Written by Jack McCarthy
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 00:00
There's no better way to celebrate Valentine's Day than with the one you love, and the artist hailed as "the most successful love singer of the 'Rock Era'" by Billboard Magazine.
Lovers everywhere, make your Valentine's Day date today with Bobby Vinton, who is making a rare Chicago-area Valentine's Day appearance with two live concerts exclusively at the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd. in downtown Aurora. Show times are 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 14, 2013. Tickets are only $49-$64. For tickets and information, go to ParamountAurora.com, call the Paramount box office, (630) 896-6666, or visit the box office Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and two hours prior to evening performances.
Be there as Vinton and his band play hit-after-hit that still warm the hearts of millions around the world. From "Roses are Red" and "Sealed with a Kiss" to "My Melody of Love", "Mr. Lonely" and perhaps his most famous hit, "Blue Velvet", Vinton, a.k.a., "The Polish Prince," amassed more No. 1 hits between 1962-1972 than any other male vocalist, including Elvis and Sinatra.
Stanley Robert Vinton was born on April 16, 1935 in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania suburb of Canonsburg. After a brief spell in the U.S. Army, Vinton recorded his first single titled "Roses are Red" (My Love) in 1962. It went to No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Arguably his most famous song is 1963's "Blue Velvet" that also went to No.1.
In 1964, Vinton had two No.1 hits, "There! I've Said It Again" and "Mr. Lonely", the latter now being the basis for Akon's hit "Lonely". In the 1970s, he had a few more hits such as "My Melody of Love" which was partially sung in Polish and the cover of Brian Hyland's "Sealed With A Kiss".
In the course of his career, which also encompassed countless TV and film appearances, Vinton has sold over 75 million records and is still performing on tour and at the Bobby Vinton Blue Velvet Theatre in Branson, Missouri.
In recognition of his recording career, Vinton has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For complete information, visit bobbyvinton.com.
The Paramount Theatre is the center for performing arts, entertainment and arts education in Aurora, the second largest city in Illinois.
Named "One of Chicago's Top 10 Attended Theaters" by the League of Chicago Theaters, the 1,888-seat Paramount Theatre, located in the heart of downtown Aurora at 23 E. Galena Boulevard, is nationally renowned for the quality and caliber of its presentations, superb acoustics and historic beauty.
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