The Miracles. As with so many of their other R&B covers of the day, in my humble opinion The Beatles' version was FAR better than the original!

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