Day 265: Blue Velvet

Song: “Blue Velvet” by Bobby Vinton
Reached #1: September 21, 1963 (his second, 3 weeks)

Bluer than blue…

I won’t pretend otherwise – this song is here for a personal reason.  On September 21, 1963, Bobby Vinton scored his second #1 with a cover of a minor Tony Bennett hit.  On September 22, 1963, I scored my first breath, with far less fanfare.

Yes, “Blue Velvet” was my birthday #1. 

There was a book a few years ago called “Popstrology”, that claimed that the #1 song on the day you were born determined your future.  I don’t think that’s true – I’m nothing like Vinton or his music – but hey, it’s as valid a theory as astrology, right?  

For the Polish Prince, not only was “Blue Velvet” his second #1, it was his second color-based #1, after “Roses Are Red (My Love)” in 1960.  The difference there was that he self-promoted “Roses Are Red”, and had a record label (Epic) behind him for “Blue Velvet”.

Vinton was one of the last American artists to survive the British Invasion, continuing to get songs into the top 40 through 1975, including one #1 after the Beatles changed everything.  Ironically, for all of his success here, he really had no impact in the UK, with just two chart hits there – until a re-release of “Blue Velvet” hit #3 there in 1990.

There’s only one song that ever hit #1 on September 22.  See you tomorrow for that…

Other songs that reached #1 on September 21:
1959 –
“Sleep Walk” by Santo and Johnny (their first, 2 weeks)
1968 – “Harper Valley P.T.A.” by Jeannie C. Riley (her first, 1 week)
1974 – “Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe” by Barry White (his first, 1 week)
1985 – “Money For Nothing” by Dire Straits (their first, 3 weeks)
1991 – “I Adore Mi Amor” by Color Me Badd (their first, 2 weeks)

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